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Sightings Log Archive: January 2003 - March 2003

Date: Monday, March 31, 2003
Location: Aurora Ferrly Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Owner of the sloughs on Aurora Ferry Rd., called me to tell me of a Swan on their sloughs - couldn't tell species. Went there w/ scope and identified it as a Mute Swan. Bird was browsing on grassy bank along with 7+ Canada Geese. Also present were: N. Shovelers; Blue-wing Teal; Mallards; Wood Ducks; T Vultures; Am Kestrel; M Doves; E Bluebird; Red-w Blackbird.

On way home, stopped by Camp Ernst Lake.
Only birds of note were 2 Ruddy Ducks, m & f.

Date: 31 March 2003
Location: Newport / Dayton Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A few assorted species of interest. At the Watertown Yacht Club there were 3 Killdeer with one Spotted Sandpiper, as well as 2 Field Sparrows. 5 Northern Shovelers and 4 Bonaparte's Gulls were directly across the river by the Ohio shore. At Taylor Park there was one lonely Lesser Scaup.

Date: Sun. March 30,2003
Location: Dearborn Cty. Ind
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Rick Pope, a farmer and Board member of Oxbow Inc., told me about a colony of nesting Great Blue Herons he'd seen, so I'll pass on the information. From I-74 West, get off at the Brookville exit (rt.52) and take the first left onto Ind.46. Just as you cross the Whitewater River, go right on Barber Rd. and the colony is about 100yards down Barber on the right in a Sycamore tree. I counted 14 nests in various stages of construction and several birds standing and sitting on nests.

Date: 3/31/2003 AM
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I had counted 91 Pectoral Sandpipers when something flushed them causing them to reposition. There was probably more than that. Also, 3 yellowlegs sp.

Date: 3/30/03
Location: symmes park
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders: mike evans amanda scott

many robins,rufous towee our 1st!

Date: 3/30/2003
Location:
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

wrong date on previous.

Date: 3/31/2003 5 - 6 PM
Location: Camp Denison
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

1 pied-billed grebe, 6 horned grebe, 2 RED-NECKED GREBE, 11 ruddy duck, 6 bufflehead, 300+ coot, 4 shoveler, 3 ring-necked duck, 2 mallard, 6+ c. geese, 1 unidentified large wader (possibly yellowlegs), 1 belted kingfisher, 20+ tree swallows, 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 towhee, and 9 t. vulture.

Date: 3/30/2003 7:30 AM-1:00 PM
Location: Eastern Hamilton Co. and Western Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

The winds were brisk at Camp Dennison at 7:30 AM, but the Red-necked Grebe didn't seem to mind. In fact it was grebe weather, but not duck weather, as the large numbers of divers and dabblers seem to have moved on. Tree Swallow numbers are building, as are Golden-crowned Kinglets. There was a lone Yellow-rumped Warbler in cedars at the northeast corner of the park.

Kelley Nature Preserve started off slowly, but warmed up (bird-wise) later with a Winter Wren and a very lethargic Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, multiple Hairy Woodpeckers, and a perched Cooper's Hawk were also welcome sightings.

The Cincinnati Nature Center was riddled with woodpeckers (and their holes), with everything except Red-Headed showing up, most in good numbers. Multiple sightings of Fox Sparrows, accompanied by their sweet, oriole-like song, were a welcome offset to the flakes of snow that we observed. The best sighting was a Louisiana Waterthrush (chipping, not singing) along Avey's Run. An overhead Red-shouldered Hawk was icing on the cake.

Our final stop was a run out to Sugartree Rd. (near East Fork SP) to look for a Red-headed Woodpecker. We completed a "woodpecker sweep" by finding a single adult Red-headed Woodpecker accompanied by many more of his Picidae cousins. More singing Fox Sparrows sent us on our way with a farewell serenade.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond & Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: Jay & Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Audubon Field Trip, 10 observers


Some of the species and numbers observed at the Winton Woods settling pond included; Wood Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal 7, Gadwall 3, American Wigeon 6, Ring-necked Duck 70+, Lesser Scaup 20~, Bufflehead 2, Hooded Merganser 2, Cooper's Hawk 1, American Coot 50+, Eastern Phoebe 2, Tree Swallow 30+, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4, Brown Thrasher 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 and VESPER SPARROW 1.
Some of the species and numbers observed at Glenwood Gardens included; Wood Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal 9, Northern Shoveler 2, Red-tailed Hawk 3 and active nest, American Kestrel 2, Belted Kingfisher 1+, Northern Flicker 4, Eastern Phoebe 5, Brown Creeper 2, Eastern Bluebird 4, Brown Thrasher 1, Eastern Towhee 3, White-throated Sparrow 2+, Field Sparrow 3.

Date: 3/30/03@10am
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

3 Vesper Sparrows and 20 plus yellow rumped warblers.

Date: March 30, 2003
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, 8 Turkey Vulture, 13 Canada Goose, 6 Wood Duck, 2 Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle (1st or 2nd year), 2 Cooper's Hawk, 3 Red-shouldered Hawk, 25 Am Coot, 2 Killdeer, 9 Bonapart's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 5 Morning Dove, 2 Barred Owl, 5 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 3 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 5 N. Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, 4 E. Phoebe, 17 Bluejay, 22 A. Crow, Tree Swallow, 13 C. Chickadee, 8 Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, 10 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2 E. Bluebird, 9 A. Robin, N. Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, E. Starling, 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 13 Rufous-sided Towhee, 3 Chipping Sparrow, 8 Field Sparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, 3 White-throated Sparrow, 30 Dark-eyed Junco, 46 N. Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, 21 C. Grackle, 23 Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, 6 A. Goldfinch

One Barred Owl was sitting in a cavity with two feathers marking the entrance.

Date: March 30, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds, new property
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I waded through a 20-acre property west of the Gilmore Road parking lot and south of the Miami-Erie Canal this morning. This is mostly wooded wetlands, with a patch of wet sedge-grass meadow, and some field acreage fronting Gilmore Road. The Port-Union - Gilmore Ponds Conservation Corridor group is going to buy this property within a few days. There's some nice habitat here. I didn't see many birds, but here are the highlights: 3 fox sparrows, 5 field sparrows, 6 song sparrows, 1 towhee, 1 phoebe, 1 flicker, 1 pied-billed grebe, 3 mallards, 20 + robins, 1 T.V., (and 1 refrigerator, 1 propane tank, etc. The property could use some tidying up.)

Date: Mar.30,2003
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

American Bittern seen around 12:00 noon at the edge of the small pond near the parking lot.

Date: 03/28/03
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Frank Frick at wildlife viewing shelter

Pied-billed Grebe 1, Turkey Vulture 4, Canada Goose 4, Wood Duck 3, Mallard 4, Blue-winged Teal 4, Northern Shoveler 25, Green-winged Teal 39, Ring-necked Duck 11, Greater Scaup 2, Lesser Scaup 4, Bufflehead 6, Northern Bobwhite 1, American Coot 18, Killdeer 2, Wilson's Snipe 1, Mourning Dove 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 5, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 2, Horned Lark 1, Tree Swallow 7, Tufted Titmouse 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 30, Brown Thrasher 4, European Starling, Louisiana Waterthrush 1 (Bowle's Woods), Eastern Towhee 2, Chipping Sparrow 4, Field Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 25, Northern Cardinal 7, Red-winged Blackbird 20+, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 8, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, American Goldfinch 3, House Sparrow 15.

Date: March 30
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Sharon Pawlowski
Other Birders: David Dankovic

7 Great Blue Herons, 32 Mallards, 13 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 5 Canada Geese, 8 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Carolina Chickadees, 1 Robin, 3 Cardinals, 4 Rough-winged Swallows, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Flickers, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 5 Cowbirds, 1 Song Sparrow

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


From about 5:00 to 6:00 pm this late afternoon there were actually 3 Vesper Sparrows foraging along the side of McKelvey Rd, the driveway up to the pond and also along the first 30 yards of the closed road around the pond, just as Jerry had reported earlier in the day.

Date: 3/29/03
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

2 Pied-billed Grebes, 8 Horned Grebes (1 in breeding plumage), 7 Common Loons in breeding plumage, 4 Black Ducks, 2 Blue-Winged Teal.

Date: 3-28/3-29
Location: Clermont County Parks
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

My First Brown Thrasher of the year seen at Pattison Park on 3-28.

Also, 2 Brown Thrashers seen at Chilo Lock #34 Park on 3-29, along with a pair of wood ducks who stopped and rested in a tree near the restrooms.

Date: 3/29/2003
Location: Caesar Creek Park
Reporter: Jon Woolf
Other Birders:

Total of 34 species in about 2.5 hours at the beach, visitor center, observation tower. Highlights:

* Bonaparte's Gull with the flock of Ring-bills on the beach

* 2 Common Loons on the lake near the beach

* Northern Shovelers and Blue-winged teal on the pond near the observation tower

* Woodpeckers all over the place: Flickers, Downies, Red-bellies, 2 Pileateds(!), and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, which was a lifer for me.

* Very good look at a Brown Creeper
* 4 WHITE PELICANS flying over the beach (!!)

Date: March 29th, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Silt Retention Basin (Settling Pond)
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Park District hike participants

The most interesting find of the day: 2 Vesper Sparrows feeding alongside the road (McKelvey) going by the Silt Basin. These birds flew a number of times when cars passed, but they continually returned to feed at the edge of the road in various locations, such as near the parking lot (closed now), along the road going back to the dam, and mainly nearer the Silt Basin. They would perch 15-20 feet up in nearby trees when disturbed, then return to the road edge and the grass alongside the road. Look for their white outer tail feathers when they fly. Present at the Silt Basin pond were ~18 Blue winged Teal, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 3 Redhead Ducks, 8 Wood Ducks, 1 Bufflehead (female), 50 Ring-necked Ducks, 30 Lesser Scaup, 2 American Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 6 Mallards, 6 Canada Geese, 35 American Coots, 30 Tree Swallows, and 1 Ring-billed Gull.

Date: 3-28-2003
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Forgot to mention the grebes... Many Pied billed and Horned Grebe... probably 20 or more PB Grebe and 10-15 Horned Grebe... At least 1 Red-necked Grebe, and possibly another in the second large pond, which is more distant of the two big ponds from the Nature Trail. The bird stayed tucked, but it was fairly large, and seemed to be darker around the neck and chin than the Horned Grebe.

Date: 3-28-2003
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pit
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

200 American Coot, 10 Canada Geese, 1 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 5 American Wigeon, 8 Northern Shoveler, 4 Redhead, 25 Ring-necked Duck, 20 Lesser Scaup, 20 Ruddy Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser.

Along the middle dike, towards the right (when viewed from the Camp Dennison Nature Trail overlook ridge) were two bigger shorebirds. My best guess is Greater Yellowlegs. Overall, grayish bird, dark wings, lighter underneath, slightly upturned bill. The birds were very distant, but actively "sprint waded" the whole time I was there.

Also, Turkey Vultures were constantly soaring somewhere, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Field Sparrow. On the Nature Trail 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1 Brown Kinglet.

Date: 3-28-2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Redhead (2), Ring-necked Duck (50+), Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot

At least 20 Tree Swallows were swarming over the lake. Turkey Vultures were passing over constantly, and a Red-shouldered Hawk flew over and perched for a few minutes along the back of the water.

