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Sightings Log Archive: October 2002 - December 2002

Date: December 30, 2002
Location: Winton Woods Backyard
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: None

Fly over by a Great Blue Heron.

Date: 12/29/02
Location: East Milford Triangle of Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bob Foppe

Just a note to say that written documentation for the Lincoln's Sparrow is being sent to the Ohio Bird Records Committee for review.

My field notes describe the bird as follows: Very fine streaks, central spot, very dark reddish brown crown stripes with gray lateral crown stripes and gray face. Very buffy upper breast.

The bird was sitting in a shrub under the high tension tower behind Showcase Cinemas along Milford Parkway. It was about a foot away from a juv. White-crowned Sparrow for a size comparison, and it was much smaller than the WC.
There were many sparrows in that field, including about 200 Song, 1 Savannah, 1 Swamp, 30 American Tree and at least 150 House Finches and about 60 American Goldfinches.

The streaks on the Lincoln's were very fine and crisp, not diffuse or faded as might appear on some Swamp Sparrows. The buffy coloration on the upper breast was also clean and neat. The bird was definitely an adult, NOT a juvenile.

If anyone has a copy of "A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrows of the United States and Canada" by James D. Rising and David Beadle, I would appreciate some input as to what this reference has to say about juvenile Lincoln's vs. juvenile Swamp.

Finally, my computer records show that I have 18 prior records for Lincoln's, 72 prior records for Swamp and numerous records for Song.

Thanks,

David.

Date: Monday, December 30, 2002
Location: Springfield Twnshp, Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


On Sunday 12/29/02 the Cincinnati CBC missed Common Grackle and had a fairly low total of 2655 European Starlings (I'm not complaining about the Starling #'s). One week earlier the Western Hamilton County CBC had a total of only 21 Common Grackles.
The reason I bring this up? As my son Jack and I were returning from a Drs. visit on Monday afternoon 12/30/02 about 3:00 pm and were driving north on Winton Rd., Jack noticed a large flock of Grackles and Starlings on the soccer fields at Brent Elementary school in Brentwood. I turned around and pulled into their parking lot and found ourselves looking at a mixed flock of Starlings, Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds numbering in the thousands, foraging widely over 2 soccer fields, a baseball field and the yards of several adjacent homes. We estimated 500+ Common Grackles, 3500 Starlings and at least 10 Red-winged Blackbirds but there easily could have been more.
Of course winter flocks of blackbirds are notorious for their wide-ranging "here today, gone tommorow" movements. Even though this area falls in the W. Hamilton Co. count circle, we still found it amusing that this one spot had more Grackles and Starlings than 82 people could find in an entire day of birding a huge count circle the day before.

Date: Sunday, December 29, 2002
Location: Count circle as past 55 years
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count / 82 participants


The 56th consecutive Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Sunday 12/29/02. An unseasonably mild day was appreciated by the 82 birders who participated. We tallied 87 total species, one short of our all-time high of 88 species which was set on last years count.
Eighteen species of waterfowl (Anatidae) contributed significantly to our totals, with Greater Scaup (3) the most unusual for this count, having been recorded on only 2 previous counts. Wood Duck and Canvasback were notable misses.
A Lincoln's Sparrow was certainly the rarest species reported, considered accidental at this season in Ohio. The two observers who saw this bird clearly for about 2 minutes, provided written documentation that was accepted. This is actually the second record of Lincoln's Sparrow in the history of this count.
Pine Siskin (4) and Red-breasted Nuthatch (2) were notable, particularly as both species seem to be scarce throughout Ohio this year.
We also had one Bonaparte's Gull, unusual (only 6 previous times) on this count. Wintering vultures continued there trend of the past few years, as we recorded both Turkey Vulture (65) and Black Vulture (16).
A number of half-hardy species boosted our count totals and included; Red-headed Woodpecker (1), Eastern Phoebe (2), Winter Wren (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3), Hermit Thrush (11), Brown Thrasher (1), Savannah Sparrow (1), Eastern Meadowlark (4), and Rusty Blackbird (3).
We set new count highs for Ring-necked Duck with 558 (previously 503) and Pileated Woodpecker with 37 (previously 35). Northern Bobwhite continues a recent local decline as we missed this bird again, recording it on only 4 of the last 8 years. Prior to that we recorded this species for 48 straight years, usually in good numbers with an all-time high of 550 in 1969. We recorded 1861 American Crows, that number down from the previous five year average of 4370. Red-tailed Hawk (75), Red-shouldered Hawk (7), Cooper's Hawk (13) and Sharp-shinned Hawk (10) were all slightly above average.
Some other notable miss'es on this years count, with the number of previous years they were recorded, were Purple Finch 54 years, Common Grackle 49 years, Herring Gull 32 years and Wilson's Snipe 30 years.

Date: 12\29\02
Location: Camp Dennison pits
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders: Mike Evans and Ben Scott

500+coots 40 ring bill gulls 25 canada geese,25+hooded mergansers,buffleheads,1Blue heron (I REALLY NEED A SCOPE)The pit behind valley asphalt 250+ ring necks 6 canada geese and 1 snow goose in the back yard at the valley asphalt office

Date: 12-29-02
Location: Camp Denison Gravelpits
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Husband

Wonderful waterfowl on Sunday at Camp Denison Gravepits from 4:30-5:00 pm: 2 male pintails, 1 female common merganser, 1 female ruddy duck, 7 male ring-necked ducks and 2 female, 50+ male/female hooded mergansers, 25+ male/female bufflehead, 30+ american widgeon, 25+ gadwall, 15+ mallard, 10+ male/female shovelers, 10+ pied-billed grebe, 300+ canada geese, 450+ coots, 1 ring-billed gull, and most likely 1 black duck. Sorry for the "+" (inexact) counts for some species... but we had a tired 12 year-old waiting in the car.
On the home front,in our backyard bordering Rapid Run Park: daily appearances by 4 tufted titmice, 6 carolina chickadees, 1 song sparrow, 6-8 white-throated, 8-10 junco, 2 carolina wrens, male & female downy, female red-bellied, 30+ house sparrow, 10+ house finch, 20+ starling, and an occasional flicker, blue jay, and cooper's hawk.

Date: December 29, 2002
Location: Loveland House on the Trail
Reporter: Susana Spoon
Other Birders:

I just put feeders up for the first time in my life. I can't believe the variety of birds! Several Northern Flickers(male); Pileated Woodpecker, lots of Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees, White breasted Nuthatch, House Finches, Goldfinches (males), Purple Finches (female);Mourning Doves, Cardinals, Robin, Tufted Titmouse, 1 Starling yesterday, Carolina Wren, and 2 BlueJays.

This Field Guide will have to be surgically removed from my hand!

Date: 12/25 & 12/28, 2002
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Christmas Day highlights at my feeders include the first Northern Flicker of the season (f), 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (m), 2 Carolina Wrens, and season highs of Northern Cardinal (8 - 4m, 4f) and Song Sparrow (3).

12/28 - 2 Tufted Titmice (only the second occurrence at my feeders this season).

Date: December 26, 2002
Location: Winton Woods backyard feeder
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Some highlights from the feeders on the 26th. One piliated Woodpecker, 2 Carolina Wrens, one common flicker, and one white-throated sparrow. Two Robins in the woods.

Date: 12/26/02
Location: Camp Dennison gravel pits
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders: none

3 pairs hooded merganser,scaups,50 ring billed gulls,100 or so coots,could not identify others,no scope.1st time here what a great place

Date: 12/24 and 12/25/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery; Union Centre Boulevard
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Spring Grove Cemetery, Cinti on 12/24/02, mid afternoon- a imm. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near the caretaker's cottage ( what I think the building is); having to make an emergency run on Christmas day to Walgreens on Rt. 747 near Union Centre Blvd. in Butler County, had a fly-over of a peregrine falcon at the Mulhauser intersection. More time and better planning would have enabled me to follow it as it was flying due west towards Rt. 4, but no such luck.

Date: 12/27/02
Location: Loveland, Next to the Glen Lakes subdivision
Reporter: Michael Evans
Other Birders:

I had just put out suet this morning. Then about 20 to 25 European Starlings came and swarmed it. Also on my feeders are 25 to 30 House Sparrows. I also saw two Blue Jays and one House Sparrow.

Date: 12/25/02
Location: New Richmond
Reporter: tom uhlman
Other Birders:

While eating xmas dinner I was also watching birds out the window - 1 E. phoebe, many titmice, chickadees and other feeders birds, 1 G.C. kinglet

Date: Sunday, December 22, 2002
Location: Western Hamilton Co. CBC Highlights
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

33 counters (plus 2 at feeders) found a record high 72 species, beating the old record by 1. Mute Swan was new to the list, with 1 found at Miami-Whitewater (we have traditionally not counted the birds on the front ponds at Spring Grove Cemetery). We had record high counts of Black Vulture (19), Ring-billed Gull (2455), Herring Gull (9, tie), and Gray Catbird (3). Noteworthy misses were Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Northern Shoveler, Great Horned Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Purple Finch. The complete results are on the Aubudon web site, at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/.

Date: 12/23/02
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Cooper's Hawk showed up today at my feeders and scattered the starlings and house sparrows. I don't know whether she got any birds since she landed on the fence behind a lot of honeysuckle branches obstructing my view before taking flight southwest toward Cleves-Warsaw Ave.

Also saw the first Downy Woodpecker in my backyard since before I put the feeders up last October. The Downy did not come to the feeders but stayed within the pine trees feeding on bark insects.

Date: 12/22/02
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: my dad

A quick drive by of Camp Dennison yielded very low numbers. Exceptions were Mallards at about 75. Other species included Ring necked, L Scaup, Hooded Mergs, Gadwall, Widgeon, 1 Redhead, PB Grebe, Coots, and some RB Gulls. less than 200 birds total.

Date: 12/22/02
Location: Covedale Backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

My house falls within the count circle for the Western Hamilton County CBC. Since I was unable to participate in other aspects of that count, I decided to count birds seen at my feeders and from my back door.
With 3 party hours, I counted the following:

Rock Dove 16, Mourning Dove 12, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 100, Carolina Chickadee 2, Carolina Wren 2, American Robin 1, European Starling 71, Northern Cardinal 3, White-throated Sparrow 11, Song Sparrow 2, House Finch 29, American Goldfinch 5, House Sparrow 60.

Missed birds that I've had in my yard this season were: Cooper's Hawk, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Dark-eyed Junco.

Today, 12/23, my Blue Jay count increased to 4 birds.

Date: December 21, 2002
Location: West Chester Wetlands & Ellis Lake
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

2 catbirds along the canal path towards the wetlands; 30+ song sparrows, 20+ swamp, 100+ white-throated sparows, 6 American tree, 3 white-crowned, 10 cardinals, 20+ robins, 1 mockingbird, 1 red-tailed hawk. Three brown creepers in the few minutes spent at Ellis Lake.

Date: December 21, 2002
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond and Lake
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Wind is strong on the lake edge. 11 Ring-billed Gulls, 23 Mallards, 5 Canada Geese on the Lake. One Great Blue Heron flying east to west and one Red-tailed Hawk circling. One Kestrel, 4 Scaup, 2 American Coots, and what appeared to be two female Red-Heads (the scope was vibrating in the wind just a little too much to be certain).

Date: 18 December 2002
Location: Meldahl Dam, Bracken Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

With the exception of 2 sleepy Surf Scoters above the dam on the KY side, things were pretty slow at the dam today. Only about 30 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Pied-billed Grebes and that was it. Probably due to the higher (very muddy) water.

Date: Mon. 12/16/02, 4:15-5:00 PM
Location: 4134 Old South Riverside, Batavia, OH
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none

This may be a second posting . . my apologies if it is.

Drove from Florence, KY to Batavia, OH to perforom a one-man, one-hour Christmas Bird Count. 8>)

Intended humor aside, drove to location hopefully to see the Rufous Hummingbird.
Bird was still there!! It visited the feeder on three occasions, and each time it visited, I got closer and closer, until I was only 9 feet away on its last visit. Great sight!

Thanks to Hank Armstrong for excellent directions and to the owners of the proerty for their permission to see such a rare visitor to this area.

Date: Dec.17,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Ice cleared off main pond in last few days allowing some water fowl back in.This morning at between 8:00 and 9:00am 34 Snow Geese,10 blue phase,300+ Canada Geese,125+ Mallards and 18 Black Ducks. All the geese were gone by 8:30.

Date: 12/16/02
Location: Downtown Cinti
Reporter: Connair
Other Birders:

The male and female peregrines finally showed up to reclaim a woodcock they had cached on a rooftop ledge 11/11. They appear to be the same pair from last year. The male, who has a clear white breast and dark slate upper parts has a silver band on his right leg and a black on the left. The female is duskier and has pink on the right and black over red on the left. The male appeared to have ownership of the cache. He ate from it for about 10 minutes and then stuffed it back in a corner (I presume for another day).

Date: 12/16/02
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Harvested fields seemed to be providing plenty of food for waterbirds today. 2 separate fields, 1 had about 90 Canada Geese, the other had 175 Mallards and 20 Blacks. Titmice have been pretty numerous in my CBC scouting. Most were seen foraging in wild food plots.

Date: 12-14-02
Location: my yard on Neeb Rd
Reporter: S. Marty Dermody
Other Birders:

Yes! My first tufted titmouse showed up on the peanut feeder. I was very glad to see it. It came back several times to collect its reward.

Date: December 14, 2002
Location: Hamilton-Fairfield Christmas Bird Count
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: 21 CBC count participants

Here are some highlights from the Hamilton-Fairfield CBC held this past Saturday. Twenty-one participants is our highest turnout in recent years, and seventy-nine species is the highest total in the count's history, dating back to 1921. Waterfowl and water birds were the difference this year. Seventeen species of waterfowl, proper, plus common loon, pied-billed grebe, and American coot. However, the numbers of these birds--other than Canada geese and mallards--were low. The gravel pits and Great Miami River and its backwaters were productive this year.

Highlights in more or less taxonomical order: common loon, pintail, green-winged teal, gadwall, canvasback, ring-necked duck, all three mergansers, goldeneye, bufflehead, surf scoter, ruddy duck, lesser scaup, 1 greater scaup--seen at close range and well documented.

Two sapsuckers, 1 phoebe, 1 red-breasted nuthatch, 2 winter wren, 3 ruby-crowned kinglets, 2 catbirds (both seen at close range at the Port Union Wetlands), 2 yellow-rumped warblers, 2 fox sparrows.

Blackbird and corvid numbers seemed low, but I don't have all the figures in yet, and who knows quite what to make of it? For instance, in the Port Union to Gilmore Ponds corridor, which has excellent habitat, we had all of two rusty blackbirds. There have been flocks in the 20+ range hanging around for the past month or so.

One intriguing bird that got away and didn't make the list is a possible osprey/eagle that was seen Saturday and Sunday for short periods and at great distance.

Date: 12/16/02 - 10:30am
Location: House, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

This morning, I was surprised to see 5 Black Vultures soaring above the house. Surprised because we had no BVs on the count yesterday and I only live ~1.5 miles outside of the EF CBC circle.

Date: 12/15/02
Location: Swope Rd. and St. Rt. 133, S of Bethel, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Paul Wharton

A Rough-legged Hawk was seen flying to the west from this location by myself and Paul. (On the East Fork CBC.)

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

20 horned larks, 50+ goldfinch, 30+ American tree sparrows, 5 song sparrows, 1 fox sparrow, 1 Carolina wren, 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 kestrel, 5 meadowlarks, 20 starlings, 10 mourning doves, 15 robins.

Date: 12/15/02
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

First Tufted Titmouse of the season at my feeders this morning. Black oil sunflower was its choice today.

Date: 7 Dec 2002
Location: Anderson twp. Ohio
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

The second Rufous Hummingbird in the Cincinnati area was seen from mid October to ~7 December 2002.It was a adult male that was coming to a feeder in Anderson Twp. There have been at least 12 Rufous Hummingbird records in Ohio this fall/ winter.

Date: 12/13/02
Location: Batavia, Ohio
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Bob Foppy

The Rufous Hummingbird was again see at the feeder at Mrs. C. Johmson's home in Batavia this morning at 10:AM.

Date: 12-12
Location: Neville, OH
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

2 adult Bald Eagles were perched in treeline along Ohio River just east of the Village of Neville. They could easily be seen from US 52.

Date: 12/10/02
Location: Mt Airy Forest
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

While walking through Mt Airy yesterday I watches a sharp shinned hawk make mutiple passes at a pileated woodpecker. As the hawk would dive on it the pileated would just move to the other side of the branch. Also there were many Chickadees and Titmice. Also 1 hermit thrush.