Date: 3/28/03
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

My mom, grandparents, and I went down to the cemetery this afternoon to look at the GORGEOUS Weeping Cherry Trees. They were in full bloom and were definitely worth the drive to go see them. A couple of new arrivals at the main lake. Mixed in with the usual Canada Geese, Mallards, and Mute Swan were: 2 American Wigeon(male and female), and 2 Wood Ducks(also male and female).
No Merlin but I could have easily missed it. Good birding!

Date: 3/27/03
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Park
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

1 GREAT EGRET! It was not actually in the park but seen at the edge of the gravel pit located at the end of Mt. Hope Rd. when it turns into 1-28. You are not allowed to enter into the gravel pit, however I could see the bird from the road. Happy birding and bring on the warblers!

Date: 27 March 2003
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

My first Chipping Sparrows of the spring, at least 3 singing away this morning.

Date: March 27, 2003 am
Location: Middletown
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

A bunch of cowbirds have arrived in Middletown.

Date: 3/26/03
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

Glorious birding out here this morning! Lots of ducks with a good variety. The only surprise (at least it surprised me) was a Bonaparte's gull in non-breeding plumage swimming around with all the ducks. Occasionally, it would fly from one side of the big pond to the other, apparently to snatch some tasty morsel. Then it would swim around again, seeming to paddle for all it was worth.

Date: March 25, 2003
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg Oh.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 Vesper Sparrow

Date: 3/26/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I stopped by on my way to work today. Of note were grebes. 2 RED-NECKS now present, 4 Horned, and ~20 PB Grebes. Other birds included both Teal, Mallards, Ca Geese, Gadwall, A Widgeon, 15 Bufflehead, 6 Redhead, 10 Ring necked, 20 L Scaup, and a pair of RB Mergs. Oh yeah and Coots. 1 RN Grebe was in each of the large ponds.

Date: 3/24-26/2003
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I have seen 1-2 Fox Sparrows each of these days. I have also seen "Spring" Azure butterflies on 2 of the 3 days.

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2003
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Audubon Field Trip, 12 participants


Some of the species and numbers seen on our mid day visit included the following. Pied-billed Grebe 1, Wood Duck 4, Green-winged Teal 45, American Black Duck 14, Mallard 50~, Blue-winged Teal 12, Northern Shoveler 20+, Gadwall 4, American Wigeon 6, Ring-necked Duck 25~, Lesser Scaup 25~, Bufflehead 4, Hooded Merganser 1, Red-tailed Hawk 3+, American Coot 15~, Killdeer 5, PECTORAL SANDPIPER 6, COMMON SNIPE 1, Tree Swallow 25+, Field Sparrow (many singing), FOX SPARROW 3, White Crowned Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark 3 and RUSTY BLACKBIRD 30+.

Date: 03/25/03
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

9:15-9:55 a.m. :Park areas of Big Sycamore picnic shelter along Dry Fork Creek, just south of West Rd. bridge and briefly in the Bowles Woods area.

10-11:15 a.m. : Wetlands area.

Bird counts indicate area of property, [e.g., (4p,10w) means 4 were seen in park, 10 at wetlands] All waterfowl and waterbirds were at the wetlands and sexes are indicated by (m:f) format where noted. All but two of the Blue-winged Teal were in the pond closest to Baughman Rd.

The list:

Pied-billed Grebe 2, Canada Goose 6, Wood Duck 2 (1:1), Green-winged Teal 1m, Blue-winged Teal 15 (12:3), Northern Shoveler 21, Ring-necked Duck 27, GREATER SCAUP 2 (1:1), Lesser Scaup 18, Bufflehead 8 (4:4), Turkey Vulture 14 (4p,10w), Northern Bobwhite 1w, American Coot 21, Killdeer 1w, Mourning Dove 7 (3p,4w), Belted Kingfisher 2p, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4p, Downy Woodpecker 3 (1p,2w), Northern Flicker 3 (2p,1w), Eastern Phoebe 1w (Baughman Rd. pond), Horned Lark 6 @ Baughman and Edgewood Roads, Tree Swallow 5w, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW 2 under West Rd. bridge, Blue Jay 1p, Carolina Chickadee 3p, White-br. Nuthatch 1p, Eastern Bluebird 2p @ nest box, Am. Robin 25 (10p,15w), N. Mockingbird 1w, Brown Thrasher 1w, Starling 9 (5p,4w), N. Cardinal 8 (7p,1w), Eastern Towhee 5 (2p,3w), Field Sparrow 4 (1p,3w), Song Sparrow 18 (6p,12w), Swamp Sparrow 1w, Red-winged Blackbird 17 (2p,15w) - females have arrived, E. Meadowlark 3w, Common Grackle 2w, B.H. Cowbird 8 (6p,2w), House Finch 1p, Am. Goldfinch 13 (4p,9w).

Date: 3/24/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

In addition to the birds in Frank's posting I had 10 PB Grebes, 3 Horned Grebes, 8 Gadwall, 1 BW Teal, 10 Redhead, 6 L Scaup, 1 Hooded Merg. And the best part is, I could see everything from the road, Including some of the best looks I have had at the RN Grebe!

Date: 24 March 2003
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

While watching a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches carry nesting material into their nest hole, I counted about 80 Turkey Vultures drifting past, along with 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk. Also 2 Eastern Phoebes.

Date: 24 March 2003
Location: Camp Dennison, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The RED-NECKED GREBE is still present and still in winter plumage. Lots of American Coots (200) but not many ducks in view. Visible were 10 Ring-necked Ducks, 6 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 American Wigeon and 20 Bufflehead. Also 1 singing Pine Warbler in a nearby pine plantation area.

Date: March 23, 2003
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

White Winged Scoter, Common Loon, Tree Swallows were highlights from Sunday.

Date: 03-24-03
Location: 275 heading east
Reporter: Sister Marty Dermody
Other Birders:

I spotted the white pelican flying west towards the Oxbow area at 10:30 a.m. this morning. What a beautiful sight on a beautiful morning.

Date: Saturday, 3-22-03
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands (Shaker Trace)
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Wood ducks (4 pairs) in the small flooded woodlot across the street from the parking area. Pair of Hooded mergansers in pond by parking lot. From viewing platform on main body of water: Pied-billed grebe (2), Blue-winged teal (4), N. shoveler (8), Ring-necked ducks (30+), scaup species (lesser?), bufflehead (3), Hooded Mergansers (2 pair... probably includes pair from area near parking lot), many Coots, several Mallards, and Canada geese. 30+ tree swallows seen. Meadowlark (H).

Date: 3.22.2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

I forgot to put the location, etc. into my earlier post.

Canada Goose 6, Mallard 6, American Coot 50, Wood Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal 7, Northern Shoveler 15, Gadwall 10, American Wigeon 15, Redhead 25, Ring-necked Duck 60, Lesser Scaup 20, , Bufflehead 5, Hooded Merganser 2, Pied-billed Grebe 2

Also, 3 Tree Swallows flying about the lake. A single Eastern Pheobe was along the road, in a tree, off the hillside, next to the wet field (opposite side of the settling pond). 2 Cooper's Hawks were flying over the neighborhood just outside the park on McEvley Road.

Date: Sat. March 23
Location: Summit Lake State Park, Brookville Res. and in between
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club trip led by Jay Stenger

A total of 70 species were found during the course of the day, but we had to work pretty hard for most of them. Summit Lake was very slow and Brookville wasn't any better. Could it have had anything to do with the boats on the lakes??? We did end up with 15 sp of waterfowl, but it was still a rather disappointing day from a numbers standpoint. Highlights were 17 C.Loons(5@SL,12@BL), 15 Horned Grebes, 7 PBGrebes, 6 DCCormorants, 100 Grt.Blue Herons including 88 nests at the rookery 1 mile south of the town of Brookville, 60 Can. Goose, 2 Snow Geese(Summit), 50 Mallards,2 Gadwall,25 BW Teal,12 N. Shoveler, 8 Woodies,7 Redheads, 2 Ring-neck, 6 Greater Scaup, 15 Lesser Scaup, 14 Bufflehead, 11 C.Goldeneye, 7 Hooded Mergs, 11 RB Mergs, 100+T Vultures, 8 Blk. Vultures, 3 Coopers Hawks, 36 Red-Tails including several on nests, 3 imm. Bald Eagles at Brookville, 1 Osprey at Brookville, 10 Kestrels, 10 Wild Turkeys, 7 Sandhill Cranes (flyovers at Summit), 150+/- Coots, 10 Killdeer, 1 Snipe, only about 30 Ring-billed Gulls, 4 Bonaparte's at Brookville, 2 Kingfishers, 2 phoebes, 3 Tree Swallows, 2 Savannah Sparrows,plus small numbers of the usual songbirds.

Date:
Location:
Reporter:
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 6, Mallard 6, American Coot 50, Wood Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal 7, Northern Shoveler 15, Gadwall 10, American Wigeon 15, Redhead 25, Ring-necked Duck 60, Lesser Scaup 20, , Bufflehead 5, Hooded Merganser 2, Pied-billed Grebe 2

Also, 3 Tree Swallows flying about the lake. A single Eastern Pheobe was along the road, in a tree, off the hillside, next to the wet field (opposite side of the settling pond). 2 Cooper's Hawks were flying over the neighborhood just outside the park on McEvley Road.

Date: 3/23/03
Location: Shawnee Lookout and the Oxbow
Reporter: Paul Krusling
Other Birders: Catarina Neuman

Three male turkeys in courtship display along with at least a half dozen other turkeys along Lawrenceburg Road in Shawnee Lookout Park. The white pelican was seen in the oxbow area south of the entrance ramp to I-275.

Date: 22 March 2003
Location: Red River Gorge, Wolfe and Powell Cos., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

Highlights of a two day (22 & 23 March) trip to the Red River Gorge include the following highlights:

One BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER near Rock Bridge on the 22nd - possibly an early spring date for the State of Kentucky (earliest date in new annotated checklist - 23 March).

Also very early as well as multiple numbers of BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS.

Early courtship activities of the isolated population of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at Rock Bridge - a total of 3 pairs noted.

Pine Warblers on territory in good numbers with nesting activity noted.

Eastern Phoebes also on territory in excellent numbers.

Details for 22 March:
Rock Bridge / Swift Camp Creek trail, Wolfe Co.;
First noted singing Blue-headed Vireo near old log dam, then a singing Black and White Warbler came into view along with 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 3 Carolina Chickadees. Near Creation Falls a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches was observed with the male feeding the female and both inspecting likely snags and cavities. A Black-throated Green Warbler was sighted as well as another Blue-headed Vireo heard nearby. Another Black-throated Green Warbler present at picnic area. A total of 7 Pine Warblers and 5 Eastern Pheobes also noted.

Whittleton Arch Trail, Powell Co. - 2 Black Vultures, 30 Turkey Vultures, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 Eastern Pheobes, 2 Dark-eyed Juncos.

Details for 23 March:
Lower Trail near Natural Bridge SP Nature Center, Powell Co.;
2 Eastern Pheobes, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 Dark-eyed Juncos.

Rock Bridge Trail, Wolfe Co.;
2 pairs Red-breasted Nuthatches in territorial dispute near cliff overlook - lots of chasing and agitated trill song vocalizations by both males - 1 male White-breasted Nuthatch also singing nearby. One male RBNU went to same snag as last year's nesting - a freshly enlarged hole noted. Also 1 Brown Creeper, 4 Black-throated Green Warblers, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 8 Pine Warblers (1 carrying nesting material).

Sky Bridge, Wolfe Co.;
1 Blue-headed Vireo, 3 Pine Warblers.


Date: March 23, 2003
Location: Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Reporter: Dan Hadley / Mary Elizabeth Huey
Other Birders: Hiking Group of Twenty

While hiking to view a magnificent display of hundreds of blooming Snow Trillium (rare wildflower) we spotted a dozen Eastern Phoebe scattered throughout the woods at Highlands Nature Sanctuary in Highland County Ohio. Sanctuary naturalist Larry Henry also states a Barn Owl is being seen in the vacinity.

Date: March 23
Location: L. Miami's Horseshoe Bend below Fairfax
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

Five cormorants, and a kestrel attacking a Cooper's Hawk

Date: March 23, 2003
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bob Lacker
Other Birders:

Louisiana Waterthrush along Avery's Run downstream from the confluence of the east and west branch.

Date: 3-22-03
Location:
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

White Pelicans still at oak creek campground in Higginsport. White Winged Scoter still in New Richmond. AlsoPine Warbler and Winter Wren at Mitchell Memorial Forest.

Date: Fri., 3/21/03 4:35-5:10 PM
Location: Camp Ernst Lake Boone Co. KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Been making almost a daily stop at the lake in hopes of catching some uncommon to rare birds. Today during the above time period, there was a Common Loon at the lake --- first seen near the dam, out from the fishing pier. Later the bird moved up near the beach area located on the NW shore. Also seen:
xx Canada Geese; 6 T Vultures: 10+ Am Coot; xx Red-wing Blackbird.

Other than C Loon, not a very good day.
BTW, didn't know Loon's stay under water for such a long period of lltime.

Granville Carey

Date: 3-21-2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

It was hard to ID many of the ducks because the sun took out a lot of the water. But, pretty good variety of ducks.

Canada Goose 10, Mallard 15, American Coot 40, Wood Duck 1, Green-winged Teal 6, Blue Winged Teal 12, Northern Shoveler 20, Gadwall 15, American Wigeon 10, Redhead 25, Ring-necked Duck 50, Lesser Scaup 10, Scaup sp 20, Bufflehead 8, Hooded Merganser 1

A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over the overlook point. There were 4+ Tree Swallows circling over the water. Also, a single PURPLE MARTIN was kiting across the water. The bird also flew over the overlook point a few times.

Winton Woods Lake had 2 Canada Geese, 4 Wood Duck, and a single Horned Grebe (I don't know what a Horned Grebe sounds like, but something was calling quite a bit from its general location. I assume it was the H Grebe).

Date: March 21, 2003
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Jack and I heard and saw 3 American Woodcock peenting and displaying in the wet weedy field across the road from the settling pond at Winton Woods about 7:15 thru 7:30 pm this evening.

Date: 3/21/03@530p
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Another merlin at SGC, not the one that I have been watching for the past several weeks. This looks like an adult male, very skitish behavior for a merlin. It has the rufous wash on the legs and sides of breast. It's a very dark bird. It was all over the area in the back but was first perched in Section 125, in the Tulip Tree, the tallest tree in the section.

Date: 3/21/03
Location: Acton Lake ~ Hueston Woods State Park
Reporter: Cindy
Other Birders:

Most of these were seen behind the Acton Picnic area.

Red-Necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe
Canada Goose
Mallard
Wood Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ring-Necked Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-Breasted Merganser
Common Merganser








Date: 3/21/03
Location: Acton lake - Oxbow
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

A red necked grebe was at the marina area at Acton lake on 3/20, along with a horned grebe, many gulls and canada geese.
3/21 - there were still 2 white pelicans at the oxbow along with large numbers of gulls, 9 D.C. cormorants, 2 gadwall, 40+ blue winged teal. large numbers of tree swallows.

Date: 21 March 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Still a nice assortment of waterbirds along the mouth of the Licking about an hour after David's post. The 18 Horned Grebes (most in summer plumage) were keeping in tight formation, and diving in unison, against the current. The dabblers - 2 Blue-wing Teal, 1 pair Wood Ducks, 1 American Wigeon and 6 Mallards - were also working against the current, sifting through the drift. The divers - 2 Bufflehead and 2 Ring-necked Ducks were keeping out of the current in a calmer cove by the river's mouth.

Date: 03/21/03 7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
Location: Taylor Park - Newport, KY
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

In the high debris-filled muddy waters of the mighty Ohio and Licking Rivers, and along their muddy shores, I found the following:

Horned Grebe 18, Canada Goose 5, Wood Duck 1, Mallard 27, BLUE-WINGED TEAL 3 (3m), Ring-necked Duck 2 (2f), Bufflehead 2 (1m, 1f), American Coot 6, Ring-billed Gull 5.

Common songbirds and 2 Rock Doves were also noted.

Yesterday (3/20) at aprox. 6:20 p.m. I noted a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON flying north along the Mill Creek over the Western Hills viaduct.

Date: March 20, 2003
Location: Miami Heights
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

Spring must be here. I also just saw my first Chipping Sparrow of the year, in our back yard.

Date: 3/20/03
Location: New Richmond
Reporter: mark Wessel
Other Birders:

Heard and saw Chipping Sparrows in my yard for the first time this year.

Date: 3-19-2003
Location: Pleasant Ridge
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

2 Cooper's Hawks, flying together for a moment (when first seen), then flying in seperate directions. Possibly courtship/mating behavior? I've seen one Cooper's around here often, but never two at the same time.

Date: March 19, 2003
Location: Miami Heights
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

After being absent since the end of January, the Indigo Bunting was back at our feeder this evening. At least, we assume it's the same one. It's mostly blue now, but still a lot of tan blotches, so its molt is well along now. One reason for assuming that it's the same bird is that it's still nearly a month early to expect returning Indigo Buntings.

Date: 19 March 2003
Location: Oxbow / Wilson Creek Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I could just make out 1 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 100 Ring-billed Gulls through the trees in the rain from the side of the RT 50 ramp to KY-bound I-275. At the Wilson Creek backwater near Aurora - 10 Lesser Scaup, 15 Ring-necked Ducks.

Date: 3/19/2003 12:00-12:30
Location: Camp Dennison gravel pits.
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

The biggest news is that there was a shrike sp. It was perched on one of the short trees on the earthen dyke that separates the two biggest ponds. I was on the overlook that parallels the nature trail so it was quite distant. Given the distance and the background the bird appeared as a dark blob. However, the dark blob had the right shape and behaviour for a shrike.

Counted: Common Goldeneye (2), Red-necked Grebe, Hooded Merganser, Tree Swallow, Red-tailed Hawk (2),

Not Counted: American Coot, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Goose, Ruddy Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveller, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Scaup sp., Bufflehead, Turkey Vulture

Date: Sun 3/16/03
Location: East Fork/Meldahl/Chilo Lock
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Rick Chanin, Ken Phillips

Sorry for the late post. We missed the pelicans, but had great close-up looks at some ducks.
East Fork & vicinity: 2 Herring Gulls and 1 Bonaparte's with xx Ring-Billeds, 8 Bufflehead, Green-winged Teal pair. And in my neighboring yard: Red-headed woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and 3 Fox Sparrows that have spent the winter were still present, as well as a Yellow-rumped Warbler feeding at the Sapsucker wells. A woodcock called in the horse pasture in the evening.
Meldahl Dam: Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird pair, Horned Grebe, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Hooded Mergansers, a Black Duck looking oddly out of place with the mergansers, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Killdeer and many Turkey Vultures.
Chilo Lock Park: Redhead (duck), Killdeer, Eastern Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbirds calling.
Rt 133 Farm Pond near Bethel: 7 Lesser Scaup, 8 Ring-necked Ducks

Date: 3/18/03
Location: White Oak Creek/ Higginsport
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Four American White Pelicans were still present at 6:30 PM.

Date: 3/18/03
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Patti Niehoff
Other Birders:

cardinal, red-winged blackbird, robin, tree sparrow (?), song sparrow, American coot, killdeer, Canada geese, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, pied-billed grebe, tree swallow, northern shoveler, mallard, northern harrier, starling, red-bellied woodpecker.

Date: March 17, 2003
Location: Oxbow, Indiana
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

2 American White Pelicans in the Oxbow about 3 pm.

Date: 3/18/03 345-415
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Just to show how the waterbirds are changing right now. there were 125+ RN Ducks present today. There were a decent number considering the time of day and 5 people fishing around the lakes. I did not search to hard for anything (Grebes), well except a E Widgeon or a Tufted Duck. ~15 PB Grebes, 10 C Geese, 4 Mallards, 2 Black Ducks, 25 A Widgeon, 20 Gadwall, 3 N Shovelers, 1 GW Teal, 3 BW Teal, 125+ RN Ducks, 14 L Scaup, 20 Redhead, 6 Canvasback, 3 Hooded Mergs, 8 Bufflehead.

Date: 03/16/03
Location: Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

Bridget and I went for a leisurely stroll at this new addition to the Hamilton County Park District.*
Spring arrivals that I heard while walking or sitting were 1 Brown Thrasher, a few Tree Swallows (bubbly call, could not locate the birds and did not have binocs with me), 2 Winter Wrens chattering along the West Fork of Mill Creek. Also noted a Turkey Vulture and an American Kestrel. Seventeen species identified without binocs.

* FYI: This new park is located behind McDonald's at the intersection of Springfield Pike (a.k.a. Rt. 4) and Glendale-Milford Rd. (exit #14 from I-75). Go west on Glendale-Milford Rd. from I-75 and thru this intersection. Nice area of about 360 acres.

Date: 3/17/03 3:30p to dark
Location: New Richmond to Chilo
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

4 WHITE PELICANS at White Oak Creek Marina/Campground in Higginsport.

A kettle of 200+ BLACK VULTURES over the same area.

1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on the Ohio shore at New Richmond. It swam in to shore and stole a large fish from a Ring-billed Gull and took off with the victim in pursuit. The gull kept trying to pounce on the scoter who kept diving with the fish until finally the gull gave up.

Date: 3.17.2003
Location: Camp Dennison; Lake Isabella
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: Jon Woodhouse

Pretty good day for waterbirds at CD; 16 species total. The RED-NECKED GREBE was still present, close to the bluff of of the Camp Dennison Nature Trail. It often was close to a Horned Grebe. Also, one of the Horned Grebes was molting into its breeding plumage.
Numbers are rough estimates
15 Pied-billed Grebe, 6 Horned Grebe, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 100+ American Coot, 25 Ring-necked Duck, 4+ Greater Scaup, 15 Lesser Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 20 Ruddy Duck, 1 (fem.) Hooded Merganser, 5 Northern Shoveler, 10 Mallard, 10 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Gadwall, 10 Redhead, 25 Canada Goose

Also from the bluff:
3 Great Blue Herons landed on one of the dirt hills, above the furthest ponf (from the bluff). Killdeer were heard nearly constantly, and a few were seen. 1 Red-tailed Hawk. 10 Turkey Vultures. 4 BLACK VULTURES (all in a single flock, with one Turkey Vulture). 25 American Goldfinches.