Date: 12-7-02
Location: Clermont County Park District/ Sycamore Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

Final tally for Winter Bird Count at Sycamore Park (S.R. 132 southern end of Batavia).

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 18, Eastern Screech Owl 1, Belted Kingfisher 3, Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 7, Blue Jay 16, Carolina Chickadee 43, Tufted Titmouse 15, White-breasted Nuthatch 11, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 13, Mockingbird 6, American Robin 10, Bluebird 8, Golden Crowned Kinlet 3, Northern Cardinal 19, American goldfinch 7, Dark-Eyed Junco 5, White-throated Sparrow 18, Song Sparrow 3, European Starling 94, Crow 5.
Total: 28 species

Date: 12-7-02
Location: Clermont County Park District/ Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders: Veronica Brannen, and others

Totals for the Clermont County Park District Winter Bird Count at Kelley Nature Preserve (SR 126, just North of Miamiville)

Canada Goose 2, Mallard 9, Gadwall 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Buteo sp. 1, Killdeer 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 4, Blue Jay 4, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 7, Mockingbird 1, American Robin 150, Hermit Thrush 1, Cedar Waxwing 7, Northern Cardinal 6, Goldfinch 4, Rufous-sided Towhee 2, Dark-eyed junco 3, White - throated Sparrow 5, Song Sparrow 1, European Starling 164.
Total: 26 species

Date: 12/7/02
Location: Clermont County Park District
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders: Chris Clingman, Suzanne Clingman

The Clermont County Park District held its annual winter bird count on Saturday December 7th, at 3 locations here is the final tally.

Crooked Run Nature Preserve/Chilo Lock #34 Park (US 52 in the village of Chilo)
Pie-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 5, Ring-billed Gull 420+, Herring Gull 25, Bonaparte's Gull 50, Mallard 27, Hooded Merganser 10, Common Merganser 20, Red-Tailed Hawk 2, Red-Shouldered Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 1, Black Vulture 6, Turkey Vulture 1, Killdeer 1, Mourning Dove 28, Belted Kingfisher 3, Flicker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 12, Blue Jay 6, Carolina Chickadee 39, Tufted Titmouse 17, White-breasted Nuthatch 11, Carolina Wren 25, Mockingbird 6, American Robin 2, Goden Crowned Kinglet 10, Cardinal 30, House Finch 10, American Goldfinch 25, Rufous-sided Towhee 3, Dark -eyed Junco 24, Tree Sparrow 14, Field Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 44, Swamp Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 49, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, European Starling 71, Crow 4 Total: 43 species

Date: 121002
Location:
Reporter: JIM SCOTT
Other Birders:

RONALD REAGAN @GALBRAITH 1OO+ GULLS FLYING IN FORMATION SW I ASSUME THEM TO BE RING BILLS

Date: 12/11/02
Location: East Fork State Park,campground beach on the north side of the lake.
Reporter: Dave Helm
Other Birders:

8 common mergansers where the beach ends and the lake turns north into the flooded timber.

Date: 12/07/02
Location: Caesar Creek area/ Cowan Lake
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Please forgive the late posting. 'Tis the season for me to fall on my face. My search for Lapland Longspurs was rewarded by finding 2 keeping company with Horned Larks along Lincoln-Ellis Rd. (I hope that's the name) near the visitors' center. There was precious little to be seen otherwise other than hunters. Silly me, I didn't expect them in the no hunting zones.
Cowan Lake was better. There was a Loon, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, about 12 Black Ducks, 5 Green-winged Teal, a few Shovelers, and probably 200 Mallards .

Date: December 10, 2002
Location: US Route 52, Downtown Neville
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

One immature Bald Eagle perched in tree on river side of 52 in Neville. Near the picnic shelter.
Recent sighting in Chilo along Route 52 is a red shouldered hawk. Has been seen near the entrance to the Chilo Lock #34 Park.
Neville is about 10 miles up river from New Richmond. Chilo is about 15 miles upriver from New Richmond.

Date: December
Location: Delhi Township
Reporter: Bob Nienaber
Other Birders:

In regards to the titmice-I have had as many as four at my feeders this year which is more than I usually get.

Date: 12/10/2002 ~ 3 pm
Location: upper Western Hills Viaduct (westbound side)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Cooper's Hawk perched atop lightpost.

Date: December 10, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 great blue heron, 2 red-tailed hawks, 1 kestrel, 1 killdeer, 1 kingfisher, 3 downy wp, 1 red-bellied wp, 10+ chickadee, 1 brown creeper, 5 Carolina wren, 6 gc kinglet, 100+ robins, 1 mockingbird, 3 starling, 12 cardinals, 10 song sparrow, 50+ white-throated sparrows, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 5 red-winged blackbirds, 1 meadowlark, 20 rusty blackbirds, 1 grackle, 3 cowbirds (males), 3 goldfinch, 1 large gnarly dead doe.

The most interesting bird of the morning is one that may or may not be around. There were six small, gray owl pellets under a cedar tree on the newly-mowed trail off of the Symmes Road dike ("Woodcock Corner" on the Gilmore map. There are metal poles stuck in the ground on either side of the tree. You can't miss it). Last December through January over a course of a four week period I found 7-8 new pellets each week under this tree, and a group of birders saw one saw-whet on December 21 in a cedar behind Quality Publishing. Over the past three years the handful of cedars off the Symmes Road dike west of South Pond have "produced" two saw-whets that people have actually seen, and many small saw-whet-sized pellets. I would bet that there's a saw-whet at Gilmore, and it was probably snug tight this morning among the numerous vine and shrub honeysuckle arbors around South Pond that have been meticulously cultivated and maintained over the years.

Date: Tues, 12/10/02 11:50 am
Location: Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

RE: Titmice/Chickdees
Seen at my sunflower (black oil and striped)/mixed/thistle feeders this fall/winter. Chickadees, Titmice, Carolina Wrens, House Finch and Juncos on the ground below feeders, along with usual residents. I have noticed that there far fewer Titmice this year than in the past. Chickadees remain about the same numbers.

Date: 12/10/02
Location: Home - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

I have 5 Tufted Titmice coming to my feeders. They have been here since Oct. when I put my feeders out. I am trying to get some good photos for documentation ;-)

Date: 12-10-02
Location: Delhi - Neeb Rd.
Reporter: S. Marty Dermody
Other Birders:

I too am wondering what happened to the titmice. I have not seen one since sometime in August. I do have chickadees and carolina wrens on a peanut feeder, but no titmice. I am waiting and hopefully they will come back. I love their call. Marty

Date: 12/08/02
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I placed my feeders on October 31st.
Sunday December 8th was my first sighting of Carolina Chickadees at my feeders this season. They came in for black oil sunflower and safflower. My season high chickadee count is two, so far. I also now have two Carolina Wrens coming mainly for peanuts but also for suet cake. The Red-bellied Woodpecker is now rather infrequent and usually goes for black oil sunflower.
BTW, the snow day (i.e., 12/04) produced a season high at my feeders with 12+ White-throated Sparrows, 4 Northern Cardinals, and 2 Song Sparrows. Living in the city limits, that isn't too bad, but I could have more cardinals. I think the House Sparrows and Starlings discourage other birds from coming, except the rare occurrence of a Cooper's Hawk.
Still no Tufted Titmice at my feeders.
I will post a feeding preference list later on the message board. The sparrows and starlings appear to eat everything!!! Where's that hawk? (The Cooper's Hawk seems to prefer House Sparrows).

Date: 12/8/02
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders: 2

Highlights were a red-shouldered hawk perched along Bantam Road and 6 or 7 horned larks landing briefly on the beach. Other birds: 2 red-tailed hawks, 3 horned grebes, 1 pied-billed grebe, 3 hooded mergansers, hundreds of mallards and ring-billed gulls.

Date:
Location: Camp Dennison trespassing
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I just wrote a letter asking the city manager of Indian Hill for an update and possibly a legal birding area. He asked that all birders be patient until they work through the future use hearings and develop a short term management plan. He went on to say anyone on the property is trespassing. He also said they should have a better handle on the issue by early spring. So if you do go down there, please watch and make sure you are not trespassing. I can't even think of anywhere that is legal besides standing outside the metal line that runs along the property. Hopefully these meetings go well and the property will remain in a similar state.

Date: December 8, 2002
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Another pass with the car and a quick stop to get a better count. ~300 Ring-billed Gulls (Looked for but did not see any other species), 32 mallards, 2 Black Duck, 15 Canada Geese, and one Great Blue Heron. Interesting to me - both Jackie and I estimated 150 gulls when driving over the Winton Rd. Bridge. When I stopped for a better count (best estimate) the actual number was 2X our first impression.

Date: 12/8/02
Location: Western Hamilton County/ Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I too was out driving around western Hamilton County and obviously went into Butler County when a Rough-legged Hawk was observed at Strickers Grove on Rt 128 in Ross. Also many Horned Larks along the way but not lucky enough to get that one Lapland Longspur!
Around 5p a flock of 50 Sandhill Cranes were flying over Spring Grove Cemetery. No merlins yet.

Date: Dec.8,2002
Location: Western Hamilton County
Reporter: Paul Wharton
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I went driving the back roads looking for field birds and was not disappointed. In 2+hrs I found over 500 horned larks and was able to find 1 Lapland Longspur in those flocks.The longspur was in a small flock of horned larks on New Haven Rd. about 100 yards west of Rt.126. A large flock of 200+ larks was feeding in a freshly manured field on Garner Rd. just north of Rt. 129. Poor lighting and 100+ yards kept me from picking out any Longspurs, but it had potential.
From 3:15 to 3:35 this afternoon, I had 3 flocks of Sandhill Cranes fly over the yard consisting of 130+/-, 12, and 110+/- birds. Kind of makes me wonder what happened the rest of the day.

Date: 12/8/02
Location: Near Newtonsville, Ohio
Reporter: Kevin and Mary Beth Mills
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Nearly 100 Sandhill Cranes noisily flying overhead in at least three distinct groups.

Date: 12-8-02
Location: MItchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
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Saw about 60 Sandhill Cranes (noisily) flying over the park this afternoon.

Date: December 8, 3 pm
Location: Camp Denison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Ev Kitchen
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Most of the same waterfowl seen on Saturday by Cade and Foppe with the addition of 2 pintails, the first I've seen there in 3 years. Up to half of the pits water surface is frozen. I think we've had open water for the Christmas bird count about 75% of last 15 years.

Date: 12/7/2002 10:40 - 11:30 AM
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

I thought I'd go ahead and post this list to show the remarkable similarities, and some of the significant differences, in Bob Foppe's findings and ours. There is an hour's difference between lists, and we each had no idea that the other had been there.

List: Pied-billed Grebe 8, Great Blue Heron 1, Canada Goose 1, Gadwall 40, American Wigeon 50, American Black Duck 18, Mallard 100, Northern Shoveler 1, Canvasback 2, Redhead 1, Ring-necked Duck 30, Lesser Scaup 8, Bufflehead 15, Hooded Merganser 20, Ruddy Duck 10, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 800, Killdeer 1, Ring-billed Gull 5, Rock Dove 15, Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 8, Carolina Chickadee 18, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Eastern Bluebird 10, American Robin 400, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 1,000, Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 5, Northern Cardinal 10, American Goldfinch 4, House Sparrow 2.

Date: 12/7/2002 8:00 - 10:15 AM
Location: East Fork SP & Batavia, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

No Long-tailed Ducks sighted from the South Swimming Beach. There was a nice raft of 1400 dabblers of three species hard against the shoreline at the Saddle Dam. Good views were had from the roadway atop the dam itself. There was also an adult Bald Eagle patrolling the same area, keeping the ducks warm with their intermittent frenzied flight.

There must be a vulture roost somewhere near Batavia. Every time I pass the area, one or both species are soaring overhead in good numbers.

List: Pied-billed Grebe 4, Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 12, Gadwall 120, American Black Duck 80, Mallard 1,200, Bald Eagle 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 1, Killdeer 1, Ring-billed Gull 6, Rock Dove 2, Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Blue Jay 12, American Crow 7, Carolina Chickadee 25, Tufted Titmouse 12, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 8, Eastern Bluebird 6, American Robin 40, European Starling 800, American Tree Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 20, Northern Cardinal 12, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 5, House Sparrow 2.

Date: December 7, 2002
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

A drive-by birding on Winton Lake turned up 15 mallards, 13 Canada Geese, and 2 Great Blue Herons on the ice shelf. I also had 2 Grackles at the yard feeders today. Some interesting data is comming in on the OH portion of the Cornell University Feeder Watch Program. More later as the data matures and more sights report in.

Date: 12/7/02
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Indian hill resident that is a birder

Waterbird update: 1230
12 PB Grebe, 1 Ca Goose, 110 Mallards, 90 Gadwall, 75 Widgeon, 2 Redhead, 250 Ring necked, 8 L Scaup, 12 Bufflehead, 60 Hooded Mergs, 35 Ruddy Ducks. Oh and about 400 Coots.

Date:
Location: re: 747 / Union Center Blvd. Peregrine
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charles Hoffman, Rick Dage, Wayne Waulgman, et. al.

Chuck Hoffman, Rick Dage, and Wayne Wauligman, et. al., actually found the peregrine on the Hamilton-Fairfield CBC last year. Bad photos of same bird (my photos) can be seen at http://gilmore.pond.org/newsletter/cbc_01.shtmll

When Charles and Rick pointed the bird out to me while we were driving around the new developments behind McDonald's off of 747, I said "Oh, that bird. That's a red-tail." They disagreed, forced me to get the scope out, and, well... Anyway...

The bird last year had a black band above a silver band on one leg (I think it was the left leg), and if I remember correctly, I was told it wasn't a local breeder. I think there have been other reports of a winter peregrine in the 747 / Union Center Blvd. area for the past two or three winters. The bird Chuck saw, below, might be the same one.

Date: 12-6-02
Location: Union Centre Blvd & SR 747, West Chester
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders: Linda Holliday

Peregrine Falcon patrolling the corn field on the Northwest corner of Union Centre Blvd & 747. I believe this is the same area thatone was found by Mike Busam on the bird count last year.

Date: December 6, 2002
Location: Voice of America 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Frost

6 horned larks, 10+ mourning doves, 1 eastern meadowlark. I was hoping for short-eared owls, but didn't see any.

Date: Dec. 12, 2002
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

Another D-bB (Drive-by Birding) at Winton Woods turned up 15 mallards huddled on the ice edge. Two great blue herons standing on the ice shelf, and a killdeer in the parking lot. I had a single grackle at the feeders this afternoon. The titmouse reports are in: 6 people sent me notes saying that their titmouse levels were normal around their feeders. However 2 people reported the same distinct lack of titmice that I have observered. Conclusion: None, wait and see, and at least some populations seem to be normal. Four inches of snow on the ground and still no titmice as of today????

Date: December 6, 2002
Location: Ft. Thomas, Kentucky
Reporter: Margaret M. Stigler
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Tufted Titmouse has been visiting my feeders with sunflower seeds and suet, and birdbath with heater. They have been visiting on a regular basis, and saw one again this AM.

Date: 12/6/2002 7:45AM
Location: US50 between Mariemont and Terrace Park
Reporter: William Hull
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I was driving to work this morning and there was a mile long flock of ~1000-2000 gulls along US50 between Mariemont and Terrace Park. Hard to identify gulls from below against an overcast sky while driving but my guess would be they were all Ring-billed.

Date: Dec 5, 2002
Location: Mt. Washington area
Reporter: Rochelle Fowler
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I've had a male pileated woodpecker feeding at a suet station in my back yard for the past 3 days.. less than a foot away from my kitchen window!

Date: 12/5/02
Location: Price Hill - Cincinnati
Reporter: Joan Wessendarp
Other Birders: Annette Muckerheide

This morning at about 8 a.m. a Tufted Titmouse visited the nut feeder in the side yard.At least there is one in the area!

Date: Dec. 1 and Nov. 24
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Susan Burt
Other Birders: Mark Wellage

We heard and then saw more than a hundred sandhill cranes flying south over Camp Dennison from our backyard on Sunday, December 1st around 2pm. It took several minutes for them to pass by in small clusters of 10-20. When my husband first stepped outside it sounded like possibly grouse in the woods - then we looked up! The previous Sunday (November 24th) we saw a single wild turkey running across the large field on the south side of Camp Dennison.

Date: 12/4/02
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Bob Foppe
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Ran over to East Fork arriving about 1640. It was starting to get dark but what an amazing sight. No Long tailed which I was after but about 1500 Gulls and 1000+ Ducks made the trip well worth it. As Bill said before, lots and lots of Mallards. I saw 300+ fly in while I was there for 1/2 hour. They were like clouds streaming in. Other species were 8 Canvasback, 40 Widgeon, 40 Gadwall, 50 Ruddy Ducks. I left about 500 ducks unidentified because I found them late and it was to dark. They were definatly not Coots though. Best viewing of the duck flock was from the saddle dam.