On the Nature Trail, 5 Dark-eyed Juncos, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow (heard only), many Song Sparrows.

Date: 3/17/03 1000-1120
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Spent the morning traveling the Shaker Trace bike path with my kids. Stopped at the Wetlands shelter, there was a scoter present, unfortunately sleeping most of the time. It moved once after a Lesser Scaup bothered it, at that time the following things were noted: white iris,light spot on head below and behind the eye, dull grey bill, slightly darker on top of head. Couldn't see any white on wings, the duck didn't flap its wings. This was a brief look, but the profile resembled a female Surf Scoter. Unless someone gets a better look, it's just scoter species, I guess.

Date: 3/16/03
Location: Stonlick Twp, home
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

The lake had a few waterfowl as usual this time of year, 8 Ca Geese, 2 Mallards, 12 Woodies, 22 RN Ducks, and 2 L Scaup. 4 Tree Swallows were competing with a couple Bluebirds for a box, 1 Woodcock was flying around at dusk, and last but not least a Brown Thrasher. I would assume this is a migrant since he was in my normal birding route I take and this is the first time I have seen since last fall here.

Date: March 16, 2003 5:30pm-dark
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert, Wayne Wauligman

Unsuccessful locating any owls. Many Woodcock were calling, making flights. On and around the water were, 7 N. Shovelers, 14+ Mallards, 1 Coot, xx Geese, 8 Pintail, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Tree Swallows, 2 Killdeer, as well as the usuals.

Date: 3/15/03
Location: Oxbow (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders: none

Beautiful day to be out. The bright sun light made the colors stand out well. I took a few minutes to walk back to the first pond and saw the following: Coots XX, Mallards X, Pintail X, Canadian Geese, XX, Shoveler X, Red Heads XX, Canvasback X, Lesser Scaup XX, Ring Necks XX,Wood Duck X, Gadwall X, Green Winged Teal X, Golden eye X. There were several hundred gulls in the distance to far to ID. Many Red Taild Hawks & Turkey Vultures. Had one Brown Creeper land on a tree nearby.

Date: March 16, 2003
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger, Charlie Saunders, Brian Keane and 9 other participants of an Audubon Society field trip


An Audubon Society field trip to the settling ponds from about 11:30 am to 1:00 pm today saw the following species and approximate numbers. Pied-billed Grebe 1, Canada Goose 200+ throughout park, Wood Duck 1, Mallard 4, Northern Shoveler 6, Gadwall 6, American Wigeon 35, Redhead 35, Ring-necked Duck 200+, Lesser Scaup 25, Bufflehead 4, Hooded Merganser 15, American Coot 50 and BONAPARTE"S GULL 5.
Some other species seen in other areas of the park included Turkey Vulture 3, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Killdeer 4, Ring-billed Gull 35, Pileated Woodpecker, EASTERN PHOEBE 1, Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebirds and BROWN THRASHER 2. Lots of Carolina Chickadee's, Tufted Titmouse and other common species seen and heard throughout the park.

Date: 3/16/03@5:15p
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Brown Merlin in Section 133. Possibly a second one.

Date: March 16, 2003
Location: L. Miami River floodplain north of Beechmont
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

Good numbers of seven sparrows. In order of abundance: song, white-crowned, tree, savannah, swamp, white-throated, fox.

Date: March 16, 2003
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

Settling Pond: Ring-necked Duck 250 (see Ev Kitchen's note), Killdeer 1, Red-headed Duck 25, Lesser Scaup 20, Widgeon 35, Coots 50, Mallard 14, Wood Duck 2, Shoveler 6, Bufflehead 3, Canada Goose 7, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Hooded Merganser 15.
Elsewhere in Winton Woods: Red-bellied Wp 6, Ring-billed Gull 1, Cardinal 8, Tufted Titmouse 3, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Crow 3, Mockingbird 2, Flicker 2, Song Sparrow 5, Turkey Vulture 2, Blue Jay 3, Robin 1, Downy Wp 2, Carolina Chickadee 8, Pileated Wp 1, Grackle 8, Mourning Dove 2, Northern Junco 1, Starling 20, Brown-headed Cowbird 1, House Finch 2.

Date: March 16, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: Camp Denison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Ev Kitchen
Other Birders: Susan Kitchen

Good collection of ducks,geese,grebes, coots and loon.
Common Loon(1), grebes, pied billed 20, horned 2, red-necked 1; coots 150, goldeneye 6, red heads 12, canvassback 24, am wigeon 20, gadwall 4, mallards 10, bufflehead 8, scaup 50, ruddy 20, Canada geese 40. Interesting that hooded mergansers and ring-necked ducks which have been the most numerous ducks since October were absent.

Date: 16 March 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds (10-1130am)
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

Was unsuccessful in locating either of the saw-whet owls in there general locations. Water is starting to subside and there were few ducks or geese present. Did observe 2 tree swallows flying in and out of a nest box on the west side of the West Pond area.

Date: 3-15-03
Location: Spring Valley WA & nearby gravel pit
Reporter: Diana Shuler
Other Birders: Jeff Brown

Spring Valley (5:30-7:20 p.m.)- ruddy duck(1), lesser scaup(13), turkey vulture(12), red-bellied wp(1), wb nuthatch(1), downy wp (1), Carolina chickadee(1), killdeer (4), red-winged blackbird(xxxx), Carolina wren(1), northern shoveler (12), mallard(2), tree swallow(5), sandhill crane(2), barred owl (2), mourning dove(1), eastern phoebe(1), sharp-shinned hawk(1), Virginia rail(5).

Gravel Pits (Roxanna-New Burlington Rd)(4:30-5:20)-Canada goose(100), Am. widgeon(25), black duck(12), mallard(50+), hooded merganser(6), common merganser(3), rb merganser(2), ring-necked duck(15), green-winged teal(18), redhead(30), Am. coot(50), gadwall(4), n. shoveler(1), killdeer(3), kestral(1), great blue heron(2), lesser scaup(32), ring-billed gull(10), song sparrow(1).

Date: 3/16/2003
Location: Cowan Lake State Park
Reporter: Jon Woolf
Other Birders:

Seen from the beach and the adjacent marina:

* Male Canvasback
* Male Red-breasted Merganser
* Flock of 20-30 Lesser Scaup, both males and females
* 3 of what looked like winter-plumage Horned Grebes
* Something I've only seen once or twice: a flock of Turkey Vultures in a kettle.
* A lot of gulls, mostly way out on the ice in the middle of the lake. Those close enough to identify were all Ring-bills.

Date: 3-16-03
Location: Lawrenceburg IN
Reporter: Wayne Wauligman
Other Birders:

Confirming Patrick Heekin's sighting, the American White Pelican was found about 9:30AM at a backwater opposite US50 and Wilson Creek Road. Additionally, there were Red-necked Grebe (1), 3 Green Winged Teal and numerous Black Ducks and Mallards.
When I returned later about 10:30, all ducks, grebe and the pelican were gone. Access was obtained by parking near the Indiana Monument Co. Through the scope, I saw the pelican jump when an emergency vehicle went by with a blaring siren. Tree Sparrows were present in the field.

Date: 3/16/03
Location: Chilo lock #34 Park/Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman, Regina Schieltz

As this mornings fog lifted it revealed TWO AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. Seen at 8:30 AM. Last saw heading towards Locust Creek on the Kentucky shore. Yesterday a single pelican was seen at Chilo and at Meldahl Dam. Last time on Saturday that I saw the pelican ws at 6:00 PM at Meldahl. Perhaps Lawernceburg Pelican joined the Chilo Pelican? Or maybe there are at least three pelicans out there.

Date: 03/16/03 ~ 9:10 a.m.
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

As I watched a Mourning Dove collecting nesting material, she carried it to the top of the pine tree in our backyard where I found a male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER feeding at the top of the main trunk. This is the first sapsucker I've seen in my yard since moving here in Sept. 2000.

Date: 15 March 2003
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Spent a few hours watching White-breasted Nuthatch nesting activity. The female may be already incubating, male returning to vicinity of the nest every 20 minutes or so with an encouraging "song". Also 2 Eastern Phoebes, 1 Brown Creeper. I probably would have missed the creeper, if it hadn't creeped right past the nuthatch nest hole. Also 2 Horned Grebes at Taylor Park in Newport, KY.

Date: 3/15/03
Location: E. Fork Lake State Park
Reporter: Dave Dankovic & Sharon Pawlowski
Other Birders:

Saw and heard several woodcocks displaying after sunset at Willow Wood Memorial and the wild turkey habitat/native grasslands area across the street. Had a good look at one who was displaying and taking off from the nature trail that runs through the turkey habitat.

Date: 3/15/03
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands (12p-2:30p)and SGC (5-6p)
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I would agree with Jason, there was a flurry of raptor activity like I haven't seen before. While viewing waterfowl at the Wetlands, an endless stream of first Turkey Vultures (106), followed by Redtail Hawks (14), Black Vultures (6), Red-shoulders (6), Cooper's Hawks (2) and (1)Peregrine came into view over the field beside the wetlands. Talk about lazy birding, sitting in the parking lot! At one point, there were the 6 black vultures, 2 coopers,2 redtails, 2 redshoulders and the peregrine were in one thermal overhead. A kestrel, one male N. Harrier and two resident Red-shoulders were also seen. In that same field beside the wetlands and adjacent to the parking lot was a Prairie race Horned Lark per Peterson's. The facial markings above were not smudgy; they were distinctly black and white and the throat was yellow.
Brown Merlin is still there; seen in Section 133).

Date: Mar.15,2003
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders: Bob Rapien

White-Winged Scoter? Bob saw this bird come in with some other ducks. Dark bird with small white spot under and behind eye. Bill was tucked under wing most of the time,but when we did see it,it was all dark. WE think White-Winged Scoter.I hope it stays around so some else can I.D. it.Other birds seen, Mallards 8,Black Ducks 5,Gadwall 2,A.Wigeon 4,Wood Duck 2,N.Shovelers 5,Green-Winged Teal 4,Canvasback 2,Ring-Necked Ducks xx,L.Scaups xx,Bufflehead 3,Hooded Mergansers 2,A. Coots 6,Pied-Billed Grebe 1, N.Harrier 1,Turkey Vulture 46. The numbers on water birds kept changing though the day.

Date: 3/15/03
Location: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Reporter: Patrick Heekin
Other Birders: none

American Pelican,

Get off 275 and go into downtown Lawrenceburg. Go past the first BurgerKing, Through old downtown, past the Walmart and you will see a second Burger King on the Right. Across the road and down an embackment is some timber were water has accumulated. On the left is a break in the guard rail. Go through this break and there is small path down to the backwater. The Pelican was sitting on a stump in the middle of the backwater. I saw it at about 5:00pm. There is quite a few waterfowl in this timber. The best place to park is near the Burger King.Crossing the highway and parking on the highway is very dangerous.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2003
Location: Hueston Woods/Brookville Lake
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon field trip

I didn't take notes as we went, so no doubt I've forgotten a few things. The highlight was a Red-necked Grebe at Hueston Woods. The lake was frozen below the beach, but the area above had a couple of hundred waterfowl, including Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser. Brookville also had a lot of ice, but about half the lake was open. The biggest concentration of waterfowl was a few thousand north of Fairfield Causeway. Species at Brookville included all the Hueston Woods birds except Wood Duck, and added Gadwall, American Black Duck, Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, and Common and Red-breaster Mergansers. A few Tree Swallows were at Dunlapsville Causeway. Finally, a single American Pipit was in the fields west of Brookville between Treaty Line Road and Dunsapsville, along with Horned Larks and a Northern Harrier.

Date: 3-15-03
Location: Gilmore Ponds/ Rapid Run Park- backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Mike Acheson

Gilmore Ponds 10:30-to 12:00: could not relocate the saw-whet owl today. Did find 5 drake northern shovelers, 2 ring-necked ducks, 13 drake hooded mergansers and 4 female, a pair of widgeon, 3 black duck, many mallards, many canadas, 2 coots, 1 red-tailed hawk, eastern phoebe (heard).

In my backyard bordering Rapid Run Park: fox sparrow for 2 days, male towhee for the last three days, and a female red-winged blackbird (with an orange-pink throat) on Thursday, and the regular titmice, chickadees, and white-throated sparrows. Also, heard two great horned owls this a.m. but they ceased calling just before 6:25.

Date: 3/15/03
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, 2791 Morningridge Dr.
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Neill Cade

A small flurry of raptor activity. A total of AT LEAST 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS!! riding thermals and 5 or more Turkey Vultures. Although we usually have 1 or 2 resident Red-shoulders hanging around we have never seen this many in the neighberhood.

Date: 3/15/03
Location: Spring Valley along bike path
Reporter: Aimee Morrison
Other Birders: Kevin Terell

Well the moment I have been waitng for...Spring Valley to thaw. Except right now there is little open water and mostly mud flats....but still a great birding morning. Here is the list of birds we saw this morning around 8-9 a.m.: 1 female Ruddy Duck, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Shovlers, many Wood Ducks in flight only, Blue-winged Teal in flight, Lesser Scaup, many Ring-billed Gulls, a few Ring-necked Ducks, Canada Geese, 1 male Bufflehead, Great Blue Heron, and too many Song Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds to count... :)
Have a great weekend!!!

Date: March 15, 2003
Location: near my home S. of Williamsburg
Reporter: David Hess
Other Birders:

Ten sandhill cranes on the edge of a corn field, two pairs of red shouldered hawks riding thermals over the field, and two pairs of mallards and five pairs of woodducks on a pond nearby.

Date: 3/15/03
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park, Ohio River
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman, Regina Sheiltz

At 8:40 AM an American White Pelican showed up at Chilo Lock #34 Park. At 11:30 AM it was seen on the upriver side of Meldahl Dam near the Kentucky shore. There is also a White Fronted Goose at Meldahl and 4 Greater Scaup. White winged Scoter was seen in New Richmond. Tree Swallows and a Phoebe have shown up at Chilo Lock #34 Park as well. So far it has been a good day of birding along the river.

Date: 3-13-03
Location: Gap Outlet, Hebron, KY
Reporter: Mary Jo White
Other Birders:

As I opened my car door at 7:15pm, I heard my first Woodcock of the season. Since I was in such a civilized place, I decided to hold still & wait to hear it again. There was the peent again. I was so excited that I wanted to tell someone but there wasn't anyone who was interested. So, I went shopping.

Date: March 14, 2003
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders:


About 40 Ring-billed Gulls and 4 Lesser Scaup on Winton Lake at Harbor Point. Birds seen and approximate numbers at the settling pond late this afternoon included Pied-billed Grebe 1,Wood Duck 8, Green-winged Teal 1, Gadwall 2, Am Wigeon 40+, Redhead 30, Ring-necked Duck 70, Lesser Scaup 25, Bufflehead 3, Hooded Merganser 8, Am Coot 20 and Ring-billed Gull 6. Only 4 Mallards seen on the pond but several were on Winton Lake.

Date: March 14,2003
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Saw 3 Phoebes on our hike this afternoon. Also heard a Barred Owl calling.

Date: 14 March 2003
Location: Morscher Field Wetlands, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

There is still life at the wetlands despite recent filling activities (just what we need another soccer field in N. KY). 4 Wood Ducks, 4 Blue-winged Teal and 3 Wilson's Snipe. Alas the trees in which the Rusty Blackbirds normally congregate at this season are all gone -victims of the bulldozer.

Date: 14 March 2003
Location: 4 Seasons Marina / Rowe Arboretum Ham. Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Pied-billed Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers at the marina. 1 Black Vulture and a Red-tailed Hawk soaring over the arboretum in Indian Hill.

Date: 14 March 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Newport, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A nice variety of birds on a beautiful day. 1 Horned Grebe, 12 female and 4 male Ring-necked Ducks, 2 female Lesser Scaup, 20 Mallards, 4 American Coots, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, 30 Ring-billed Gulls.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Jon Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

I am a birdwatcher.

Date: Friday, March 14, 2003 - 3:55/4:35PM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Couldn't resist such a beautiful day. Drove to sloughs on AFR. 12 species of Grebes & waterfowl, not great numbers but the smaller quantity allowed for easier scoping and longer periods of checking each species.

2 Pied-billed Grebes; 5 Grn-w Teal; 1 Am Black Duck; 7 Mallard; 2 N Pintail (been years since last seen on the sloughs); 2 Blue-w Teal; 6 N Shoveler; 7 Gadwall; 6 Am Wigeon; 2 Ring-nkd Duck; 2 Scaup; 2 Bufflehead; 1 T Vulture; 1 Am Crow.

NO Canads's or Woodies! The north slough usually is home to 10-20 Wood Duck most of the year.

As I was leaving, 27 birds in "V" formation, about 500 feet high, were flying N-NE up river at about 4:30. I didn't hear any calls and they were too far for IDing with binocs - Sandhills I wonder?

Granville

Date: 3-14-03 about 3pm
Location: Rt. 52 just east of New Richmond
Reporter: YPowell
Other Birders:

Spoted what I think was a Red Tailed Hawk flying over field on north side of highway.
Photo (not a real good one) at http://www.pbase.com/image/14297722

Bald Eagle was spoted also in New Richmond on south side of highway along trees near access rode across from McDonalds at about 11am. It flew deeper into the woods before I could get a photo :(((

Date: 03/14/03
Location: W. Main Street & St.Rt.32 (by Red Barn Flea Market), Batavia OH ~9:45am
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A fairly dark Rough-legged Hawk was flying around a field at this location. Across the sky from the RL was 2 Red tails - never really got to compare the size of theese two hawks before - a big size difference.

Date: 3/13/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I guess all the puddle ducks went somewhere else to feed today. 2 PB Grebes, 4 C Geese, 15 Gadwall, 10 A Widgeon, 4 Mallard, 3 N Pintail, 6 GW Teal, 20 Canvasback, 33 Redhead, 90+ RN Ducks, 24 L Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 8 H Mergs, 5 Ruddy Ducks, and finally 2 Tree Swallows.

Date: 13 March 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Newport, Campell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

3 male Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Horned Grebe, 50 Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: 12 March 2003
Location: VOA
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

woodcock (12), short-eared owl (1), Wilson's snipe (12), N. harrier (1-female), Am. tree sparrow (7), Carolina wren (1), eastern meadowlark (50+), red-winged blackbird (xxx), killdeer (13), Am. robin (16), mallard (14), song sparrow (3), Canada goose (2), mourning dove (2), european starling (xxx).

Other notes:
1.) Snipe were located on waterlogged trails directly east of the new parking lot. All 12 were originally in one area then when flushed dispersed in pairs to different wet spots in same area, 2.) short-eared owl was first spotted coming out of the taller grassed field with a lone tree in it near the southeast ball fields, and 3.) the ponds were still frozen over except for small fringe areas along the edges.

Date: 3/12/03
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Brown merlin, not banded.

Date: March 12, 2003
Location: East side of Neville, Ohio
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders:

Two adult Bald Eagles perched near the Ohio River. Can be easily seen for Route 52, just east of Neville. There is a dead tree near the river that is almost directly behind a black barn near the road. That seems to be their favorite tree to perch in.

Date: 3/10-3/11
Location: Adams County / East Fork Lake
Reporter: Sue Cline
Other Birders: L. Lose

2 days in Adams County yielded a nice list:

Adams Lake State Park: 2 Snow Goose, many many Canada Goose, 20+ Lesser Scaup, 8 Canvassback, 20 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Hooded Merganser (3 life birds for me!)

Back roads in Adams County: 6 Meadowlark, 1 American Kestrel, 2+ Eastern Bluebirds, several Red Tailed Hawks, many Turkey Vultures, and the usual suspects (American Robins by the dozens, crows, starlings, cardinals, Carolina chickadees, White-breasted nuthatch, Junco, Titmice, American Goldfinch, Killdeer)

East Fork Lake (3/11): 30+ American Coot, 1 Horned Grebe, 5 Bufflehead, many Canada Goose, many Ring-billed Gulls

Date: 3/12/03 815-900
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Present this morning were 2 PB Grebes, 1 Horned Grebe, 1 RN GREBE, 15 C Geese, 4 Wood Ducks (first time I've seen them on the lakes down there), 25 Gadwall, 54 A Widgeon, 24 Black Ducks, 65+ Mallards, 6 N Shovelers, 3 Pintails, 12 GW Teal, 6 Canvasback, 24 Redhead, 88+ RN Ducks, 6 L Scaup, 4 Scaup sp., 8 Bufflehead, 16 Hooded Mergs, 4 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Killdeer, 40 RB Gulls, and 1 B Kingfisher.

The Horned and RN Grebe were seen together the whole time.

Date: 3/11/03, about 4:30 p.m.
Location: Lawrenceburg
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

W. Pelican found, but not at the R.350 @ R 50 water area. I drove around there for some time, spotted several Red-headed Ducks, Black Ducks, Mallards, Gulls, etc gave up and headed out. As I was driving east I spotted the Pelican in the backwater area where the water was up between R.50 and the river. To my everlasting shame I did not note the name of the strip mall where I pulled off. It was a mile or so east of R. 148. Other than that I was in too much of a hurry to do more birding. (I hate when that happens)

Date: March 11, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Lake
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

Over 400 Ring-billed gulls on the Lake waiting for the ice to melt.

Date: 11 March, 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Horned Grebe, 5 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Greater Scaup, 20 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Savannah Sparrow, 6 Song Sparrows.

Date: 11 March 2003
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

28 Ring-necked Ducks, 8 Lesser Scaup, 2 Common Goldeneye. The presence of a boat on the small lake may have flushed off some of the other birds that Granville had posted on the KY listserv earlier.

Date: 3.11.2003
Location: Glendale
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Heard Woodcock at dusk on Oak Avenue (between Oak Drive and Albion Avenue) in Glendale.