Date: December 4, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
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2 Long-tailed Ducks. They were very close to the shore along the beach. There were also hundreds of other ducks on the lake the majority being Mallards.

Date: 12/04/02
Location: Covedale front yard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

While sitting at my computer in my office I heard an intensified racket of the House Sparrows that normally reside in our mulberry tree in the front yard. When I looked out the window, an immature Cooper's Hawk was perched atop the mulberry while the House Sparrows were supposely hunkered down safe within its lower branches where the hawk could not reach. I thought if I reached for the camcorder which was in a nearby closet, I could get some video footage. After observing the hawk for a couple of minutes, I did decide to reach for the camcorder and when I looked out the window again, the hawk was on the ground at the edge of the driveway. I got about 2-3 seconds of video footage before it flew off. I don't know whether it got a House Sparrow or not, but I hope the hawk returns to my yard. I have had as many as 60 House Sparrows and 30 Starlings at my feeders. We need more of these hawks around!

* Jon observes the lack of Tufted Titmice in a posting below. I put my feeders up on October 31st and I've offered black oil sunflower, mixed seed with milo, millet and both kinds of sunflower, suet cakes, safflower, thistle and peanuts. So far I have not seen a single titmouse or chickadee at my feeders since their placement. I do, however, have a Carolina Wren coming regularly for suet cake and peanuts.

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2002
Location: Maysville, Mason County Kentucky
Reporter: Jay Stenger, fide Paul Wharton
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I am reporting this bird for Paul Wharton, who saw it on Sunday afternoon December 1st.
Paul saw a Loggerhead Shrike perched on a telephone wire along the side of the road about 3 miles east of Maysville Kentucky on the Double A Highway/Ky 9.
Maysville is about 25 miles east of Meldahl Dam and just across the Ohio River from the Brown/Adam's County Ohio line.

Date: 12/3/02
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

A quick check of the lake revealed Pie-billed Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, 18 Tundra Swans that flew over the lake, Canada Geese, A. Wigeon, Gadwall, Green-wing Teal, Mallards, Black Ducks, N. Pintail, N. Shovelers, Canvasbacks, Ring-neck Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Coots, Ring-billed Gulls, Killdeer, Bluebirds, Mockingbird, White-throated & White-crowned Sparrows, Robins, Goldfinch, Cardinal and Blue Jays.

Date: 12/2/02
Location: Batavia
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Cindy Johnson

The Rufous Hummingbird was again observed today. Also in my backyard today in Stonlick Twp Clermont County, 2 Goldeneye! A species that I wasn't really looking for in the backyard but i guess not totally out of the relm.

Date:
Location: Lynchburg
Reporter:
Other Birders:

A friend said she spotted the Snowy Owl flying over the area at 1:00 on Sunday afternoon

Date: 12/1/02
Location: Winton Woods Lake
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Cammie Seymour

75 Ring-billed Gulls at dusk on Winton Woods Lake in a drive-by-birding. Has anyone seen titmice lately??? Since mid-summer I have not heard or seen hardly any titmice and NONE at my feeders. I was wondering about West Nile. Any thoughts or counter observations??? Contact me directly.

Date: Sunday, Dcember 1, 2002
Location: Colerain & Springfield Twnshp, Ham Co. OH
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Ring-billed Gulls, in what has locally become an annual ealy winter phenomenon over the past several winters, have again moved into the suburban setting.
This morning we saw 30 Ring-billed Gulls at Waycross & Hamilton Ave. This late afternoon there were at least 400 Ring-billed Gulls and 6 Herring Gulls wheeling over Rumpke Dump along Colerain Ave. Another group of about 30 were nearby in the Northgate Mall area. And as we neared home about 5:00 pm there were about 175 Ring-billed Gulls over and on Winton Woods Lake.
Prior to the mid 90's it was extermely uncommon to find any gull in these areas, but since then it has become a fairly regular sight at this time of the year.
Easy pickin's at Rumpke's Dump and the nearby malls and safe haven at Winton Lake for the night might explain these particular gulls, but I believe this goes on in other parts of town as well, particularly the Eastgate mall area.

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2002
Location: Hueston Woods SP
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Our best finds at Hueston Woods included 9 Sandhill Cranes, 3 Greater Scaup, and our first Common Mergansers (2) of this season.
Our Hueston list included Common Loon 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Am Black Duck 5, Mallard 200+, Gadwall 3, Redhead 5, Greater Scaup 3, Lesser Scaup 25, Bufflehead 17, Hooded Mergansers 20, Common Merganser 2, Turkey Vulture 30, Coopers Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk 4, Am Kestrel 8, Am Coot 50+, Sandhill Crane 9, Bonaparte's Gull 10+, Ring-billed Gull 300+, Belted Kingfisher, Horned Lark 50, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, E Bluebird 7, Cedar Waxwing 10, Dark-eyed Junco10+.

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2002
Location: Brookville Res. & 9 Mile Rd./Richmond Airport
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Hoping to find longspurs and/or Snow Buntings among flocks of Horned Larks, we drove a lot of country roads around and north of Brookville Lake. No buntings, but we did manage to find 10+ Lapland Longspurs with a large flock of about 200 Horned Larks along 9 Mile Rd. There could easily have been many more but that was the most we were able to see at any one time, as they foraged (on road grit/wind blown seed?)along the side of the road before a car would flush them back into the stubble of an adjacent field and become virtually invisible. A few would return immediately, then others etc.. until another car would come by, flush them again and so on & on.. We were a little suprised because there was little snow, if any in the fields,which is usually the case in my experience when I see this behavior. This exact spot was just 100 yards south of 9 Mile's intersection with Kitchel Rd. about 8 miles north of US 27 in Union County IN. We did see a lot of Horned Larks in other places, but could find no other longspurs.
Our best find at Brookville Lake was a large raft of 90 Greater Scaup, seen at the dam. Almost all the waterbirds we found were either at the dam or at Fairfield Causeway as the water north of Dunlapsville was mostly frozen. Birds seen at and around Brookville Lake included Common Loon 3, Pied-billed Grebe 55, Great Blue Heron 3, Am Black Duck 14, Mallard 400+, Greater Scaup 90, Lesser Scaup 40, Bufflehead 95, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk 12, Am Kestrel 20+, Am Coot 135, Bonaparte's Gull 150, Ring-billed Gull 1000+, Herring Gull 16, Belted Kingfisher 2, Horned Lark 500+, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, E Bluebird 12, Am Tree Sparrow 5, Dark-eyed Junco 40+ and Lapland Longspur 10+.

Date: 12/1/02
Location: Batavia region
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I stopped by the north side of East Fork at sunset. Could not ID birds on water due to lack of light but there were hundreds of gulls streaming into the beach area. There were also 200+ RB Gulls at the Campground beach. Just a note for anyone following the reports of the hummingbird in Batavia. It has positivly been identified as a Rufous per Allen Chartier.

Date: December 1, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

A quick stop at the beach around 3:15PM found many ducks in the middle of the lake and fantastic light to observe them. Numbers are estimated because it was very difficult to count the individuals in the flocks on the lake.

1 Common Loon, 8 Horned Grebe, 1 Gadwall, 4 Am. Widgeon, 12 Am. Black Duck, 75 Mallard, 5 Canvasback, 1 Redhead, 15 Greater Scaup, 100 Lesser Scaup, 75 Bufflehead, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Ruddy Duck, 1 Bald Eagle, 20 Bonapart's Gull, 300+ Ring-billed Gull

Date: 11/30/2002 9:30-11:15 AM
Location: Atherton & Willey Rds, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

I searched unsuccessfully for the Snowy Owl reported on 11/28. I covered an area bounded by Atherton Rd, Cincinnati-Brookville Rd (126), SR 128, Crosby Rd, and New Haven Rd. With the buffeting winds, occasional sleet, and brief snow squall, I certainly could have missed the bird. Interestingly, ther were surprisingly few white plastic bags and milk bottles in the fields.

Date: 11/29/2002 10:20 - 11:50 AM
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

The wind picked up as the morning wore on. Jason and I practiced picking out bird calls in windy conditions. The best part was sucessfully differentiating Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet call notes. Try it...you'll like it!

Trip List: Mallard 6, Rock Dove 6, Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 4, American Crow 4, Carolina Chickadee 25, Tufted Titmouse 10, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Eastern Bluebird 4, American Robin 20, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 60, Cedar Waxwing 15, Song Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 15, Dark-eyed Junco 8, Northern Cardinal 25, American Goldfinch 18, House Sparrow 3.

Date: 11/29/2002 7:50 - 9:50 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

The wind served to dampen down the enthusiasm of birds and birders alike. Most of the birds were concentrated around the fenceline and large pond of the wetland, and at the back end of the golf course pond on Strimple Rd. The highlight was certainly a late Brown Thrasher found hiding in the willows and cattails just west of the wetlands observation deck. It proceeded to burrow in the cattails and refused to respond to pishing. C'est la vie!

Trip List: Great Blue Heron 1, Canada Goose 30, Gadwall 2, American Black Duck 12, Mallard 45, Green-winged Teal 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 3, American Kestrel 1, Rock Dove 18, Mourning Dove 11, Belted Kingfisher 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 5, Blue Jay 10, American Crow 25, Carolina Chickadee 18, Tufted Titmouse 6, Carolina Wren 8, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 5, American Robin 40, Northern Mockingbird 4, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 200, Cedar Waxwing 20, Eastern Towhee 1, Song Sparrow 30, Swamp Sparrow 5, White-throated Sparrow 18, White-crowned Sparrow 4, Northern Cardinal 18, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 25, House Sparrow 4.

Date: 11/28/2002 8:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Location: Caesar Creek SP & Spring Valley WA, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Cold temperatures meant ice cover on most of the smaller ponds and all of Spring Valley Lake. Virtually all of our water birds were viewed from Harveysburg Rd.

Today's highlights weren't water birds, they were birds near water. Single views of Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet brightened up the Nature Center. A lone Purple Finch was at the Visitor Center feeder. Three Northern Harriers were seen soaring over Caesar Creek Lake. A female Ring-necked Pheasant dashed out from a drainage ditch along Furnas-Oglesby Road.

FYI: the Spring Valley marsh boardwalk has a section removed preventing use during waterfowl season.

Trip List: Common Loon 5, Great Blue Heron 3, Canada Goose 40, Gadwall 5, American Wigeon 6, American Black Duck 12, Mallard 45, Green-winged Teal 4, Lesser Scaup 10, Bufflehead 2, Hooded Merganser 6, Northern Harrier 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 8, American Kestrel 8, Ring-necked Pheasant 1, American Coot 10, Killdeer 6, Bonaparte's Gull 8, Ring-billed Gull 75, Rock Dove 18, Mourning Dove 8, Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 7, Northern Flicker 6, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Blue Jay 20, American Crow 70, Horned Lark 10, Carolina Chickadee 60, Tufted Titmouse 15, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 8, Carolina Wren 20, Golden-crowned Kinglet 10, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 18, American Robin 600, Northern Mockingbird 4, European Starling 6,000, Cedar Waxwing 35, Yellow-rumped Warbler 6, American Tree Sparrow 18, Field Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 20, Swamp Sparrow 5, White-throated Sparrow 40, Dark-eyed Junco 55, Northern Cardinal 50, Eastern Meadowlark 3, Purple Finch 1, House Finch 3, Pine Siskin 1, American Goldfinch 35, House Sparrow 10.

Date: 11/30/02 - ~3:00pm
Location: House - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Approximately 100 Sandhill Cranes flying over the house. This is the largest flock of Sandhills I have ever seen.

Date: 11/29/02, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Miami Whitewater Bike Trail
Reporter: Tim Daugherty
Other Birders: Claire Daugherty

1 Red-headed Woodpecker (observed right where the bike trail leaves the parking area); 1 Hairy Woodpecker, viewed from the Wetlands Observation stand; and 4 White-crowned Sparrows in the brush near the Observation stand.

Date: 11/29/02
Location: Meldahl Dam, Bracken Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A very nice, but windy day to view the Ohio river from the spillway. 2 female SURF SCOTERS, 3 Ruddy Ducks, 5 Common Mergansers, 4 Pied-billed Grebes, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 3 Great Blue Herons, 1 Belted Kingfisher. Also some 700 Bonaparte's Gulls spread out both up and downriver from the dam. Only about 90 Ring-billed Gulls and 2 Imm Herring Gulls.

Date: 11/28/2002, 10 a.m.
Location: Near Miami Whitewater (Willey Rd, East of Intersection w/ Atherton)
Reporter: Melissa Cover
Other Birders: Andrew Cover

Snowy Owl was perched on power line on South side of Willey Road near intersection of Willey and Atherton. As we passed on our bikes, the owl flew south over plowed field.

Date: 11/28/02 - 9:00am
Location: East Fork SP - South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

2 Dunlin (life bird - finally) with Killdeer on beach, 2 CAGO, 2 Common Loons, 1 DC Cormorant, Ring-billeds and Bonapartes Gulls (not a lot, but outnumbered RB Gulls). A large raft of waterfowl was to the far right of were I usually see it (more birds too, but with no scope - just black dots).

Date: November 21, 2002
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders:

Sorry this is late but I stopped at the Winton Woods settling pond for a quick look and never got to the computer. 120 Coots, 4 hooded mergansers, 11 Rudy Duck, 15 Amer. Widgeon, 4 Pied-billed Grebe, 6 Wood Duck, 20 Ringed-necked Duck, 11 Gadwall, and 7 Mallards, 2 Field Sparrows and 2 Song Sparrows.

Date: 11/24
Location: New Richmond Ohio
Reporter: Mark Wessel
Other Birders:

25 Snow Geese flying east at the junction of 12mile road and Rt. 132.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 24
Location: Little Miami floodplain field
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

In and around the partly plowed field between Wooster Pike and the Little Miami, north of Beechmont levee, are a pipit, a snipe, horned larks, a savannah sparrow, and several individuals of seven other sparrow species: white-crowned, white-throated, song, fox, swamp, tree, and field. During the past week a vesper sparrow and a lapland longspur also were feeding in the field.

Date: Sun. Nov. 24
Location: Summit Lake SP
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders:

NORTHERN SHRIKE - Foraging along the lakeshore nearest the Entrance Station

Waterfowl species noted: Mallard, Canada Goose, Ruddy Duck, Am. Coot, Horned Grebe, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Norther Shoveler, Am. Widgeon, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Am. Black Dock, Common Loon, Hooded Merganser

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2002
Location: Various locations including Winton Woods, Camp Dennison & East Fork SP
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Jack and I hit a number of spots today with waterfowl migration as our primary target. We visited several locations, but by far the best spots were the Winton Woods settling pond, Camp Dennison Gravel Pits and East Fork State Park.
Our best birds of the day were 15 Greater Scaup at the Camp Dennison pits (seen in the most northern pit along Rt. 126) and a female Black Scoter and a female Surf Scoter (seen together at East Fork SP and loosely associating with a raft of about 45 diving ducks a way offshore from the south swimming beach). Some of the birds we saw at each of these sites were as follows.
Winton Woods settling pond; Pied-billed Grebe 2, Mallard 10, Wood Duck 4, Green-winged Teal 4, Am. Black Duck 1, N. Shoveler 4, Gadwall 25, Am. Wigeon 2, Ring-necked Duck 55, Lesser Scaup 6, Bufflehead 4, Ruddy Duck 20, Am. Coot 80, Belted Kingfisher 2, Am. Kestrel, Coopers Hawk, Field Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet and E. Bluebirds 4.
Camp Dennison gravel pits; Pied-billed Grebe 8, Great Blue Heron 3, Canada Goose 40, Mallard 30, N. Shoveler 5, Gadwall 15, Am. Wigeon 9, Ring-necked Duck 450+, Greater Scaup 15, Lesser Scaup 18, Bufflehead 4, Hooded Merganser 25, Ruddy Duck 20, Am. Coot 400, Bonaparte's Gull 12 and Ring-billed Gull 10.
East Fork SP; Common Loon 2, Pied-billed Grebe 5, Horned Grebe 15, Great Blue Heron 6, Redhead 2, Ring-necked Duck 20, Lesser Scaup 15, Black Scoter 1, Surf Scoter 1, Bufflehead 2, Ruddy Duck 4, Am. Coot 60, Bonaparte's Gull 3 and Ring-billed Gull 1000+.
There were also 33 Killdeer on the Four Seasons marina soccer fields on Kellog Ave. We had 8 Red-tailed Hawks in Hamilton county and 6 in Clermont County.