Date: 3/11/03
Location: Stonlick Twp and Lake Isabella
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: none

I went to start my truck this morning and heard this funny buzzing, first time I have been home at the appropriate time for Woodcock so it was my first of the year.

Around 4pm I stopped at Lake Isabella, No WW Scoter! nemisis bird. Present were 6 Ca Geese, 2 Mallards, 6 C Goldeneye, and 4 Bufflehead. Oh and an active GH Owl nest. 1 Adult was on the nest.

Date: 3/11/03
Location: Neville, OH
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

Two adult bald eagles are still hanging out along US 52 just east of Neville, OH. They were both seen at about 12:00 pm on 3-11. Also,on Saturday the 8th, Chris and Suzanne Clingman spotted one perched along the Kentucky shoreline across from Crooked Run Nature Preserve.

Date: 10 March 2003
Location: Gilmore Pons
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

Woodcock(8), Saw-whet owl(2), Am. Tree sparrow(5), White-throated sparrow(2), Redwing blackbird(xxx), Common grackle(xx), Great blue heron(1). Waterfowl included: Pintail(5), Wood duck(15), Mallard(xxx), Gadwall(1), Green-winged teal(5), Black duck(35), Am. Wigeon(8), Ringneck duck(1), Shovler(2), Canada goose(50). Ducks and geese were continueing to arrive well after dark.

Additionally, 3 coyotes seen on the north side of west pond.

Date: March 10, 2003
Location: Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

Walking the dog in Glenwood Gardens saw 50 robins, 4 killdeer, 1 red-tailed hawk, 2 red-bellied woodpeckers, and 1 belted kingfisher.

Date: March 10, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

The water has opened up and there were 70 ring-necked ducks, 6 redhead, 1 widgeon, 1 Bufflehead, 2 hooded-mergansers, 4 black duck, and 4 wood duck present.

Date: 10 March 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

There hasn't been much on the OH R. here recently but a pair of Greater Scaup is still holding court at the back end of the marina. Also 50 Ring-billed Gulls here and another 80 at Newport.

Date: 10 March 2003
Location: Lake Isabella / Camp Dennison, Ham. Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The imm. WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was back at Lake Isabella today along with 6 Common Goldeneye and 7 Bufflehead.

The RED-NECKED GREBE was still present at Camp Dennison. The waterbirds were more scattered and harder to view due to the shifting position of the ice. Others included 100 American Coots, 40 Ring-necked Ducks, 30 American Wigeon, 10 scaup species, 6 Northern Pintail. Also forgot to mention 4 Ruddy Ducks on yesterday's post, not seen today.

Date:
Location: back yard in Loveland
Reporter: Michael Evans
Other Birders: none

I have seen a red bellied woodpecker a few times in the past couple of days.

Date: 3/10/03
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Brown merlin in large sycamore tree by lake west of the waterfall.

Date: 9 March 2003
Location: Flooded fields at Union Station area off Mulhauser Rd.
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

Only had time to give a quick 5-minute scan but saw some beautiful birds. Sorry I don't have numbers for more than one sp. : Pintails (50+), Mallards, Black ducks, gadwall, shovlers, wood ducks, green winged teal, blue winged teal, Am. coot, Canada goose, Ring-billed gull.

Date: 3/9/2003
Location: Hueston Woods/Acton Lake
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Forgot to mention 2 Am. Woodcock calling.

Date: March 9, 2003
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

The water is just opening up along the edges. There were 250 Ring-billed gulls, 13 mallards and 3 Canada Geese along with a single hooded merganser that were starting to reoccupy the water.

Date: March 8th and 9th, 2003
Location: Brookville Reservoir
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


We visited Brookville on Saturday 3/8 and again today 3/9. Many species of waterfowl and waterbirds were seen here both days in very good numbers, but the numbers fluctuated considerably over the two days maybe indicating an on going migration or birds were just moving around this large area. Much of the lake was still frozen but large areas are open. We did not see the previously rported Greater White-fronted Geese either day. Bald Eagles were conspicuous both days. We had 3 adult Bald Eagles at one time at Dunlapsville and an immature at Fairfield on Saturday. Today we had 4 immatures of three different ages, 2 at the dam, 1 at Dulapsville, and 1 at Fairfield. That works out to at least six different eagles over the two day period. Bill Buskirk reported 2 immatures yesterday, so at least 5 individual eagle were present yesterday. We covered Dulapsville and Fairfield Causeways, the dam and the farm fields east to the Ohio border on both days. Birds we saw over the 2 days and the high number included Pied-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 3, Canada Goose 2300, Green-winged Teal 6, Am Black Duck 80, Mallard 1500, N Pintail 41, N Shoveler 1, Gadwall 6, Am Wigeon 8, Redhead 58, Ring-necked Duck 130, Lesser Scaup 75, Co Goldeneye 28, Bufflehead 15, Hooded Merganser 20, Co Merganser 81, Red-breasted Merganser 15, Black Vulture 8, Turkey Vulture 55, Bald Eagle 4 both days, Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3/8, Red-tailed Hawk 7, Am Kestrel 4, Wild Turkey 11 3/8 and 32 on 3/9, Am Coot 30, Killdeer 6, Ring-billed Gull 500+, Herring Gull 2, Horned Lark 12, Tree Swallow 1 both days, Red-winged Blackbirds 150.

Date: 3/9/2003
Location: Camp Dennison / East Fork SP / Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: Mike Busam at Gilmore

Did a whirlwind tour of several birding locales today. Almost all of the birds I saw have been previously reported by others so I'll keep this short. At Camp Dennison, in addition to the previously reported birds (including one red-necked grebe), I saw my first 3 tree swallows of the year - looking every bit as cold as I was.

Drove down to East Fork where the water is completely open but found few waterbirds. Highlight was the red-necked grebe (ho-hum) reported yesterday and well seen in the waters just east of the dam. Also present were five horned grebes, a few redheads and lesser scaup and 50 or so American coots.

Finished the day with Mike Busam at Gilmore Ponds - lots more ducks, a couple woodcock and 2 Northern saw-whet owls. No time to chase the Ross's Geese but there's always tomorrow.

Date: March 8th and 9th, 2003
Location: Hueston Woods SP
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

On Saturday March 8, about 12:30 pm, Jack and I saw a huge assemblage of what we estimated as 4000 Canada Geese. Among them were 2 ROSS'S GEESE and 1 SNOW GOOSE(white) as previously posted by Dave Russell. These geese were all resting on the ice at the north end of the lake across from the marina. 70 degree temperature's and Acton Lake was still almost entirely frozen except for a long narrow line where the creek enters the lake. Also seen were Mallard 40, N Pintail 1, N Shoveller 3, Gadwall 4, Am Wigeon 3, Redhead 4, Ring-necked Duck 2, GREATER SCAUP 1, Hooded Merganser 1, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 25, Red-tailed Hawk 4, Am Kestrel 3, SANDHILL CRANE 4, Killdeer 2, Horned Lark 30, AMERICAN PIPIT 1(at Jones Rd sod farm) and Red-winged Blackbirds. Jack was able to get decent film footage of the Ross's.
Because we missed the Red-necked Grebe yesterday and wanted to see the geese again we returned today about 11:00 am. Today with freezing temperatures the north end of the lake was now mostly open, from yesterdays warm spell, but there seemed to be less geese, maybe half of what was present on Saturday. We found the Snow Goose quickly but the 2 Ross's Geese were not readily apparent. We drove down the youth camp road and found both Ross's Geese in the company of many hundreds more Canada Geese in the section of the creek hidden by the north island. The RED-NECKED GREBE was also back there as were 14 Great Blue Herons. At one point all the geese, including the 2 Ross's, took flight and flew back to the main lake where they were easy to see again. The grebe remained in the creek channel hidden by the island. There was also less duck diversity today. We saw only Mallards, 15 Ring-necked Ducks and a Co Goldeneye. There were also several hundred Ring-billed Gulls present yesterday but not nearly as many today.

Date: 9 March 2003
Location: Camp Dennison / Lake Isabella, Ham. Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

We made a brief tour of the NE Hamilton County gravel pits in the mid afternoon. Very similar results to Ann Oliver's posting. At Camp D. - 1 RED-NECKED GREBE,2 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Horned Grebes, 80 Ring-necked Ducks, 4 Canvasbacks, 30 Redheads, 15 Northern Pintails, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Hooded Merganser, 3 Northern Shovelers, 20 Green-winged Teal, 20 American Wigeon, 30 Mallards, 20 Canada Geese, 100 American Coots, 2 Ring-billed Gulls.

At Lake Izzy - 6 Common Goldeneye, 8 Bufflehead. No sign of the scoter, but lots of fisher-people lining the lake.

Date: 3/9/2003
Location: Hueston Woods / Acton Lake
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Wayne Wauligman, Jerry Lippert & several others

Coooold evening, but worthwhile. 20 Sandhill Cranes (group of 7 flew right overhead, then 13 more came in later). The 7 landed in the creek feeding the lake (near the marina). Also, 4 male Hooded Merg., 1 Common Merg., 15+ Wood Ducks, 7+ Common Goldeneye, 10+ Ring-necked Duck, a pair of Pintails, xx Mallard, xxx C. Goose. Also a single Red-breasted Nuthatch near the feeders, and at least 30 frozen fingers and toes.

Date: 3/9/2003
Location: Rt 50 just south of Kilby Rd across from rr brigde
Reporter: Bob Crouch
Other Birders: Louise Crouch

At dusk 4 sand hill cranes in flood field area. Nice surprise.

Date: March 9, 2003
Location: Oxbow Area
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Huge numbers of waterfowl and waterbirds in the Oxbow this afternoon. The Oxbow proper is still flooded in all the low areas and access is still difficult. We did our best there, but saw many more ducks than we could identify. We also checked the Great Miami River and the pits along I-275 and the fields north of the Miller Cemetary north to Elizabethtown Rd. Our best estimate of waterfowl numbers were 5000, mostly in the Oxbow and the east of I-275 borrow pit. Ring-billed Gulls were everywhere in large numbers. Our best birds were probably SANDHILL CRANES. Birds we saw and best estimates included Great Blue Heron 2, Canada Goose 1500, Wood Duck 18 (one flock), Am Black Duck 60, Mallard 500+, Gadwall 25+, Am Wigeon 20+, Redhead 500, Ring-necked Duck 500, Lesser Scaup 1000, Bufflehead 25, Hooded Merganser 30, Common Merganser 14, Black Vulture 8, Turkey Vulture 10, Red-tailed Hawk 6, Am Kestrel 5, Peregrine Falcon 1,(at Miami Fort plant), Wild Turkey 17 (at Stateline Rd. and US 50), Am Coot 200+, SANDHILL CRANE 66 (12 in flight and 54 at 5:30 pm in the fields south of E-town Rd.), Killdeer 20, Ring-billed Gull 8000 (6000 in Oxbow and Valley, another 2000, mostly in flooded fields along US 50 west to Aurora),Herring Gull 2, Horned Lark 6, TREE SWALLOW 1, Red-winged Blackbird 75, Co Grackle 300.
We drove to Wilsons Creek in Aurora to try for the Am White Pelican previously reported, but no luck. We stopped at pier 50 along US 50 on the way back and had close looks at 200+ diving ducks there including Canvasback 5, Redhead 70, Ring-necked Duck 35, Greater Scaup 11 and Lesser Scaup 85.

Date: 3-9-03
Location: Camp Denison, Lake Isabella, Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

From 2:45-3:30 at Camp Denison: finally, after four visits in as many weeks, & I finally saw the red-necked grebe! Birds include: 1 red-necked grebe, 1 horned grebe, 4 pied-billed grebe, 10 male widgeon (& many female), 10 + gadwall, 100+ male ring-necked duck (& many female), 40+ male canvasback (& few female), 15+ green-winged teal (& many female), 15+ male redhead ,10 + male and female pintails, 8+ bufflehead (& 1-2 female), 1 male hooded merganser, 1 female ruddy, 2 male shoveler, 30+ male and female mallards, 50 + canada geese, 130 + coots, 4 bluebirds, 3 turkey vultures.
From 3:50-4:15 at Lake Isabella: 2 drake common goldeneye, 6 male bufflehead and 3 female, mallards and canada geese. Could not find the white-winged scoter. Two redtails and one turkey vulture overhead.

From 4:45-5:40 at Gilmore Ponds: could not relocate greater white-fronted goose. But observed the saw-whet. Other birds include: 2 great blue herons, 2 drake shovelers, 15 + ring-necked duck, 10+ green-winged teal, 3 gadwall, 3 widgeon, 50+ mallards, 6 pintails, 75+ canada geese. No redheads tonight.

Date: March 9, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Scott Reeves

We had decent looks at the second saw-whet owl today, so there are currently two at Gilmore. The second owl is in the lone, large cedar tree along the trail in "Woodcock Corner," approximately 25 to 30 feet off the ground. It's rather tough to see, but can be seen in brief glimpses on the east side of the tree. Also, 2 woodcock, 1 killdeer. 2 Canada goose, 4 green-winged teal, 2 black duck, 20 N. pintail, 3 wigeon, 6 ring-necked duck, 1 turkey vulture, 1 ring-billed gull. Most of the duck and goose incoming traffic seems to occur in the evening, just before dusk.

Date: 3/9/03
Location: Acton Lake, Hueston Woods SP
Reporter: Jim Michael
Other Birders: Sarah Michael

At a little after 7 a.m. today there were six sandhill cranes in the grassy area opposite the boat storage. They stayed for about 20-30 minutes after we arrived, then lined up in a row and took off for parts unknown. While there we also saw many Canada Geese plus horned grebe, 6 ring-necked duck, 5 wood duck, 1 white-throated sparrow, and ring-billed gulls.

Date: Sat., 3/08/03 3:55-4:35 PM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

With the nice groupings of birds (es-
pecially waterfowl) of yesterday, thought I'd try again today. Skies were sunny, but THAT WIND! Gusted to 45-50 MPH along river! Almost blew a
Bluebird off a power line.

Sloughs: 2 Pied-billed Grebes; 4
Canada Geese; 2 Grn-winged Teal; 8
Mallard; 6 N Shoveler; 2 Gadwall; 6
Am Wigeon; 2 L Scaup;
Along Roads; 4 T Vultures; 1 Cooper
Hawk; 2 Killdeer; 1 Belted King-
fisher; 4 E Bluebirds; 1 N Mocking-
bird; 4 RW Blackbirds; 1 E Meadow-
lark; and 4 Am Kestrels.

Date: Friday, March 7, 2003 4:30-5:00 PM
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Forgot to post my Friday visit to CEL
on my way home after the excursion to
Aurora Ferry Rd. Not a large quantity of birds, but again, diverse.
1 Pied-billed Grebe
40+ Canada Geese
2 N Shoveler
4 Am Wigeon
4 Redhead - great color in low
light
4 Scaup - too far for G or L id
1 T. Vulture
2 Gadwall
1 N Mockingbird

Date: 3/9/2003 9:00 A.M.
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits& Lake Isabella
Reporter: Bob Lacker
Other Birders:

This morning there are 2 RED-NECKED GREBES. As viewed from the bluff off of the Camp Dennison Nature trail (off Zumstein). The closest bird is in the open water nearest the bluff. It was near both horned and pied-billed grebes. The second bird was in the open water farthest from the bluff at the northern part of the pits. A scope is required to see these birds. Many other ducks are present and both black and turkey vultures are hovering just above the trees where one is viewing.

At Lake Isabella the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER has returned along with a group of common goldeneye, bufflehead, and hooded mergansers. The scoter was at the north end of the lake. A small parking lot is at this end. A park fee is required for entrance.

Many thanks to Sam Corbo for finding these birds.

Date: 3/8/2003
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

I forgot to add 1 Eastern Meadowlark to my report. It was singing in the top of a tree before it flew.

Date: 3-8-03 from 5:45-6:30 pm
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: kyle acheson, amy morrison

Despite the winds, saw-whet owl holding tight in the cedar tree by the bench/garbage can. On the open water: XXX canada geese, XXX mallards, 3 redhead, 1 pintail, 1 widgeon, 1 gadwall, 1 WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (initially spotted by A. Morrison).

Date: 3/8/03 0830- 1330
Location: Great Miami River (Hamilton, Oh); Acton Lake, Oh; Brookville Lake, Ind.
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim, Tom and Helen Kolde

Stopped at the boat ramp located south of the Columbia Bridge, west side of river- 6 horned grebes, scaup, ring-necked ducks, hooded mergansers and buffleheads. Sun made viewing difficult- no Red-necked Grebe seen. Went on to Acton Lake, viewing from boat storage area- pintail,bufflehead, American widgeon,Common Goldeneye,mallards, Black ducks and hundreds of Canadian geese, several with white, orange and green collars -pouring into the area. Four sandhill cranes were perched in the vicinity, and also observed twenty more landing further in the marshy area. No Red-necked Grebe here either. Sneaking in from the woods on the opposite side of the lake may provide more duck species.
Went next to Brookville Lake, at the Dunlapsville Causeway saw lesser scaup, horned grebe, Red-breasted, Common (2)and Hooded Mergansers. Also went to the Fairfield Causeway,saw more Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Redheads, Northern Pintails, Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads and a single immature Bald Eagle. Two Black Vultures from Klein Road.Killdeer were in evidence in many open fields.

Date: 3/8/03
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Daniel Boone

A quick stop by the Wetlands at around 4:30 P.M. provided a few good birds. The pond was halfway thawed out but didn't hold many birds, ditto for the main lake. Highlights:
2 Canada Geese, 25 Mallards, 2 Wood Ducks, 2 Green-winged Teal, 15 Killdeer, 25 Turkey Vultures, 5 Wild Turkey, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 5 American Tree Sparrows, 3 Swamp Sparrows, 30 Red-winged Blackbirds, and 40 Common Grackles.

Also was on a walk this morning at Richardson Nature Preserve, which you need permission to enter into, looking for Skunk Cabbage(a wildflower). A couple of good birds there. 1 GREAT-HORNED OWL, and 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Date: 3/8/2003
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits, Lake Isabella
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Camp Dennison was again excellent for waterbirds. I viewed from the bluff off of Camp Dennison Nature Trail. (off Zumstein) The best bird was a RED-NECKED GREBE. This evening the ice had melted around most of the northeastern and eastern parts of the largest pit. The ice had melted so that ther was a pocket of open water running along the southeastern shore. The Grebe was swimming here, usually near the ice rim, with many American Coot. It was noticeably larger than the Coots, and had a faint brownish-reddish collar on most of its lower neck. It also had a white-chin strap, and a large, light colored bill.

I saw a total of 18 waterbird species (sorry, most are estimates): XXX Mallard, 70 Canada Geese (including 2 w/ orange collars), XXX American Coot, 20 Northern Pintail, 6 American Black Duck, 2 Gadwall, 25 American Wigeon, 18 Green-winged Teal (many, many more than last week), 8 Canvasback, 15 Redhead, 2 Common Goldeneye, 16 Bufflehead, 5 Ruddy Duck, 1 Common Merganser, 10 Hooded Merganser, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Horned Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe

Also, about 10 Turkey Vultures, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, and 1 Rough-legged Hawk (hovering).

Lake Isabella was empty, except for 6 Mallards, 4 Canada Geese, and a bunch of fisherman.

Date: 3/7/2003 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: East Fork SP, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade and Hank Armstrong

Despite the seeming-Arctic conditions in the AM, we had a BIG waterbird day at the Lake! 17 species of waterfowl and 3 species of Grebes! There was one RED-NECKED GREBE that alternated between the South Swimming Beach and the Saddle Dam. One SNOW GOOSE (white phase) in the Saddle Dam area also. Fifteen SANDHILL CRANES flew over the North (Campers) Swimming Beach. One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and one FOX SPARROW on Sugartree Rd., and six AMERICAN PIPITS on Slade Rd. at the turnoff to the spillway.

With the Hairy Woodpecker that Jason and I picked up en route to home, we had a Woodpecker sweep!

Here's the trip list: Pied-billed Grebe 3, Horned Grebe 12, Red-necked Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 9, Turkey Vulture 10, Snow Goose 2, Canada Goose 600, Wood Duck 10, Gadwall 15, American Wigeon 1, American Black Duck 80, Mallard 1,300, Northern Pintail 35, Redhead 6, Ring-necked Duck 1, Greater Scaup 4, Lesser Scaup 10, Bufflehead 3, Common Goldeneye 20, Hooded Merganser 40, Common Merganser 4, Red-breasted Merganser 20, Red-shouldered Hawk 4, Sandhill Crane 15, Killdeer 45, Ring-billed Gull 120, Herring Gull 8, Rock Dove 8, Mourning Dove 12, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 4, Northern Flicker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Blue Jay 70, American Crow 40, Horned Lark 6, Carolina Chickadee 45, Tufted Titmouse 18, White-breasted Nuthatch 5, Carolina Wren 4, American Robin 150, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 1,500, American Pipit 6, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Eastern Towhee 10, American Tree Sparrow 3, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 65, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 20, Dark-eyed Junco 45, Northern Cardinal 75, Red-winged Blackbird 600, Common Grackle 150, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 35, House Sparrow 10.

Date: March 8, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Possibly a second saw-whet owl. I posted the details on the message board...

Date: 03/07/03
Location: Saylor Park Marina
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders:

Friday morning spotted a Bonaparte's gull flying to the marina across River Road.

Date: March 8, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Riverside, Aurora Ferry Road
Reporter: Kathy Caminiti
Other Birders: Roly Lloyd (birder from Australia)

We found the Saw-whet Owl at Gilmore Ponds around 10:00 a.m. this morning in the same cedar tree as previously reported! Wonderful Bird!
Highlights on the West Pond were Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, and Redhead.

At Riverside at the Great Miami River, we did not find the Red-necked Grebe, but highlights were several Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, 1 female Red-breasted Merganser, and at least 3 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Many Thanks to Mike Busam for directions to these places!

Stopped at Aurora Ferry Road in Petersburg Ky. on the way home and did see 3 male Northern Shovelers, 1 pair of Green-winged Teal, and 1 pair of American Wigeon.

Great morning to be out and about!
Good Birding,
Kathy Caminiti
Burlington, Ky.