Date: 11/23/2002 3:15-3:50 PM
Location: Batavia, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Kim and Jason Cade

The female Rufous Hummingbird continues her stay. Thanks to the very hospitable Johnsons for making their yard available to birders. Other birds of note included Brown Creeper, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and 17 Turkey Vultures.

Date: 11-23-2002 (1:30pm)
Location: ceasars creek lake
Reporter: dale a. bodmer
Other Birders:

not as much activity as yesterday, but there was a snow goose mixed in with about 35 canada geese on the swimming beach. and 4 common loons over at the end of harveysburg rd.

Date: 11/23/02
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

15 PB Grebes, 1 GB Heron, 85 C Geese, 40 A Widgeon, 4 Shovelers, 2 Redhead, 475 Ring necked, 9 L Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 35+ Hooded Mergs, 23 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Kestrel, 350+ Coots, and 3 Bluebirds were the birds of note this morning.

Date: November 23, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds & "Big Pond" East of GP
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

"Big Pond" is the fifty-three acres east of Bypass 4 that the city of Hamilton turned over to MetroParks this past week. I'll have some illustrations and maps of this area on the Gilmore Ponds website (www.gilmore.pond.org) within the next few days. Bird list: 6 wood duck, 1 black duck, 200 mallards, 1 red-tailed hawk, 2 Carolina wren, 3 golden-crowned kinglet, 1 bluebird, 2 cardinals, 12+ tree sparrows, 1 fox, 10+ song, 5 swamp, 20+ white-throated, 6-10 white-crowned, 2 red-winged blackbirds, 10 rusty blackbirds, 1 grackle, 3 house finch, 10+ goldfinch.

At Gilmore Ponds: highlights: 2 savannah sparrows, 1 brown thrasher, 20+ rusty blackbirds, and oodles of song and white-throated sparrows. Easily 50+ of each species.

Date: Nov 23
Location: Ceasars Creek
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

One Snow Goose at the swimming beach with a large flock of Canadian Geese

Date: Nov.22
Location: Batavia, Ohio
Reporter: Jack Kemp
Other Birders:

The hummingbird was still coming to the feeder in Batvia today at 1:13 and 1:31 p.m., and maybe buzzed past once in-between. Unfortunately my camera battery died since the last use--so its off to buy another and make a return trip.

Date: 11/22/02
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Six surf scoters and two black scoters were present on Caesar Creek Lake this morning.

Three of the surf scoters were visible from the Harveysburg Rd. overlook. Also seen at this location were 10 common loons, 1 pied-billed grebe, 12 horned grebes, 10 mallards, 15 redheads, 8 lesser scaup and 4 buffleheads.

Across SR-73 at the Furnas Shores Boat Ramp a single small raft contained 2 black scoters, 3 surf scoters, 5 lesser scaup and an American coot. Another larger raft was visible in the distance but the birds in it were too distant to be identified. On the way home I saw a single black vulture soaring over SR-73 just east of Waynesville.

Date: Nov. 21
Location: Acton Lake and route 127 North of Hueston Woods
Reporter: Chris Betrus
Other Birders:

Acton Lake at Hueston Woods was extremely slow. From the dam I only saw 2 horned grebes. From the beach I saw 3 horned grebes, 2 common loons, a dozen or so canada geese, and a few doze ring-billed gulls. Near the nature center there were several dozen bonaparte's gulls, approx 200 ring-billed gulls, over 100 mallards, 5 great blue heron, 2 female bufflehead, and a slew of more geese. Probably the most exciting thing was three titmice eating a smashed osage orange.

Just north of Hueston Woods at a farm pond (see last years postings to get exact location) there were much better numbers of ducks. 1 Great blue heron, 48 hooded mergansers (almost even split), a dozen woodies, , one female northern shoveler, a few hundred or so mallards, and about 100 geese, with one el domestico mixed into the flock.

Good Birding

Chris

Date: Nov 21, 2002
Location: Boat ramp Whitewater SP, Brookville Lk
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

Between 1500-1700 Bonapart's Gulls were feeding in the shallow water between Whitewater and the Dunlapsville Bridge. The water level appears to be at typical winter levels now (huge mudflats now cover the north-end of the lake. Over 850 Killdeer, 17 Dunlin, and a single Pectoral Sandpiper were present on the mudflats. Numerous other ducks, geese (including Snow), and swans were present.

Date: 11-20-02
Location: Batavia, Oh
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

The selasphorus hummingbird was again spotted several times coming to the feeder at Chris Johnson's hone Wednesday afternoon.

Date: 11-18-02
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Lois Shadix
Other Birders: Carl Shadix

A flock of about 25-30 Sandhill Cranes flew low over our house just before sunset.

Date: 11-19-02
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Barb Boyne

Observed one bat flying/circling at dusk over Rapid Run Park.

Date: 11-19-02
Location: Shaker Trace Wetland - MWF
Reporter: Bill Leaman
Other Birders:

Approximately 40 Sandhill Cranes feeding in the wetland.

Date: November 16, 2002
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve & Chilo Lock #34
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman, Keith Robinson

Sorry for the late post. On Saturday November 16, 64 Common Loons were counted on the Ohio River at Crooked Run Nature Preserve and Chilo Lock #34 Park.

Date: November 17, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds & West Chester
Reporter: Jim Becker
Other Birders:

Greetings... Jim Becker asked me to post a couple sightings he had this past Sunday. He saw 6 tundra swans fly over Gilmore Ponds to the east. They landed in the settling pond behind Hamilton Fixture. Later that evening, around dusk, he saw 21 sandhill cranes put down in a field near Mullhouser Road and the large retention basin behind the Scholastic building off of Union Center Blvd. in West Chester--the same basin where Jeff Brown discovered the American avocet a few weeks back.
---Mike Busam

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2002
Location: Audubon field trip to Summit Lake SP & Brookville Reservoir, Indiana
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger, Hank & Lynette Armstrong, Neill Cade, Darlena Graham, Katherine Miller, Yvonne Mohlman and Jim Perry,

Some rare birds were seen on our trip to Summit Lake/Brookville yesterday. Good numbers and diversity of waterfowl and waterbirds were present at both locations, however we looked at Brookville in a pretty quick fashion. Hilite's included Golden Eagle, Long-tailed Duck, Surf Scoter, Tundra Swans, Bald Eagle and a probable White-winged Scoter.
Following is a partial list of birds found at Summit Lake. Most numbers are estimates as we made no real effort to count every bird. Common Loon 50+, Pied-billed Grebe 45, Horned Grebe 35, Double-crested Cormorant 25, Great Blue Heron 10, Tundra Swan 3, Canada Goose 400+, Mallard 300+, N. Shoveler 40, Gadwall 70+, Canvasback 1, Ring-necked Duck 50, Lesser Scaup 15, Long-tailed Duck 1, Surf Scoter 1, Bufflehead 50+, Hooded Merganser 45, Ruddy Duck 45, Bald Eagle (imm) 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Coopers Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 5 (several others on the road) A. Kestrel 3 (many on the road), Am. Coot 200+, Killdeer 3, Herring Gull 1, Bonaparte's Gull 5, Ring-billed Gull 250+, Belted Kingfisher 2, Horned Lark 2, E. Bluebird 4, Cedar Waxwing 225 and Am. Tree Sparrow 3.
On our way back, about 4 miles north of Brookville Res. along Springersville Rd. we saw an adult Golden Eagle. The bird was at some distance away, but soaring in circles for several minutes before we lost sight.
Birds seen at Brookville included the following; Common Loon 50+, Pied-billed Grebe 30+, several Horned Grebes, Great Blue Heron 50+, Canada Geese, Mallards, Gadwall, Ring-necked Ducks, a probable White-winged Scoter seen at a great distance from the dam in fading light, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Red-tailed Hawks, Coopers Hawk, Am Kestrel, Ring-billed Gull 300+, Bonaparte's Gull 300, Pileated Woodpecker, Horned Larks, a late Tree Swallow, and several Am. Tree sparrows.
The extensive mudflats north of Dunlapsville causeway held hundreds of Killdeer, at least 200, but the only other shorebirds we were able to find were 2 Greater Yellowlegs and 6 Dunlin.
Of course we had many of the common songbirds which I did not list,and I apologize to my partners if I omitted anything important. Feel free to correct this report if I did.

Date: 11/18/02 315-330
Location: Batavia
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

The Selasphorus Hummer is still present as of this afternoon.

Date: 18 November 2002
Location: Meldahl Dam Bracken Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A "full house" at Meldahl Dam today. 4 BALD EAGLES (2 immatures, 2 adults) actively fishing and performing quite a bit of playful banter with each other. I haven't seen that many eagles at one time there in quite a few years. 4 female SURF SCOTERS just above the dam, allowing nice close views. 900 Bonaparte's Gulls, 250 Ring-billed Gulls and 4 immature Herring Gulls.I spent several hours straining my eyes, but couldn't come up with any rarities.
Also - 84 Green-winged Teal, 4 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Common Merganser, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 3 Turkey Vultures, and 4 Great Blue Herons.

Date: 11/18/02 1030-1130
Location: Camp Dennsion
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

1 GB Heron, 35 C Geese, 40+ Mallards, 30+ A Widgeon, 4 Shovelers (my first of the fall for CD), 3 GW Teal, 1 Redhead, 490+ Ring necked (I counted that many, so include the birds diving and who knows), 13 L Scaup, 2 Hooded Mergs, 15 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Kestrel, 1 Killdeer, 500++ Coots, 18 RB Gulls, 1 Red bellied, 1 Downy WP, 5 Blue Jays, 1 Mocker, 10 Cardinals.

Date: Nov. 17, 2002 11:00am until 2:00pm
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Common Loon 2, Pied-billed Grebe 4, Horned Grebe 5, Great Blue Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 4, Mallard 5, Bufflehead 20, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Am. Coot 20, Killdeer 5, Dunlin 3, Bonapart's Gull 18, Ring-billed Gull 55, Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 4, N. Flicker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 3, Blue Jay 5, Am. Crow 79 (One Flock of 75), Carolina Chickadee 26, Tufted Titmouse 9, Carolina Wren 12, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, E. Bluebird 3, Am. Robin 1, Rufous-sided Towhee 6, Am. Tree Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 12, Song Sparrow 30, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 12, Dark-eyed Junco 57, N. Cardinal 10, Am. Goldfinch 15

Date: 11-16-02
Location: Backyard bordering Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

In the backyard: Fox sparrow scratching in the leaves and feeding alongside 12 white-throated sparrows, 2 juncos, 1 female towhee, 5 male and 3 female cardinals.

Date: 11/16/02 Full day
Location: Brookville Lake; Summit Lake; Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Started at Brookville Lake, looked at the Fairfield Causeway, about 2 dozen Bonaparte's gulls. Proceeded to upper end through Whitewater SP, saw similar birds as previous posting, also a Northern Harrier and one Great Egret. Went to Summit Lake, best birds were: Black Scoters-16; Surf Scoter-1; Common Loons- 100+, 38 in a single group; 3 Tundra Swans and a good variety of other waterfowl, mostly in protected coves.
Went to Muscatatuck with little time left, Fox sparrow and 5 otters were best finds.

Date: 11-16-2002, (noon til about 3:30)
Location: brookville lake
Reporter: dale a. bodmer
Other Birders: chris potensky

very cold and windy day.
highlights were:
4 bluebirds, @12 bufflehead, 2 american black ducks, @50 hooded mergansers, 12 pied-billed grebes, @150 great blue herons, 6 coots, 100's bonaparte's gulls, 1 golden-crowned kinglet, 40 cedar waxwings, 17 sandhill cranes

Date: Sat. Nov 16, 3pm
Location: Camp Denison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Ev Kitchen
Other Birders:

Decent day for waterfowl. 500+ ring-necked ducks, 250 coot, 30 scaup, 25 hooded merganser, 15 american wigeon, 15 ruddy, 15 bufflehead, 4 gadwall, 2 redhead, 4 pied billed grebes.

Date: 11/16/02
Location: Caesar Creek and Melvin Gravel Pit
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Brian Gara

This AM there was a Forster's Tern on the Caesar Creek beach. In the afternoon my son, Brian and I saw a
Long-tailed Duck along with a few Ruddy
Ducks, Mallards and Pied-billed Grebes on the Melvin gravel pit, seven miles
East of Wilmington off Rt.22.

Date: 11/15/02
Location: Batavia (Old S. Riverside)
Reporter: Dave Russell
Other Birders: Jill Russell, Bob Proud

The Selasphorus hummingbird was still present today at the front feeder at 4:30 p.m.

Also present was a Yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Date: Novembe 14, 2002
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

Unfortunately not a good sighting today. I was obseving a Coppers Hawk hunting the shrubs at work when it went into a dive. The hawk hit a wire fence and dropped to the ground. I tried to revive it but I believe the bird broke its neck. What a waste. I have been watching this bird for several months and I will miss the show.

Date: Nov. 13, 02
Location: Batavia Ohio
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Bob Foppy

The selasphorus hummingbird that Cindy Johnson reported at her residence was seen again today by 4 local birders. The bird has been observed daily from Nov.2,02 through Nov.13,02.

Date: 11/13/2002
Location: VOA park in Butler county
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Highlights here were certainly a single DUNLIN at the edge of the first big puddle to the left of the gravel road that is accessed from Cox Rd.* A single Killdeer was here as well. Closer to the large lake on the north end of the property was a YELLOW PALM WARBLER (Dendroica palmarum hypochrysea).
Other birds of note were about 100 Song Sparrows, 55+ American Goldfinches (feeding on goldenrod?, sorry, I'm not a botanist), a Belted Kingfisher, an Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Mockingbird, American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk.

* There is construction going on at the periphery edges of the park. Access to Cox Rd. seems to be best from Tylersville Rd, but it looks like one could go through the road block signs from either side. I parked along the gravel road near the northwest end of the park where it ends in a cul-de-sac and walked the grassy trail (albeit wet in some places) back toward the ponds.

Date: 11/12/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Casey Tucker
Other Birders: Matt Youngerman

Went looking for the Red Phalarope again late this afternoon (4:15 p.m.) and was unable to relocate it. We did encounter Pied-billed grebes (2), Mallards, Great Blue Herons (3), Great Horned owls (2 calling), Belted Kingfisher (1), & a Sharp-shinned hawk.

Date: 11/12/2002
Location: Red Phalarope pics online
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I've posted some Red Phalarope pics from Saturday Nov. 9th at the link below.

Enjoy,

David

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/david65bird77/lst?.dir=/Red+Phalarope&.src=ph&.view=

Date: 11/12/02
Location: OWLS - National Geographic TV & Magazine
Reporter: Kathy Caminiti
Other Birders:

Some of you may be interested in this:

National Geographic Explorer TV Show premieres "Owls - Silent Hunters" this Sunday November 17th at 8 pm on MSNBC .
(repeats Saturday 11/23 at 6 pm and Sunday 11/24 at 5 am)

See information at
http://www.msnbc.com/news/NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC_Front.asp?cp1=1

The "snowy owl portion" of this show is suppose to be the Owl Research Institute's Snowy Owl Project in Barrow, Alaska. (The president of the Owl Research Institute is Denver Holt who was the featured speaker at our KOS fall meeting and spoke to the Cincinnati Bird Club/Raptor Meeting back in September). This program will cover various species of owls. It aims to reveal how they've conquered the night and adapted to live in some of Earth's most extreme habitats.

Also, watch for a close-up picture of a Snowy Owl chick on the cover of the December issue of National Geographic Magazine. That issue will feature an article on the Owl Research Institute's Snowy Owl research project and how Snowy Owls rely on the boom-or-bust market of their favorite prey: the humble lemming.

Date: Tues., 11/12/02, 3:15-4:20 PM
Location: Miami-Whitewater Lake
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Cold/damp day probably didn't sit well with the Red Phalarope, didn't find him(her). 8>(

However did observe the following:
3 Great Blue Heron
2 Green-winged Teal
1 Orange raft 8>)
15+ Mallard
1 Am Kestrel

3 Red-tailed Hawks on I-275 north.
1 Peregrine Falcon at junction of
I-75 & I-275 in Erlanger, KY.
probably waiting to snare one of the
pigeons.

Date: 12 November, 2002
Location: Miami-Whitewater Boat Docks
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The phalarope was nowhere to be seen around noon today. My photographs seem to confirm a Red Phalarope, all of the shots show a tapering bill, thick at the base and not particularly long or pointed. Some very nice shots, with the floating fall leaves in the water. I think Jonsson's "Birds of Europe" sums it up best - "Red (Grey)Phalarope- ...like Red-necked Phalarope, but in all plumages distinguished by its thicker and less pointed bill".

Date: 11/12/2002 11:10 am to 11:50 am
Location: Miami-Whitewater lake
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I searched the lake in vain for the Red Phalarope but could not relocate the bird. In the vicinity of where I saw the bird on Saturday were Great Blue Herons, Mallards, Wood Ducks and a Belted Kingfisher. I also searched among the rocks to the northwest of the boathouse. I did see two Pied-billed Grebes there.
Good luck to others of you who might try to relocate the phalarope.

- David

Date: November 11, 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Harbor
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders:

I videotaped the phalarope as it swam in the harbor. At one point it flapped its wings, allowing a quick peek at the underwings, and called twice. From the looks of the bill I would have to agree it's a red phalarope, but it would be easy to think otherwise as fast as it was moving.

Date: 10 November 2002
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Haven't got my photos back yet, but I see the pendulum has swung in favor of a Red Phalarope. Actually, I'm sort of glad that I was under the misapprehension that the bird had already been positively IDed. Consequently, I was able to just enjoy the experience of observing a neat little bird, without agonizing over the details. It did seem to have the more delicate "jizz" of a Red-necked to me, so I don't think Jeff has anything to apologize for. Anyway, it was very special to see how fascinated the very small children were by the "baby swan". Maybe the phalarope will spark an interest in birds in several members of our newest generation.

Date: 11 november 2002
Location:
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

Sorry for the apparent miss ID of the MW Lake phalarope. Lucky the bird stayed around so more experienced birders could see it and photograph it. It is amazing one can not ID a bird that is 10 feet away. I better stick to climbing trees and banding hawks.

Date: 11-11-02
Location: Downtown Cinti
Reporter: Connair
Other Birders:

Spotted a female peregrine after about one month of no sightings. She left a woodcock on the roof ledge outside my office.

Date: 11/11/02
Location: MWW Phalarope
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

I'm glad Ned was able to get some digital photos. When the bird was close to me on Saturday, I spent too much time trying for photo-documentation and not enough time studying the bird at close range. Ned's shots show the relatively thick bill. The first one (phalarope 1) shows some residual evenly spaced black and white streaks on the upper back/lower neck. I remember seeing this but not that it was only on the upper back/lower neck. The second and third show some residual reddish color on the neck--at least to my eye. I agree that this bird seems to be a Red Phalarope. Ned's photos are in agreement with all the information that I have from several shorebird references. Hopefully, my photos will not show anything that differs. There was too little light on Saturday morning to try for digital photos. Fortunately, I had very fast film loaded, so I am hopeful that I got some good photos.

Date: Monday, November 11
Location: Miami-Whitewater phalarope
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

Thanks to Steve Pelikan and Charlie Saunders for questioning the identification of the phalarope. When I first saw it on Saturday, I didn't get that great a look, and accepted it as a Red-necked based on the patterning on the back. I have to confess that I didn't much consider molting juveniles.

I went back today, and based on bill shape if nothing else, I am now convinced that the bird is a Red Phalarope. From the side, you could probably argue bill shape. But from above - an angle I could see when the bird flew in to the near shore, and landed less than ten feet away - the bill is quite broad. It even broadens out a bit more at the tip than midway along the bill. Also, pattern of darker feathers at the edge of the scapulars and the greater wing coverts is dead on for the small illustration in Hayman et al.'s Shorebirds.

I got several digital photos, so you can judge this one yourself:
Phalarope 1 Phalarope 2 Phalarope 3

Date: 11/8 & 11/10 x 2
Location: Miami-Whitewater - where else ?
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: many

A few comments on our controversial friend - I made may first observations at dusk last Friday took note of the thick stubby bill and ID'ed the bird as a red phalarope.
After returning from an eider tip to the north I noted that my initial impression was not especially in vogue. I returned yesterday to see where I had goofed.

I will not transcribe my field notes but note what I believe are the key points :
1) Age - the cardinal rule when identifying fall shorebirds is to first correctly age the bird. I believe this bird is clearly a juvenile - 1st basic bird as evidenced by the retention of juvenile tertials and wing coverts (well-described by Steve Pelikan in the previous post.)

2) Bill - The best and most reliable separator of red and red-necked phalarope in any plumage should be bill shape. Multiple observers (myself included)have described a stout, relatively short bill. No one that I am aware of has described the bill as "needle-like."

3) Underwings - Those fortunate enough to see the bird take wing have noted white underwings.

4) Occurrence - No it isn't a field mark but when faced with a difficult ID at least some consideration should be given to the question - what is it more likely at this time of year? Well neither bird is very likely but the red phalarope is the classic November phalarope in inland US. Red-necked is "decidedly rare" (Fazio) in Ohio in November.

Finally after watching the bird for quite some time yesterday at extremely close range I noticed the slightest tinge of peach or buff on what I had previously thought was a clear white breast. I was probably just hallucinating by that time but I do believe the bird in question is a molting juvenile red phalarope. And that and 75 cents will get you a cup of coffee. Good birding.

Date: 11 Nov 2002
Location:
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

For what they're worth, here's a few notes I made about the phalarope. I sure hope some people's pictures come out. (Then ,among other things, I can look at my notes and see how bad field obervations are!)


This was primarily a trip to look at a phalarope. Charlie called last night
to discuss it and suggest I look at it. It's been around since midweek and generally
reported (on Ned's webpage for eg.) as a Red-necked Phalarope. Charlie was worried
about the bill shape when he got home. We met about 8:00 (I got there a little earlier)
and got decent looks at the bird when it flew to the near shore --- sometimes so close
my bin's couldn't focus which is to say, under 10 feet or so.

The bird was clearly a phalarope and frequently quite active picking
stuff off the bank, logs in the lake, and the water surface. It swam with
the characteristic "head bobbing" motion. We got several good looks at it
in flight as well: distinct white band on upper wing (tips of gr. coverts)
and nearly entirely white underwings. The tail showed a dark center and white
sides in flight.

The bill was all dark (black) and quite heavy, about as long as
the head length. It also appeared to be about as wide as deep the few times
I saw it from above against the white breast. It certainly wasn't sharply pointed.
The ear patch was dark gray, almost exclusively behind the eyes, and well separated
from the dark on the crown by white. The part of the patch extending forward of the
eye was darker, and mostly below the level of the eye. The rear and sides of the crown
were dark gray - brown, and extended (by a small mottled area) to a white fore-crown.
The iris was dark brown. When we saw the bird standing on a log (across the lake) the
legs were medium blueish gray and looked very short
(by shore-bird proportions, at least).

The upper wings of the bird were quite different, more
wing feathers having moulted on the right than the left side.
On the right, a row of dark scapulars (with noticable light edges
when viewed up close) appeared to extend to a light-medium gray bar
projection onto the side of the breast-throat. The only other dark feathers
were tertials and (maybe a couple?) secondaries. On the left, more of the
secondaries were dark and the effect way one of a light gray patch (coverts)
on a mostly dark wing. The mantle was medium gray and didn't show any light
(or dark) stripes.

There was no sign of tan/brown/rust warm colors on throat or
breast which was clear white.

The bird called every time it took off while I was watching
it, giving a single, rather high-pitched whistled (slur) note
(pitch was like a Downy Woodpecker than a Hairy).

Date: 11/11/02 for observations on 11/09.02
Location: Miami Whitewater Park, boat dock by visitor's center
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: see text

I was out of town from Saturday afternoon, 11/09/02, through Sunday evening, 11/10/02, so I have not responded about this controversy until now. Identification of the phalarope at Miami Whitewater was discussed quite a bit on Saturday morning, while I was there. While Frank Frick and I were there, Jay Stenger, Ned Keller, Neill Cade, Joe Bens and others on the field trip to Monroe Lake showed up earlier. Later the others noted by Dave Brinkman came to see the bird. Neill Cade was the first to point out that the bill seemed rather thick and not as thin or needle-like expected for a Red-necked Phalarope. I suspect, but do not know for sure, that this bird was identified initially as a Red-necked Phalarope by the "striping" on the back.

In my opinion, our complement of field guides, National Geographic and Sibley leave much to be desired when considering a bird like this that may be in between plumages shown. I left the scene on Saturday morning believing that this bird is a winter plumage adult Red-necked Phalarope. There is a lot of gray on the back, but it is not as light a gray as a non-breeding adult Red Phalarope. This was based upon the darkness of the gray on the back and the dark bar on the scapulars, as well as apparent dark and white streaking on the back, that is not always easy to see depending upon lighting conditions. While I recognized that the bill might be too thick, I have not recently seen either of the phalaropes as close as this bird, and for me, it is hard to judge bill thickness and shape in the absence of other species for comparison. Since seeing and photographing this bird on Saturday morning, I have consulted Paulson's "Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest." Under Non-breeding Plumage he points out that:

Non-breeding adult Red-necked are paler above than juveniles, and illustrations and texts of some field guides have inappropriately contrasted dark juvenile Red-necked with adult Red. Non-breeding adult Red-necked are considerably closer to the color of Red, necessitating a look at bill shape or back stripes.

I have communicated with Larry Rosche, dean of lake-front birding along the Lake Erie front in Ohio, who cautions that there have been misidentified Red-necked Phalaropes in Ohio along Lake Erie or in northern Ohio. So this is not an easy identification. Larry tells me that Jon Dunn and Paul Lehman, both experts in field identification, pointed out from photographs that previously identified Red-necked Phalaropes in northern Ohio are really Red Phalaropes. One of the key points in distinguishing First Winter Red Phalaropes from Red-necked is some reddish color on the neck of juvenile plumage Red Phalarope. This is shown in Paulson's book, and he states that it disappears later in winter.

I did not see this on this bird. If it is a molting immature Red Phalarope, there should be some reddish color on the neck, assuming that now is not too late in the winter. We might want to be cautious about the color of the tertials. Paulson shows a photo of a molting non-breeding Red-necked Phalarope which shows some worn, brownish primaries and tertials, which for our bird, might indicate delayed molt and/or residuals of breeding plumage. I did not see buffy tertials, but that doesn't mean that there are not present. I thought that they were white or whitish.

This bird could be a non-breeding adult Red-necked Phalarope or a molting immature Red Phalarope. Both are quite rare in south-western Ohio.

If I go back to see this bird, I want to look at the under-wing in flight. Sibley shows dark markings for Red-necked and mostly white for Red for non-breeding adults. He does not show anything for molting juvenile birds. This will not be an easy field mark to see. I wll also look more closely at the neck for evidence of reddish colored spot as shown in Paulson.

Date: 11/11/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest Lake
Reporter: Susie Edwards
Other Birders:

The red-necked phalarope is still being seen at the lake as of this morning at 8:00 am.

Date: 11/10/02
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jenny Lanham

Couldn't make the trip to L.Monroe and Lemon (darn) so I took time Sunday to visit East Fork. If anyone had told me I could go there in November and see not 1 duck I would have laughed him off the planet. We did however see 14 Common Loons, 11 Horned Grebes and 4 Pied-billed Grebes. There were more Bonapartes Gulls than Ring-billed. Other than that, pretty slow.

Date: 10 November 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Visitor Center
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

Phalarope still present. I wasn't aware of the ID controversy at the time. I agree that the bill isn't completely needle-like, but otherwise coloration seems to favor Red-necked (or then again, maybe not - the only other one that I have seen was in breeding plumage at the Oxbow 18 years ago). I did take 3 rolls of film at close range (in good sun and in overcast), which should verify one way or the other. Might be a matter for the OBRC.

Date: 10 November 2002
Location: MW Lake
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

I hope to get to MW Lake agin to look at the base of the bill on the phalarope. I think all plumage of Red phalarope have pale base on the bill.I do not have a lot of experience with phalaropes, hope some good photos are taken. If someone has more info about the bird's bill I would like to know.I hope I have the right ID.

Date: 10 Nov 2002
Location: MWF lake
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

At the suggestion of Charlie Saunders, I stopped out at MWF to look at the phalarope; I think a more careful discussion of the identification is in order. It looked like a Red Phalarope to me, with a bill that I couldn't construe as "needle-like: or even "pointed". That's how we always ID's phalaropes out east...

Plumage characteristics seemed consistent with a late immature-> basic moulting bird with a dark line of scapulars showing above new gray coverts. Charlie got a decent look at light tan edgings on the (still dark) tertials

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2002
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Lots of waterfowl and water birds on the pond this morning between 11:00 am and noon. Some of the birds spooked and flew off when we first arrived, but others came and went while we were there.
Birds seen included Pied-billed Grebe 5, Great Blue Heron 1, Wood Duck 4, Mallard 6, Green-winged Teal 7, N. Pintail 8, N. Shoveler 10, Gadwall 33, A. Wigeon 5, Canvasback 1, Ring-necked Duck 60+, Lesser Scaup 4, Bufflehead 3, Hooded Merganser 10, Ruddy Duck 25, A. Coot 50+, Belted Kingfisher 1, and one very healthy Snapping Turtle claiming its own space.
No Canada Geese were on the pond during our visit (such a shame) but they were on the main lake,so that makes (at least) 14 species of anseriformes at Winton Woods today.

Date: Saturday, November 9
Location: Lake Lemon & Lake Monroe
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Bird Club field trip

After a quick stop at Miami-Whitewater for the very co-operative phalarope, we moved on to the main field trip locations. Highlights were a Red-throated Loon, along with about 25 Common Loons there and about the same number at Lake Monroe. We also had several Horned Grebes and Pied-billed Grebes at both locations, plus a scattering of waterfowl.

Date: 11/9/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands and Forest
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Wetlands: 9 dunlin, 2 fox sparrows, one unidentified large sandpiper with long bill that ran into the grass.
Harbor: red-necked phalarope, 5 black vultures. Got plenty of photos of the very cooperative phalarope. You don't need binoculars to see it.

Date: 9 November 2002
Location: Miami-Whitewater Visitor Center boat docks
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Ted and Judy Ellis, Larry Becker

Affirmative on the Red-necked Phalarope, 4:30-5:30 PM. Bird was first seen swimming among logs, branches and floating leaves along wooded shoreline opposite boat dock. It then flew across and alighted at the water's edge next to the walkway, working it's way back and forth along the edge, oblivious to our very close presence. It did get in a few tiffs with the mallards, and gave a sharp "kip" call when flying up to evade them.

Date: 11-9-02
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest Lake
Reporter: carol mundy
Other Birders:

3:45 pm Northern Phalarope in winter plumage, just one bird. Working the water near the boat house along the retaining wall, just follow the paved walkway at the water's edge. No binoculars needed! that's how close you could get. First heard of this bird on 11-7-02.

Date: 11-09-02 5:30 p.m.
Location: Caeser Creek SP
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

There were three Surf Scoters at the end of Harveysburg Road, near "Merganser Bay". Walk past the road gate to the end of the road. You might be able to see them from the boat ramp near the beach also.

There was a posibble Black Scoter in the same area but I could not get good looks with the fading light.

Date: 11-09-02
Location: Miami Whitewater
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders:

Good looks this aftermoon of the Phalarope off the deck by the side entrance of the gift shop.

Date: 11-9-02 2:30 pm
Location: Miami- Whitewater CP
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

The Red-necked Phalarope was still presnt at the Harbor. I was able to get within a few feet of it and follow closely (at least 20 feet) as it fed.

Date: 11/09/2002
Location: Miami-Whitewater lake
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Jay Lehman, Charlie Saunders, Frank Frick, Paul Wharton and a few non-birders

We watched and carefully studied the Red-necked Phalarope this morning at the lake from the boat dock. When I arrived the bird was along the far shore, picking at aquatic foods among the leaves in the water and occasionally perching on the fallen logs to preen. At one point the bird flew over to our side to land in the water directly in front of us, allowing me and Jay to get some close-up photos for documentation. I checked Peterjohn (2001) and learned that this might be the first documented November record for the state of Ohio for this species. (I sure hope our photos turn out!) Peterjohn states that a few linger into the third week of October, specifically until 15-20 Oct. He also states that there are no acceptable winter records for this species in Ohio and implies that Red Phalaropes are more likely in November. However, with our excellent views, we concurred that this bird was indeed a Red-necked by the dark cap, thin dark bill, black scapular bars and black outer primaries with white edges. Jay also heard it call as he photographed it feeding along the dock.
Locally, there is one October record from Summit Lake, Indiana on 10/27/1992 and one November record, from Brookville Lake, Indiana on 11/01/1980.

Date: 8 November 2002
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A nice assortment of waterfowl, viewed from behind the "No Trespassing" sign (this is probably good anyway, as it keeps the birds from being disturbed). 500 Coots, 300 Ring-necked Ducks (but I didn't see any scaup!), 30 American Wigeon, 10 Ruddy Ducks, 6 Hooded Mergansers, 3 Gadwall, 5 Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: 8 November 2002 4:30 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Lake
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Red-necked Phalarope. The bird was just south of the visitor center near the boat dock area.The bird was actively feeding.

Date: November 8, 2002
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

The appears to be three immature Black Scoters on the Ohio River at Crooked Run Nature Preserve.

Date: 11/08/02
Location: Treaty Line- Brookville LK
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

The dropping lake level at Brookville has now pushed the water levels low enough that the entire viewing area at Treaty Line is mudflats. Pipits and Killdeer abound. The lake edge is just past the peninsula of land south of Treaty Line. The best viewing is from the Whitewater SP-side of the lake now. Between 1000-1500 Bonaparts Gulls were present this morning with several hundred Ring-bills, two imm Herring Gulls, one Franklins, and the Lesser Black-back. Bill Buskirk mentioned finding the LBB Gull at the Fairfield Ramp a couple days ago, but the strong south wind appears to have most of the gulls at the north end of the lake this morning. About 150 Killdeer, two Least Sandpipers, 12 Pectoral, and 58 Dunlin were on the mudflats along the lake edge as viewed from Whitewater. The two imm Bald Eagles were harassing the gulls. 83 Hooded Mergansers were mixed with 4 L. Scaup, 3 C. Loons, 45 Ruddy Ducks, one Horned Grebe, and 47 DC Cormorants. The Merlin seen yesterday was not present this morning.

Date: 11/07/2002
Location: Medahl Dam (Bracken co., KY)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I was hoping to find a rare gull at the dam today. However, of the thousands plus of gulls I estimated, about 65% were Bonaparte's and about 35% were Ring-billed, with at least one Herring. Keep looking. Maybe someone will turn up a kittiwake or white-winged gull.
Two non-gull rarities were found above the dam: A female SURF SCOTER was swimming with what appeared to be a female Lesser Scaup. The other rarity was a first year BALD EAGLE visible soaring above the Ohio treeline northeast of the dam with a scope. The scoter and scaup were about three football fields distant and about 50 yards from the Kentucky shoreline.

The List: Pied-billed Grebe 1, Horned Grebe 3, Double-crested Cormorant 5, Great Blue Heron 3, Turkey Vulture 13, Lesser Scaup 1, SURF SCOTER 1, BALD EAGLE 1 (1st year), Bonaparte's Gull (approx. 650), Ring-billed Gull (approx. 350), Herring Gull 1, Rock Dove 50+, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, American Crow 3, Carolina Wren 1, Song Sparrow 20+.

Date: 11/6/02
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Two surf scoters were present at the Harveysburg Rd. overlook this afternoon. The birds (one adult female and one first winter bird) were seen swimming in "Merganser Bay" at about 1530 this afternoon. Also present were 8 common loons, 3 double-crested cormorants and about 150 Bonaparte's gulls. Finally a smaller, darker loon that I thought was an excellent candidate for a Pacific loon (but could never obtain adequate views) was also present. Anyone who checks the lake tomorrow (as I certainly will) may want to check the loons carefully.

Date: 10/6/02
Location: Cindy Johnson's residence near Batavia
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Cindy Johnson

I saw the hummingbird at Cindy's house today 6 or 7 times between 11a-1p. I attempted some pictures but with it being overcast and all but 10 seconds of total viewing this morning was from the behind so I was stareing at a green back, and black wings. Then when the bird did allow some viewing from the side. I have never seen a Selasphorus before today so I wasn't sure what to expect beyond the field guides. The only field mark of note i could see was orangish color right below the wings and possibly a little just above the wing while sitting. The size was about that of a Ruby throat as well. If anyone would like to try to see the hummer, I would recommend emailing Cindy, her address is on the previous post.

Date: 10/6/02
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

There were 8 Common Loons and 200+ Bonapart's Gulls at the western pool at East Fork SP at 11:AM this date. Also on the lake were 12 Pied-billed Grebes and Ring-billed Gulls. Several large flocks of Ceader Waxwings were seen feeding in the area.

Date: Nov.6
Location:
Reporter: Roger Ash
Other Birders:

Does anyone have any news of the Rocky Fork Spoonbill(s)??Thanks

Date: Nov. 2,3,4
Location: my feeder, near theEast Fork of the Little Miami, in Clermont County
Reporter: Cindy Johnson
Other Birders:

I am still getting a hummingbird at my feeder, last sited about 10 AM this morning. It is emptying a 1 cup feeder every week. It was suggested to me that it may be a rufous, rather than a ruby-throat, as they are more cold-tolerant.

Date: November 4, 2002
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

3 Common Loons onthe ohio River at the Crooked Run Nature Preserve. One Bald eagle was seen on Sunday, November 3 soaring between Neville and Mehldahl Dam.

Date: November 2
Location: Neville, OH
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

2 Bald Eagles soaring over US 52 between Neville and Meldahl Dam.

Date: 1 November 2002
Location: Jones Fish Hatchery, Newtown
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Greater Yellowlegs in one of the ponds close to the road.

Date: 1 November, 2002
Location: Ohio River, Newport and Covington
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A few things starting to appear on the Cincy riverfront - one pair of Buffleheads, 2 Lesser Scaup, 20 Pied-billed Grebes, 15 American Coots, 2 Ring-billed Gulls. Also 2 Horned Larks in flight over the public landing.

Date: 10/31/02
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

These numbers are from around 3pm, just before someone decided to drive into the pits and flush all the birds. Also the martin marrieta is just about moved out so there will be even less disturbances hopefully for the birds. 10 PB Grebe, 2 GB Herons, 1 Ca Goose, 4 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 30 GW Teal, 25 A Widgeon, 200+ Ring necked, 1 Bufflehead (finally), 20 Hooded Mergs, 15 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Coopers Hawk, 1 Red shoulder, 500+ Coots, 10 Killdeer, 3 Bonapartes, 3 Ring-billed, 15 Rock Doves,2 Kingfishers, Red bellied, Pileated, and Downy WP's, Blue Jay, Crows, Chickadee, C Wren, GC Kinlet, Robins, 15 Waxwing, 1 YR Warbler, Cardinals, Goldfinch.

Date: 30 October 2002
Location: Ohio River at Louisville, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I had great looks at the LONG-BILLED MURRELET today. When I first arrived in the late morning the bird was close to the Indiana shore, directly across from Zorn Ave in Louisville. It spent most of the time diving, surfacing for very breif periods. By mid-afternoon it had drifted considerably farther downriver, and was staying afloat for long period at about mid-river. It was easily seen from Market Street in Jeffersonville, IN. It sounds like it may have followed a similar pattern on the 29th. If this continues, a suggested travel plan might be to take I-71 S into L-ville, exit at Zorn Ave, go rt (n.) and go to museum parking lot at end of rd (at river). If it isn't there get back on I-71 and continue S (really west) get in left lane and follow signs for I-65 N which will take you across the river into IN. take first exit (Jeffersonville) past bridge turn rt on 10th(?) and then rt on Spring then left on Market, drive to end of Market to scope out river from there. This is only about an hour and a half drive from Cincy- well worth it!

Date:
Location: FYI on KY Long billed Murrlet
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

This message was copied from the KY bird listserv. Bob


David Roemer called at 12:10pm from Louisville to say there is a Long-Billed Murrelet on the river. He is at the parking lot at Zorn Road and River Road. This is at the museum and tower. The bird is upstream in the middle of the
river.
Good luck!
Hap

Date: Oct 28, 2002
Location: Brookville Lake-Dunlapsville Causeway
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Kathleen Tiller

Adult L. Black-back Gull was discovered yesterday by Bill Wilson. The bird was present today in a large flock of RB Gulls (300+) and Bonapart's (200+) on the north-side of the Dunlapsville Causeway. Relatively easy to find from the boat launch at Dunlapsville bridge. Bill Buskirk found a Surf Scoter and a LARK SPARROW at the dam outside Brookville. The Lark Sparrow was in a flock of sparrows foraging at the turnoff to the dam overlook and visiter office from 101 (right next to the road at the turnoff).

Date: October 27, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 8:00 to 11:00 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rick Dage, Bob Lacker, Charlie Saunders

Things were a wee bit slow this morning. Highlights were 1 vesper sparrow and 1 eastern wood pewee singing along the edge of North Woods. Surprisingly, mosquitoes were still around in enough numbers to register as "annoying."

Date: 10/28/2002 10:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

The highlight was definately the "W" formation of Double-crested Cormorants flying directly overhead to the West-Southwest. Other notables were both kinglet species, juncos, waxwings and sapsuckers.

Double-crested Cormorant 250-300, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 4, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 25, Carolina Chickadee 8, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 10, Golden-crowned Kinglet 7, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 450+, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 65+, Cedar Waxwing 7+, "Myrtle" Warbler 14+, Field Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 14, Dark-eyed Junco 4, Northern Cardinal 11.

Also, on the way home, a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk flew over Bridgetown Rd. and a Turkey Vulture was seen over Zion Rd.

Date: 10/28
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Stayed in the legal area of viewing at Camp Dennison. Numbers are mostly estimates. 12+ PB Grebes, 2 Wood Ducks, 20 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, only 20 GW Teal (a drop from ~40 Sat), 20 A Widgeon, 200 Ring necks, 5 Hooded Mergs, 10 Ruddy Ducks. Gulls have increased recently. 12 Ringbilled and 2 Bonapartes were present this morning. Only other interesting bird life was a Kestrel and a flock of 30+ Waxwings.

Date: 10/28/2002 7:30-10:30 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Several arrived as I was leaving

There were good numbers of both kinglets, juncos, and one Barred Owl was calling at the Timberlakes area at 7:30 AM.

At 8:00 AM, there was one fly-over Sandhill Crane by the wetlands parking lot. At 8:30 AM, there was one Orange-crowned Warbler in the underbrush where the tree-line of the second dike (second from the parking lot) intersects the fence-line. At 9:10 AM, the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow was found in its usual haunts in the rushes in the northeast corner of the large pond.

There were several large mixed flocks of blackbirds, cowbirds, and grackles moving through the area: roughly 4 thousand birds in all.

Also, please notice that it took me 30 minutes to go from the parking lot to the second dike. It's a relatively short distance but it's loaded with birds. I see people rush through this section all the time, and they miss a lot of good birds. Last fall, this was the most reliable fenceline segment for Winter Wrens, Lincoln's Sparrows, and late Brown Thrashers. Give it a good look!

Date: 10/27/02
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: saw Gary Richter, Jay Lehman

Good, if unspectacular birding at the wetlands this morning. Highlights were seven species of shorebirds - killdeer (75), Wilson's snipe (8), long-billed dowitcher, greater yellowlegs (3), lesser yellowlegs (3), pectoral sandpiper(12), dunlin(6) and eight species of sparrows - E. towhee, field sparrow (10), savannah sparrow (8), song sparrow (many), Lincoln's sparrow, swamp sparrow (18), white-crowned sparrow (6) and white-throated sparrow (20).

Other notables included several northern pintails, a flock of 8 rusty blackbirds and an American pipit on the mudflats. A couple dozen tree swallows hawked insects over the water in what must be close to their last appearance of the year.

Date: 10/26/02
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Neill Cade

One Common Loon and one Pied-billed Grebe. Duck hunting began same day!

Date: 10/24/02- 1300 to 1700
Location: western Adams County, near West Union
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

A good mix of late passerine migrants: numerous Golden-crowned Kinglets, several Yellow-rumped warblers, a Yellow-bellied sapsucker(adult male), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet,many white-throated sparrows,Juncos,a Winter wren. One Ruffed grouse- usually can reliably find 3 or four.
Of other interest were a number of Box turtles (5),the most I have seen this time of year.

Date: 10-23 & 10-22
Location: Backyard/Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Monarch butterfly flying above treetops over backyard this evening at 6:05. Yesterday (10-22): brown creeper, immature yellow-bellied sapsucker, 6 white-throated sparrows, 5+ juncos, 2 ruby-crowned kinglets. Keeping the hummingbird feeders filled... but no observations since Sunday, October 13.

Date: Tues. 10/22/02 8:00-12:00 noon
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Clear skies, 40 degrees, calm winds. Went to the south beach first.
4 Horned Grebe
1 Mallard
2 Turkey Vultures
3 Black Vultures
2 Am Coot
1 KIlldeer
40+ ring-billed Gulls
3 Starling

Upper ponds
1 Red-tailed Hawk Harrassed by
crows
1 M. Dove
1 Red-bel. WP
3 Am Crows
1 E. Bluebird
1 Am Robin
5+ Cedar Waxwings
10+ Y-rump Warblers
1 Song Sparrow
3 House sparrows

One bird not IDed. Small as a Kinglet,
no wingbars, sharp, small, pointed, bill, overall grayish but with a bright WHITE runp. ????

Date: October 23, 2002
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve, Chilo Ohio
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

1 Ruffed Grouse. This is the first grouse we've seen this far west. This bings the sightings list for Crooked Run up to 161 species. Common Loons were heard on the Ohio river two evenings last week, but we havn't been able to actually see them yet this fall. Osprey have been seen almost daily for past three weeks.

Date: 10/22/02
Location: oxbow
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

took a quick ride through the oxbow-20+great blues, 1 great egret, 6 wood ducks, 30 teal, mostly green winged, 8 DC corm., 1 osprey, 9 yellowlegs, 1 odd sandpiper mabey a stilt?

Date: Sunday, 10/20/02; 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: met Lori Brumbaugh, Bob Lacker, Scott Reeves

Searched all over the West Pond area east of the observation deck, but found no Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Fair numbers of other sparrows.

Greater Yellowlegs 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Swamp Sparrow 25, Song Sparrow 20, White-crowned Sparrow 1, 5 White-throated Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Eastern Meadowlark 40. Best bird of the morning: Black-throated Green Warbler 1 near the entry trail at the Berk road parking lot.

A Vesper Sparrow was reported by the other folks, but I missed it.

Date: Sunday, 10/20/02; 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

While searching unsuccessfully for the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow the following shorebirds were seen:

Killdeer approx. 200, Greater Yellowlegs 5, Lesser Yellowlegs 3, Semipalmated Sandpiper 1, Pectoral Sandpiper 4, Dunlin 5, Long-billed Dowitcher 1, Common (now Wilson's) Snipe 10

I tried to turn the Semipalmated Sandpiper into something better like a Western Sandpiper, but couldn't, even though this is a rather late record for this area.

Other birds of interest: 20 Green-winged Teal, Horned Lark 2, Tree Swallow 3, American Pipit 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 20, Palm Warbler 4, Field Sparrow 3, Savannah Sparrow 15, Song Sparrow 25, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 40, White-throated Sparrow 5, White-crowned Sparrow 20

Date: Monday, 10/21/02; 6:00 - 6:50 pm
Location: Caesar Creek State Park
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

The Lesser Black-backed Gull was still present this evening at Caesar Creek SP at 6:50 pm. The bird was not found at the beach with the Ring-billed Gulls, but was out on the lake with a large flock of gulls to the east of the North Boat Ramp. To get to the North Boat Ramp, go left at the sign which indicates straight ahead to the beach. There was one Ruddy Duck in the lake off of the beach. About 10 Double-crested Cormorants flew west.

Date: 20 October
Location: water catch basin near Union Center
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders: Dave Russel, Jim Hickey, Alex Hickey, Shawn Hickey, Casey Tucker

2 winter plumaged AMERICAN AVOCETS were present on a storm catch basin behind an
industrial park off of Mulhaueser road. Additionally, there were 2
Northern Pintails (weird plumage variant--perhaps transitioning from
eclipsed to breeding plumage, or hybrids), Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer,
Cooper's hawk, Mallards, Black duck, lots of Canada geese.

HOWEVER, I looked for these birds this morning (21 Oct.) and they were not present. There were several hundred more canada geese that I suspect may have bullied the avocets out of the area. I will continue to watch this site for the next few day.

this catch basin floods in the spring and the area is usually packed full of the usual suspects, however, this sighting was all I needed decide it needs a little closer attention. Directions to the area are as follows:

Take the Union Centre Blvd. exit off of 75. Go west towards the Marriott Hotel. At the Marriott take a left on Mulhaueser to Allen drive. Turn right on to Allen. On Allen take the first left into the industrial
park & follow it around to the water (seen from Mulhaueser).

Date: 10/20/02
Location: Rocky Fork
Reporter: Andrea Scheidler
Other Birders:

I stopped by the beach today around 3:00pm just to see if there was anything exciting. As I scanned across the lake the one lonely Spoonbill was still there! He seemed to be sleeping the entire time we were there which was only about 30min.

Date: Oct. 20, 2002
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie, Lily, and Phoebe

12 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Turkey Vulture, 4 Canada Goose, 4 Gadwall, 17 Am. Widgeon, 3 Green-winged Teal, 37 Ring-necked Duck, 4 Hooded Merganser, 12 Ruddy Duck, 500 Am. Coot, 3 Killdeer, 9 Rock Dove and most of the regular land birds.

Ducks are showing up. Be aware that you can not enter the gravel pits at Camp Dennison so any observations must be made with a scope from the outside.

Date: Oct. 20, 2002
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: Dave Helm

Time: 8:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Sparrows: NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED, Song, Savannah, Swamp, Lincoln's, Field, White-Crowned, White-throated, Eastern Towhee

Shorebirds: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, Dunlin, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Killdeer, Snipe

Other: SHORT-EARED OWL (flushed from the field to the left of the farm road when walking from the bike trail towards the bat house), Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk, Green-winged Teal, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm & Yellow-rumped Warblers, Tree Swallows, Belted Kingfisher

Date: 10/18-20/2002
Location: Henry Co., KY
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

A weekend getaway to Henry county, Kentucky, near Lockport, yielded my first Brown Creepers and Dark-eyed Juncos of the season. Today (10/20) I saw up to 4 Brown Creepers on private property and more than a dozen juncos. Also of interest were two Ruby-crowned and about two dozen Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 Chipping Sparrows, 3 Field Sparrows and 1 Black-thr. Green Warbler.
On Friday (10/18), a wrong turn yielded 9 Wild Turkeys crossing a gravel road. I tallied 29 species for the weekend in the county.

Date: Sat. - 10/19/02
Location: Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

At the CBC mtg on Thursday, Paul Wharton and others thought a Hummer coming to my feeder that day was on the late side. Well, one Hummer came throughout the day yesterday (up to 6:45 PM) and came back to my feeder this morning starting at 8:45!

Date: 10/17 pm 10/18am
Location: Private Lake near Milford
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Decent numbers of waterfowl. High numbers from the 2 visits.
1 Great Blue, 10+ PB Grebes (only on 18), 10 C Geese, 2 Mallards (only on 18), 20 Gadwall, 4 GW Teal (only on 17), 30 A Widgeon, 20+ BW Teal (only 18), 200+ RN Ducks, 4 H Merganser (only 18), 20 Ruddy Ducks. Good birding!

Date: Thurs. - 10/17/02
Location: Rio Grande Circle, Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Before leaving this afternoon for my grandchildren's games, I checked the Hummer feeder at 2:20 and I still have at least one RT Hummingbird making visits!

Date: Wednesday, 10-16-02; 6:00 pm to sunset
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Looked for the Sharp-tailed Sparrows, previously reported, but did not find any. Plenty of Song and Swamp Sparrows. A Winter Wren near the observation deck at West Pond and an Eastern Wood Peewee in the woods to the east of West Pond.

The STSP was seen on Monday, 10-16-02, by Dan Sanders of Columbus. Here is his note.

I DID find a SHSP at Gilmore Ponds today! But not in the area where it had been reported earlier which was near a clump of willows about 200 yards NW of the observation deck at West Pond. I found it more like 100 yards slightly to the NE of the observation deck
near some buttonbush. There is a clump of 2 or 3 bushes and another single bush just to the East of it. This is an area where there is also quite a lot of Smartweed. Bird ran in under the Buttonbush and eventually hopped up on a limb on the inside where I got good looks at it. As I circled around the bush, it dropped down and went on back into the weeds. This might be worth looking for after work one day. It also
looks like Great habitat for LeConte's SP, later, with all the short grass and sedges....... This whole area contains good habitat!

Date: 10/15/02
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: Ran into Mike Busam (and Rose)

Spent most of my time walking the sedge meadows and checking willows and edges for sparrows. For the second visit in a row I was unable to locate the Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrows seen last weekend.

Highlights today included an orange-crowned warbler in the willows along the south edge of west pond, four phoebes along the dike to south pond, and an eastern meadowlark in the sedge meadow (Mike found four a little later in the day.) Also had three dunlin fly over going east to west.

Sparrows were numerous but mostly the common species - song, swamp, field, white-throated, white-crowned. I did find 2 Lincoln's sparrows along the western border of the pond. Kinglets of both species and yellow-rumped warblers were everywhere.

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

I arrived at Rocky Fork Lake around 2:30 on Monday 10/14/02 to see if the spoonbill had survived the freezing temperature of the night. He/she was there and asleep among the other birds. The past week I had observed the spoonbill since the departure of the other 3 and was concerned that he isolated himself from the other birds, was intimidated on several occasions and had not been observed foraging. Monday was different. He remained among the other birds, actively foraged and held his own against the great heron. Then at 5:30, I observed the most amazing thing. The gulls took off in flight along with some egrets and the spoonbill followed. They began to circle and as they continued to circle, the diameter of the circle got larger as they went higher and higher. They eventually went so high that they actually disappeared from sight. They eventually began their descent and landed where they had first taken off. The entire flight took about 20 minutes. Around 6:30 they all took flight to the marsh across from the campground where they have been spending the night.
This was the same pattern described the day the other 3 spoonbills left. Upon checking Tuesday, the spoonbill was no where to be found in the evening and there were no reports of him from the campers.
Here's hoping that the last spoonbill has a safe trip home.
I have posted some pictures of the last visit with the spoonbill and some of him in flight. They are not of the quality of the other pictures as he was so far away, hard to isolate in the group, and I was so taken by the flight that I watched more than try to shoot pictures.
You can click the titles at the top of the page to see the previous spoonbill pictures that I took earlier.

http://homepage.mac.com/lhays/PhotoAlbum19.shtmll

Lana Hays

Date: 10/15/2002 7:50 AM-2:00 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade and Frank Frick

Excellent birding in the wetlands today! Good numbers of sparrows, waterfowl, and shorebirds were headlined by Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Northern Pintail, and Long-billed Dowitcher. Honorable mentions go to half-a-dozen Lincoln's Sparrows, 1 Fox Sparrow, a late White-eyed Vireo, and a Tree Swallow with an all-white cap. (That one had me guessing for a while!) It's finally fall, and it looks like a good one.

Trip List: Great Blue Heron 5, Turkey Vulture 3, Canada Goose 35, Wood Duck 10, Gadwall 3, American Wigeon 1, American Black Duck 1, Mallard 70, Blue-winged Teal 3, Northern Shoveler 5, Northern Pintail 2, Green-winged Teal 15, Northern Harrier 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Killdeer 25, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Least Sandpiper 1, Pectoral Sandpiper 5, Dunlin 5, Long-billed Dowitcher 1, Wilson's Snipe 15, Rock Dove 5, Mourning Dove 40, Chimney Swift 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 15, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 7, White-eyed Vireo 1, Blue Jay 15, American Crow 25, Horned Lark 3, Tree Swallow 150, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10, Carolina Chickadee 25, Tufted Titmouse 5, Carolina Wren 15, Winter Wren 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5, Eastern Bluebird 4, Hermit Thrush 1, American Robin 55, Gray Catbird 2, Northern Mockingbird 7, European Starling 65, Yellow-rumped Warbler 80, Palm Warbler 8, Eastern Towhee 5, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 20, Savannah Sparrow 3, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 1, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 75, Lincoln's Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 35, White-throated Sparrow 45, White-crowned Sparrow 12, Dark-eyed Junco 5, Northern Cardinal 30, Indigo Bunting 1, Red-winged Blackbird 300, Eastern Meadowlark 5, Common Grackle 50, Brown-headed Cowbird 15, House Finch 5, American Goldfinch 230, House Sparrow 50.

Date: 10/15/2002 ~ 11:45 a.m.
Location: Covedale - Anderson Ferry Rd. & Sydney Ave.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

APB on two large unidentified raptors with long wings and long tail.

Driving south toward the intersection of Anderson Ferry & Sydney Ave, I noticed a large raptor flying erratically, like a nighthawk. When I reached the intersection I noticed a second bird, and one appeared larger than the other. My first instinct was to call them Northern Harriers, but I can't be too hasty in my call. The impression of the birds from below was that of an accipiter, and the larger one appeared much larger than a Cooper's. Unfortunately the light was green and I couldn't make out any distinguishing features on the birds. I recently heard speculation of a possible goshawk invasion this year, so my mind switched to that as a possibility. Meanwhile, be on the lookout for these birds if you are in the area. By the time I turned around and went back to the location, I could not find the birds in the overcast sky.
I'm leaning toward one of three possibilities: harrier, Cooper's or Gos.
The size of the largest one was about that of a Red-tail.

Date: 10/13/2002 (8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Mike Busam, Bob Lacker, Scott Reeves, Charlie Saunders (briefly)

A futile effort to relocate the two Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows reported by Mike, Bob & Scott on Saturday failed this AM.

However, an excellent morning to get out and do some local birding, despite the moderate numbers of mosquitoes present. Some highlights include: at least 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, a female Green-winged Teal and an American Bittern. Here is the list:

American Bittern (Scott - flushed with ducks), Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Wood Duck ~ 15, Mallard ~ 30, Green-winged Teal 1, American Kestrel (David - as I was at the traffic light at Symmes and Berk roads), Killdeer 1, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift 3, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow 3, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, House Wren (Scott), Winter Wren 3 (Scott & Mike), Golden-crowned Kinglet 3+, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 100's, Gray Catbird 2, E. Starling, Nashville Warbler 1, "Myrtle" Warbler 50-100, Palm Warbler 3, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, Blackpoll Warbler 1, American Redstart female (David), Savannah Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow (very few*), Lincoln's Sparrow 2, Swamp Sparrow (1-2 dozen), White-throated Sparrow 1 (David), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch.

* Sparrows proved difficult to view, primarily due to windy and cool conditions. The rain stopped when we arrived at 8 a.m. and the trip ended with cooler temps and partly cloudy, instead of overcast, skies.
Word of caution: If planning to visit Gilmore Ponds, don't forget the insect repellent. However, I suspect the recent frost may have deterred them.

Date: 10/13/02
Location: Clermont County backyard
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard

We still have rosebreasted grossbeaks at our feeders.

Date: Sun. morn 10/13/02
Location:
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

BTW forgot to mention that the 2 RT Hummers were at my feeder again this morning.

Date: Sun. morn - 10/13/02
Location: Petersburg, KY area
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

With a front moving thru last night, I had high hopes for some nice birds this morning, but like an old western movie actor, things were "Slim Pickens" 8>(. However I did see one good bird.
2 Turkey Vultures
1 GB Heron
12 Mourn'g Doves
1 Pileated WP !!
1 A. Crow
100+ E. Starlings

Date: 10-12-02
Location: Rapid Run Park/backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

RT hummingbird continues periodic visits to backyard feeder on 10-11 and 10-12.

Date: Oct. 12, 2002
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

More yard birds.

4 White-crowned Sparrows, and 1 Ovenbird. 2 Palm Warblers were in the yard on Oct. 11

Date: Oct. 12, 2002 7:30AM through 11:45AM
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach, and Bethel Concord Rd.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Double-creasted Cormorant 10, Great Blue Heron 6, Green Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Canada Goose 2, Wood Duck 6, Mallard 1, Osprey 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Am. Kestrel 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Am. Coot 3, Killdeer 12, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Ring-billed Gull 44, E. Screech-owl 1, Chimney Swift 10, Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 16, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 3, N. Flicker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 2, E. Phoebe 3, Blue Jay 37, Am. Crow 7, C. Chickadee 22, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 36, Winter Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5, E. Bluebird 11, Am. Robin 12, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 7, Cedar Waxwing 1, N. Parula 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 11, Black-throated Green Warbler 2, Palm Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Rufous-sided Towhee 14, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 13, Song Sparrow 17, Swamp Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 4, Lapland Longspur 2, Northern Cardinal 35, Indigo Bunting 2, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Brown-headed Cowbird 10, Am. Goldfinch 27

The Longspurs were in the grass by the beach. They were located close to the bath house.
The Peregrine was East of the beach and last seen heading North across the lake. The falcon was sitting when an Osprey dove on it. The falcon remained sitting until the Osprey hit it from behind. That was all the Peregrine could take and it headed North. What do Ospreys have against Peregrine Falcons?

Date: Oct.12, 2002
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This morning a winter plummaged Bonaparte's Gull joined the Franklin's and Lesser Black-backed (now with a lot of spotting in its head and neck) on the beach. With 150+ Ring-bills it is like finding Waldo.

Date: October 12, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

Highlight: 2 Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrows. Also, 1 white-crowned, ?+ white-throated, 10+ swamp, 10+ song 1 phoebe, 1 immature N. Harrier.

Bob and I made a quick check of West Pond before a MetroParks hiking club field trip at 10:00 am. The sharp-tailed sparrows were in the middle of West Pond, about two hundred yards northwest of the southern observation deck. They were in a clump of willows, surrounded by sedges, cockleburs, etc. There were a number of song and swamp sparrows in the area, too. We struck out on Lincoln's sparrows, but weren't able to look around long because of the field trip.

The mosquitoes were terrible this morning at Gilmore.

Date: October 12, 2002
Location: Carolina Trace, Harrison Twp.
Reporter: Glenn Redmer
Other Birders: Barb Redmer

We saw our first female dark-eyed junco this morning on the ground underneath our feeders.

Date: 6:30-7:30 pm Fri. Oct. 11,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The highlights of a quick trip to the wetlands were 2 Nelson's Sharp-tailed sparrows. As you walk up the farm road from the bike trail and before you get to the bat house, there is a large patch of flattened cattails. If you go through the cattails towards the marsh, you'll see a small isolated pool of water on the left- that is where the birds were seen. I watched them for at least 15 minutes. A Harrier flew over while I was there as well.

Date: 10/11/02
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Lana Hays
Other Birders:

I just returned from Rocky Fork Lake and the one spoonbill is still there. I got there around 3 and did not see him. Normally they had been further toward the main lake the last 2 times that I had been there which makes them (him) hard to spot from the campground side. There were men fishing from the bank on the side (dirt road) so I waited until they left. Once they left I went to the dirt road and quickly spotted the spoonbbill. He may just have been down in the water making it hard to impossible to see from the campground.
I don't know that I would call it lonely but that last time and this time that I saw him, he was on a log away from the other birds. Today he walked back and forth on the log several times and only fed a few minutes. This was a time when the herons, egrets, and other birds were actively feeding (4-6). He finally just tucked his head in, lifted one leg and went to sleep. Your best bet to see him is from the dirt road side (road just past the campground entrance). You will need to go about 2/3 of the way down the dirt road area to spot him.
Lana Hays

Date: Oct. 11, 2002
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, Ohio Clermont County
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

I spent most of the day building a green house, and looking for birds around the yard. It was a very good day for yard birds and a list follows!

Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Morning Dove, Barred Owl, Chimney Swift 2, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, N. Flicker, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, A. Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Marsh Wren, E. Bluebird, A. Robin, N. Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing 40, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Rufous-sided Towhee, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 50+, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow 2, Swamp Sparrow 10, N. Cardinal, Indigo Bunting 5, Redwinged Blackbird 75+, E. Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird 50+, House Finch, Am. Goldfinch.

The Marsh Wren is the first that I have found away from a marsh area. The bird was in a fallow field that was last mowed in march. I was walking with my dog along a mowed edge when the wren flew up out of the tall grass, sat high on a long piece of grass and proceeded to chip at me. I got a very good look at the wren which had a brown crown, white supercilum, black and white stiped back and a rich redish brown rump. The tail was long and held erect. I had at least 3 minutes to observe this bird before it flew some distance away and dove back into the grass.

Date:
Location: Roselawn
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

40-50 Cormorants flying low over the Swifton Commons/Cincinnati Gardens area.

Date: Friday, Oct. 11
Location: Day Heights area of Milford
Reporter: Lori Becker
Other Birders:

Last hummingbird at feeder was seen on Tuesday, 10/8. Today, one cruised in front of bay window, and visited the pink impatiens hanging baskets; however, did not light on feeder. Perhaps a visiter from up north??

Date: 10/11/02
Location: Rocky Fork State Park
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Lenna Mae Gara

We could not locate the Spoonbill which had apparently stayed behind when the others left but on North Beach we observed 28 Common Terns.

Date: 10-10-02
Location: Rio Grande Circle. Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Two of three hummers still visiting the feeder. The third one hasn't been seen for three days, probably headed south with local "snowbirds". ;>)
Five (5) Wood Thrushes in parking lot gleaning tidbits from pavement near newly mowed acreage. Isn't this pretty late for them? Stayed only for 5-10 minutes - very lucky to have spotted them.

Date: 10-10-02
Location: Rapid Run Park/backyard.
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Kyle Acheson

RT Hummingbird (female?)making frequent visits to feeder this afternoon and early evening 10-10-02. Also... recently had a "disappointed" belted kingfisher at the 2-3 feet deep, concrete-bottomed reflecting pond at Rapid Run Park.

Date: 10/10/02
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Made a quick stop before work and just after sunup to see if the Franklin's gull reported yesterday by Larry Gara was still on the beach. It was, along with the lesser black-backed gull and the usual ring-billed gulls. Also presnt were an osprey, 20 or so killdeer and a great blue heron.

Date: 10/9/02
Location: Beechmont Levee
Reporter: Connair
Other Birders:

Has anyone stopped to determine the species of the road-killed bird in the middle of the levee just west of the L.Miami bridge? All I can tell from driving by is that it is a medium-sized, rounded-wing, brown bird with dark barring or spotting on the wing that waves in the wind.

Date: Oct 9, 2002
Location: Treaty Line Rd-Brookville Lk
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Bill Buskirk

Stopped by Treaty Line this morning ran into Bill. He had observed nearly 3000 Tree Swallows in the marina (covering the boats)-by 10:30AM many of these swallows had mixed with the 300 or so at Treaty Line so a huge number of swallows burst off the mudflats (they were sitting on the ground [as well as covering most stumps, trees, branches, etc.] when the Merlin flew over. The Merlin hardly broke stride, it was heading due south, fast, at treetop level. On the mudflats were a Sanderling (juv), molting LB Dowitcher, a single Semipalm Sand, a single Dunlin, couple Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, 20+ Pectoral, and 15 Least Sandpipers. A Red-tail adult, 2nd year Bald Eagle, single G Egret, and the usual large number of GBHs were also present. On the 8th a female Harrier and a Cooper's Hawk made an appearance.

Date: 10/9/02, Wed.
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center -- Rowe Woods
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

As of this afternoon, sightings of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds continue at feeders outside Rowe Interpretive Building. A common question received at CNC is when should feeders be removed for the season. Lanny Chambers at hummingbirds.net recommends 1-2 weeks after last sighting. For more information, visit this web site.

Date: Oct. 9, 2002
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: None

This morning there was a Franklin's Gull on the beach along with the lingering Lesser Black-backed Gull and about 150 Ring-bills.

Date: Oct. 8, 2002
Location: Milford (Miami Township)
Reporter: Edie Lotz
Other Birders:

First Junco's of the season, 3 of them.

Date: 10/07/2002
Location: No sighting - a note about the spoonbills
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

An observation about possibly one of the Rocky Fork spoonbills was reported on the Tennessee listserve and more details can be found on the Ohio listserve at the following link:
http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/OHIO.shtmll#1034082458

Date: 10/10/2002
Location: Downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

~ 100 Chimney Swifts swarming over southwest corner of Cincinnati Convention Center (Plum & 5th streets).

Date: 10-6-02, Sunday
Location: Rapid Run Park/Backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

One brown creeper in park in early AM. RT hummingbird (immature male) continues afternoon/early evening feeding at backyard feeder. ALSO: WHAT WAS THIS??? Late Sunday afternoon, I saw a strange
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

One brown creeper in park in early AM. RT hummingbird (immature male) continues afternoon/early evening feeding at backyard feeder. ALSO: WHAT WAS THIS??? Late Sunday afternoon, I saw a strange white-headed blackbird with yellow eyes. It was the size of a Brewer's or Rusty blackbird with a band of iridescent blue-purple on chest, white feathers on head with few irregularly placed black feathers around eyes with white head feathers suggestive of hooded pattern, but the rest of the body was black. ???

Date: 10/4-10/6/02
Location: Cowan Lake SP, near Wilmington, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Spent a family weekend in the cabins at Cowan.Birds of interest were Yellow-bellied Sapsucker(1 ad.,1 imm.),Red-headed Woodpecker-1, several White-throated and 1 Lincoln's Sparrows, imm. Magnolia Warbler, several Black-throated Greens,more than a few "Myrtle" Warblers, 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush.Had a single small Empidonax flycatcher briefly appear that uttered a call similar to a pewee, only view was from below, slight yellowish tinge with a darker band across chest. Any ideas or clues please email me.
Continue as of today with a single imm./female hummingbird at my feeders at my residence in Finneytown, Oh., 10/7/02.

Date: 10/05/02
Location: Elizabethtown Bridge, Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: None

Sorry for the late posting.

3 AMERICAN PIPITS seen on the mudflats below the bridge. Not a lot of other birds except for a few Great Blue Herons. Happy Birding!

Date: Oct 7, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Eric Wolff
Other Birders: Wanda Nichols

Saw 1 and heard another Ring Necked Pheasant towards the end of Williamsburg-Bantam Rd. (Lots of hunters too.) Eastern Towhee and Prairie Warbler on the Turkey Trail.

Date: October 6, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 10-6 addendum
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

After further review... I dun realized that dunlin are much more likely suspects than either dowitcher species this time of year, and since we didn't hear any calls, didn't see the upperside of the birds, did see rather curved bills; given the time of year, location, etc. dunlin can't be ruled out, and dowitchers can't be proven. I'll withdraw the dowitcher sp. sighting and forfeit one time out.

Date: October 6, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 8:00 am to noon
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

3 great blue herons, 1 green heron, 2 each wood duck and mallard, 1 kestrel, 6 killdeer, 2 lesser yellowlegs, 7 solitary sandpipers, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 2 flyby dowitchers-- species? ... The Peterjohn "Birds of Ohio" book notes that any dowitcher in inland Ohio after October 1 is likely a long-billed; however, other Ohio-related books I've read show short-billed dowitchers as a possibility in the first week of October. These birds flew around West Pond and disappeared when they flew around a line of willows and out of our view. They didn't have the courtesy to call out either so we can't hang an ID on that. Anyone want to make a case for or against either species? 6 mourning dove, 20+ chimney swift, 1 kingfisher, 3 downy wp, 2 flicker, 2 phoebe, 4 blue jays, 6+ chickadee, 2 Carolina wren, 100+ robins, 10 catbirds, 2 brown thrashers, 10+ starlings. Warblers: 2 Tennessee, 6 Nashville, 2 maggies, 12 yellow-rumped, 2 black-throated green, 2 palm, 3 redstart, 1 mourning warbler (first year bird. broken eye ring, bright yellow underparts and belly, broken breast band...and viewed from under ten feet away in North Pond.), 3 common yellowthroat, 5 cardinals, 1 rose-breasted grosbeak, 2 indigo buntings, 20+ song sparrows, 4 Lincoln's, white-throated sparrows (#?) heard but not seen at the edge of the parking lot at Symmes and Berk, 50+ red-winged bbs, 1 cowbird, 6 goldfinch.

Date: 10/06/02
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Lana Hays
Other Birders:

I visited Rocky Fork for the 6th weekend in a row. Today there was only 1 spoonbill present. I had called and was told that the spoonbills were still present on Friday. I met several other birders who also had only seen the one. One birder had been there from about 9am until 11:00 when I had gotten there. She had only seen one as well. We checked all the "areas" where they had been seen in the past and still only came up with the one. I left around 1:30.
Lana Hays

Date: 10/6/02
Location: Winton Woods Reservoir
Reporter: Mark Piepmeier
Other Birders:

17 Coots; 2 Lincoln Sparrows; 2 Great Blue Herons; 4 Wood Ducks

Date: Oct. 6, 2002
Location: MockingBird Hill Farm Williamsburg OH. Clermont County
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Phoebe Stanley

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Eastern Wood Peewee, lots of Yellow-rumped Warbers. Until Oct. 5 we still had Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the feeders.

Date: 10/5/2002 8:50 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Muscatatuck NWR, Jennings & Jackson Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Audubon Field Trip

On a gorgeous fall day, how can you go wrong by visiting Muscatatuck? Although the waterfowl and shorebird numbers were dismal, passerines and Picidae made up for the lack. The days best birds were undoubtedly Clay-colored Sparrow, Philadelphia Vireo, and a dozen Red-headed Woodpeckers.

Looking in vain for the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow that Darlena Graham found last week, we combed the fields across the road (south and west) from the overlook platform on the Endicott Marsh ponds. Just before noon, the Clay-colored Sparrow popped up, giving definitive looks at his cheeks, white median crown stripe, moderately gray nape, and brown rump. After two or three minutes, he faded into the background and skulked away.

The Philadelphia Vireo was part of a warbler hit parade that kept us in the visitor center parking lot for the first half-hour of the trip. The Red-headed Woodpeckers were widely distributed around Endicott Marsh and the Waterfowl Sanctuary.

Here's the trip list: Pied-billed Grebe 3, Double-crested Cormorant 5, Great Blue Heron 6, Great Egret 1, Green Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 12, Canada Goose 60, Wood Duck 18, Mallard 25, Blue-winged Teal 15, Green-winged Teal 40, Red-shouldered Hawk 3, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Killdeer 4, Rock Dove 2, Mourning Dove 18, Chimney Swift 5, Red-headed Woodpecker 12, Red-bellied Woodpecker 18, Downy Woodpecker 25, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 8, Pileated Woodpecker 3, Eastern Phoebe 8, Warbling Vireo 3, Philadelphia Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 4, Blue Jay 50, American Crow 18, Tree Swallow 40, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 12, White-breasted Nuthatch 7, Carolina Wren 15, Eastern Bluebird 4, American Robin 80, Gray Catbird 3, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 150, Cedar Waxwing 10, Tennessee Warbler 12, Magnolia Warbler 9, Yellow-rumped Warbler 55, Black-throated Green Warbler 5, Palm Warbler 3, Black-and-white Warbler 1, American Redstart 6, Common Yellowthroat 4, Eastern Towhee 5, Clay-colored Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 15, Song Sparrow 15, Swamp Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 35, Indigo Bunting 4, Red-winged Blackbird 200, Eastern Meadowlark 5, Common Grackle 30, Brown-headed Cowbird 18, American Goldfinch 30.

Date: Oct 4, 2002
Location: Winton Woods Backyard
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

One RT hummingbird in the morning. The winds switched to have vectors from the north during the night. As of today (the 5th) I have not seen any. Ned's data base shows 9 reports the first week of Oct., 4 the second week, and 3 the third week. Then we skip to 2 reports the first week of Nov. and single reports in the fourth week of November and second week of December. No indication as to exactly where the reports are from in the 50 mile radius around Downtown Cincinnati.

Date: October 4, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 8:00 am to noon
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

3 great blue herons, 6 Canada geese, 10 each mallard and wood duck, 1 northern harrier, 1 sharpie, 1 Cooper's hawk (all three of the previous raptors flew over within one minute around 9:30 am), 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 Virginia Rail (200 yards southwest of the observation blind.), 1 killdeer, 4 lesser yellowlegs, 4 solitary sandpipers, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 10+ mourning dove, 20+ chimney swift, 5 downy wp, 3 flicker, 2 blue jay, 6 chickadee, 2 Carolina wren, 50+ robin, 10+ gray catbirds, 1 mockingbird, 3 brown thrasher, 1 waxwing. Warblers: 6 Tennessee, 2 Nashville, 5 magnolia, 2 Cape May, 2 yellow-rumped, 3 black-throated green, 1 bay-breasted, 1 black-and-white, 3 redstart, 1 Northern waterthrush (on fallen cottonwood trees in a water-filled depression in North Pond, A.K.A. "Smartweed Flats."), 5 common yellowthroat, 1 Wilson's. 1 Scarlet tanager, 10 cardinal, 3 rose-breasted grosbeak, 8 field sparrow, 20+ song, 3 Lincoln's (1 or 2 more possible Lincoln's [maybe swamps] were playing hide and seek in North Pond. If you want to see a Lincoln's sparrow, wander around West Pond, labeled "Cattail Marsh" on the park map, and you're almost certain to find one or two. You can follow any of the ready-made deer trails. They all track past the clumps of willows and dead trees that the sparrows seem to like.), 1 swamp sparrow, 20+ red-winged blackbirds, 1 cowbird, 2 goldfinch.

Date: 10/03/02 9:30-12:00
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

When we first arrived we drove over to Bowle's Woods and the ballfield past the woods to see if any migrants were hopping about. It was rather disappointing, as the sun would play hide and seek with the clouds and the birds stayed back deep in the woods. However, I was able to manage a few good species. 1 MOURNING WARBLER definitely being the highlight, a first Ohio record for me.

Other migrants seen: 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, 3 Warbling Vireos, 2 Tennessee Warblers, 1 Nashville Warbler, 2 Magnolia Warblers, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler, and 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

Bowles Woods didn't provide too much, however it did have 1 WOOD THRUSH (my first fall record), and 1 Ovenbird.

We then ventured over to the Timberlakes and had mostly the same warblers but had quite a different shock. 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (heard only)! I could tell right away what it was by the call but it just kept evading me and I never could get a look at it.
A couple of other species were picked up in a small wave of migrants: 1 Philadelphia Vireo, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, and 1 Bay-breasted Warbler.

I also checked the back of the lake from Strimple Rd. It is now filled back in and has no habitat for shorebirds. However 2 Great Egrets, 1 Green Heron, and 1 Northern Harrier were present.

The wetlands held the usual suspects, however I was mostly going out there to find the NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW. I was successful!! The bird provided a very unsatisfactory glimpse before disappearing, however enough of one to tell what it was. It was seen almost in the exact place it was a couple of years ago. It was on the back dike just past the bat box on the side away from the lake.
Other highlights included: 2 Green-winged Teal (mixed in with almost 100 Mallards), 3 Northern Bobwhite, 1 White-eyed Vireo, 2 Palm Warblers, 2 Swamp Sparrows, 2 Savannah Sparrows, 1 Scarlet Tanager, and 50 Red-winged Blackbirds (the most I have seen in a while). HAPPY BIRDING!!

Date: Oct 4, 2002
Location: Treaty Line Rd-Brookville Lk, IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

First Dunlin of the fall was mixed with the usual group of Yellowlegs, Pecs, and Killdeer.

Date: Thurs. - Oct 3, '02
Location: South Fork Condminiums, Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

The three RT Hummers still coming to feeder. Fight one another to get prefered spots at feeder.

Saw first Coopers hawk here at new
location. Flew thru coomon area
chasing un-IDed bird, flew ouot of
and couldn't tell if it got its
morning snack.

Several GBHerons this afternoon.
One Grackle - first I've seen for
for a couple of weeks.

RE: The hummers. Does anyone know the
latest confirmed date for No. KY ?

Date: 10-03-02
Location: Rapid Run Park bordering backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

5:30 to 6:45 pm from backyard deck overlooking park: observed single RT hummingbird making multiple visits to our feeder (also present on 10-2). First fall male magnolia and black-throated green continue for third day. Fall male tennessee today. Two common nighthawks overhead for approximately 3 minutes.

Date: 10/3/02
Location: Winton Woods Backyard
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

RT hummingbird present in the morning of 10/2 and not seen since. My 1976 Ham Co Parks book says lastest record 10/7. Styer's "Birds of the Oxbow" shows no Oxbow records in October but mentions an Oct 12 sighting in 1989 by Paul Wharton in the Hidden Valley Lake area. We seem to have several late observations this year. If we keep our eyes open we may catch one lingering past Paul's Oct 12 date. I don't expect any winds from the north until next week.

Date: 10/2/02
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Hummer is still here on the red cannas. 10 nighthawks, 1 black throated green warbler and a female redstart.
Friday at work I watched 1000's of chimney swifts swirling around outside my office window. I counted at least 300 descending into a smokestack. It looked as if they were being sucked in by a vacuum cleaner. My window is above the top of the stack but it was impossible to see exactly how they were all fitting in there!

Date: 10-01-02
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

6:15-30 PM in backyard bordering the park: black-throated green, first-fall male magnolia, canada warbler. In Mount Auburn at 6:10 AM: two common nighthawks circling the lighted tower of Christ Hospital.

Date: Oct 1, 2002
Location: Treaty Line Rd-Brookville Lake IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

I have been stopping by this area nearly daily for the past few weeks. Not much new lately, but thought I would make quick report. Two imm Bald Eagles are present most days, as are 1-2 Ospreys. GBH range from mid-30's to 85 yesterday. 13 Great Egrets, 2 Green Herons, and between 3 and 60 DC Cormorants are usually present. Over 200 Tree Swallows, a few Barns and Roughwings are still actively feeding. Shorebird numbers are way down; Killdeer 35+, Semipalmated Sand 6-8, Least Sand 3 (down from mid 80's), 8 L Yellowlegs, 3 G Yellowlegs, 12-15 Pectoral Sand, 3 Spotted Sandpipers remain today.

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