Date: March 7, 2003
Location: Acton Lake (Hueston Woods SP) and Brookville Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Russell

Fantastic number of waterfowl were present at a small amount of open water at both Acton and Brookville Lakes. Highlights included among the thousands of Canada Geese and 14 duck species were 2 ROSS'S GEESE at Acton, a white-phase SNOW GOOSE at Acton, a RED_NECKED GREBE at Acton, and four G WHITE_FRONTED GEESE at Brookville. The only open water at Acton Lake is at the north end by the stream inflows, concentrating the ducks and geese, as well as up to 23 Sandhill Cranes. Brookville Lake is largely frozen except near the inflow at the north end (Dunlapsville bridge) and a large patch north of the dam. Among the thousands of ducks and geese at Dunlapsville were four G White-fronted Geese. The geese seemed to be staying in the middle of the water--not among the thousands of geese along the edges.

Date: March 7, 2003
Location: L. Miami floodplain south of Fairfax
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

Greater yellowlegs and 14 species of waterfowl, including common merganser. The merganser is the 205th species recorded in the vicinity of Little Miami Inc.'s Horseshoe Bend Preserve, the site for a planned, unneeded new highway bridge over the river connecting Red Bank Road in Fairfax to Route 32 near Newtown.

Date: 3/7/2003
Location: Lake Isabella (Hamilton County Parks)
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

The southern half of the lake is ice free. Not many birds, but the quality was excellent! I scoped (a scope is helpful, but not necessary) from the parking lot north of the boathouse. 7 Mallards, 2 Canada Geese, 6 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Bufflehead, and 1 American Coot were seen with:

1 Horned Grebe. The bird swam from behind the boathouse (from the south) and actively dove in front of me. I think it was investigating me, and swam pretty close.

6 Common Goldeneye (5M, 1F). These birds were swimming and diving along the northern ice lip, across the lake from the parking lot.

1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. This bird originally was swimming with the Goldeneye. It then swam closer to the parking lot, though always stayed along the ice rim. I am pretty sure the bird is an adult female. The bird was brown, and about the same size to slightly larger than the Goldeneye. The bill was large, and at the base was a paler patch of brown. When the sun hit the head right, I could also see a paler patch on the side of the head. The white wing patch was usually slightly visible, and the bird flapped a few times, exposing it.

The lighting when I was there (5:00 - 5:30) was excellent for the birds along the ice rim.

Lake Isabella is just off of 275 on Loveland-Madiera Road. It is about a 5-10 minute drive from Camp Dennison Gravel Pits.

Date: March 7, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds & Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie & Nancy Saunders, Jeff Brown, Diana Shuler, Rose Schaffer

Charlie Saunders saw a red-necked grebe along the Great Miami River in Hamilton this evening. The grebe was above the low dam south of the Columbia Bridge. There's a parking access along Neilan Boulevard at this low dam, and from there you can walk up or down the river.

This evening at Gilmore, there were approximately 10 woodcock. West Pond is mostly open, and there were a lot of ducks dropping in around dusk.

Date: Friday, Mar. 7, '03 2:35-4:00 PM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Undaunted by bird ID error on 3/3/03, decided to try my skills (?) on the sloughs of AFR in Petersburg. Weather was fine - sunny, about 42 deg, little wind. Sloughs were absent of the usual summer vegatation that covers the surface. Ice was not present and this provided stopping off point for several species of birds - not in large quantities, but diverse:
1 pied-billed grebe, 1 gr blue
heron, 6+ canada geese, 8+ mallard,
10 n shoveler, 5 gadwall, 6 am
wigeon, 5 g scaup, 6 l scaup, 1m &
1f bufflehead, 3 t vultures, 1
cooper's hawk, 6+ killdeer, 1 n
mockingbird, 1 red-wing blackbird
in a flock of xxx's of mixed black-
birds and 1 rusty blackbird.

On way home over Rt 20 & 18, saw 2 belted kingfishers side by side on wire
near gravel pit, plus 4 turkey vultures.

Date: March 07, 2003
Location: Lebanon, Ohio.......Peregrine Falcon...
Reporter: CharlieFowee
Other Birders:

Hi ..the Peregrine Falcon was on the watertanks all day early then was gone around noon ..But he seems to be hanging around...see my 03-03-03 post for info.....

Date: 3.7.03
Location: Burnet Woods pond - 8:30 a.m.
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

male and female Green-winged Teal amidst the usuals.

two male Ring-Necked Ducks yesterday morning.

Date: 03/06/03
Location: Gilmore, Riverside, Loveland
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders:

Saw the Saw-whet at Gilmore, on same branch as last two days.
Not much at Riverside - the river was moving quite fast. One blue heron, some ring-billed gulls (and some muskrats.)
In Miami Twp. near Loveland (around the corner from my house) I saw a first year red-shouldered hawk, with a full crop. (This according to a true birder friend!) Photo: http://home.fuse.net/pets/littlehawk.jpg
In general I photograph anything of interest, so email me if you think I've seen something I shouldn't have!

Date: 3/6/03
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Pair of Hooded Mergansers on main lake

Date: Today, 3/6/03
Location: See my post of 3/03/03
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Yesterday Steve Pelikan sent me an email asking for documentation of my "Chimney Swift" sighting mentioned in my post of the 3rd. Well I went back to my post and upon examination, make the following corrections:

In the first paragraph the line ".. saw first Tree Swallow of year", is incorrect. It should have read "first Chimney Swift of year". Thats why I questioned its early arrival.

The second paragraph should have read "first Tree Swallow" of year. The pond where swallows visit is behind my home and not on Rt 42 in Florence.

Since Steve called my attenton to the fact that this report of mine was 3-4 weeks earlier by far than any found around Cincinnati, I mentally reviewed my observation. I was driving when I saw the "Chimney Swift" and the bird in question was some 75 feet away, and the light was diminishing. My observation was only brief seconds long, and I relied upon my instinct of shape, flight pattern, color, wing shape, etc., in those brief seconds. I should have know better - for one thing, with the lakes, ponds frozen where were the insects coming from.

A long story but I needed to show that any one of us can make quick judgements, falling back on familiarity, rather than known facts. Thanks Steve and I hope to become a better, more accurate and reliable reporter of sightings in the future.

Granville

Date: Mar.6,2003
Location: Miami River at Shawnee Lookout and Oxbow
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

On the river at Shawnee 20 Ring-Necked Duck,10 Common Mergansers and a few mallards. Left park and went to the Oxbow. Lots of water,lots of birds and lots and lots of mud. Had trouble getting around so I can only give estimates of numbers. Mute Swan 1,Canada Geese xxx,Mallard xx,Ring-Necked Ducks xxx,Lesser Scaups xx,N.Pintail xx,Redhead xx,canvasback x,Gadwall xx,Wood Duck 3,N.Shoveler 1,A.Coot 1,Horned Grebe 1 and Ringed-Billed Gulls xxx. Also 6 Yellow-Rumped Warblers.

Date: Monday, March 3, '03 4:35 PM
Location: Rt 42 near Mall Rd, Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

While driving to the Mall, saw first Tree Swallow of year. I don't know the records for the time of their annual arrival, but this seems early to me.

P.S. Also saw first Chimney Swift of year about 5:45 PM at home today.

Date: 03/05/03
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders:

Saw-whet owl in usual place (cedar tree), wide awake for a change. Photo at:
http://home.fuse.net/pets/sawwhet4.jpg

Date: March 05, 2003
Location: Hi just correcting my email address to below post
Reporter: CharlieFowee
Other Birders:

thanks this is the right one charliefowee@hotmail.com..............

ref:peregrine falcon...ohio photos

Date: 03/05/2003 3pm
Location: Middletown
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

A Brown Creeper landed on the tree favored by brown creepers, climbed to near the top and flew off in a northerly direction.

Date: March 05, 2003
Location: Lebanon, Ohio.......Peregrine Falcon...
Reporter: CharlieFowee
Other Birders:

Hi all I posted a sighting of a Peregrine Falcon a couple days ago..I got some photots..If you like to see them email mail me and I will send them to you..I have him in flight catching prey and perching from that water tower I mentioned in my 03-03-03 post.. so mail away and I will send you them..Remember I was not a bird watcher but soon may be as it seems fun..PS.nor am I a good phohtgraper..Let me know if this is a young/male/female???ok thanks alll..Charlie

Date: 03/05/03
Location: River Road
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders:

12 Sandhill Cranes flying West, following the Ohio River in Saylor Park around 8:00 AM.

Date: 3/5/03
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Burlington, KY
Reporter: Ed Groneman
Other Birders: none

Quick stop at lunch revealed: 5 Redhead, 2 Common Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall,
6 Ring-necked Duck, 4 Lesser Scaup, 43 Mallard, 8 Canada Geese, 1 Amer. Coot, 1 Killdeer

Date: 3/4/03
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

Two woodcocks were calling and performing their courting ritual. They were first heard over the weekend. They can easily be seen from the observation deck overlooking the meadow.

Date: March 4, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jeff Brown, Rose Schaffer

8 woodcock were calling and displaying in West Pond. Jeff saw the saw-whet owl in the cedar tree around 5:30 p.m. or so, but when Rose and I looked at 6:30, it was a little on the dark side and we missed the bird. Also, 1000+ red-winged blackbirds, xxx grackles, 100+ Canada geese, 100+ mallards.

Date: 4 March 2003
Location: A.J. Jolly Park, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Lake mainly frozen, with a large opening in the middle. 1 Red-headed Woodpecker at the golf course, sitting very still and nibbling at a spot on a maple branch dripping with sap (similar to what is described by Lawrence Kilham in his Woodpeckers of Eastern North America). Also 3 Wood Ducks, 500 Canada Geese, 2 Black Vultures and 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Date: 3/4/03
Location: East Fork State Park, Bantam side
Reporter: Don Koller
Other Birders:

At least 5 singing/displaying woodcocks, at dusk, near the Willow Grove Memorial.

Date: 3/4/03 ~6:30pm
Location: yard, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

I saw my first (1) American Woodcock of the season tonight. After not hearing any peenting or other sounds from a woodcock (with this warmer weather and the thawed ground, there had to be a woodcock around I thought), I tried something for the first time this evening. I played a CD of an American Woodcock peenting and the aerial display sounds. Within no time I heard a peent right beside the house in the weeds. The woodcock took flight and dive bombed me (did not hit me). The bird then flew away and came back and landed right in front of me on the front lawn, peenting louder than I have ever heard one peent. The bird flew around me for about 5 minutes relocating itself each time and peenting. The bird continued peenting after I stopped the CD, but never did perform the aerial display.

Date: 3/4/03
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

One immature Bald Eagle soaring very high above Crooked Run. 2 Adult Eagles were seen between Meldahl Dam and Neville OH on 3/3.

Date: 3/3/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Lots of birds, well until 430 that is. While I was expecting birds to start piling in at this time, most decided to leave, except the C Geese. Present at 345 were 2 PB Grebes, 250+ C Geese (4 orange collars), 4 Gadwall, 4 A Widgeon, 50 Black Ducks, 340+ Mallards, 3 N Shovelers, 17+ N Pintails, 12 Canvasback, 11 Redhead, 8 RN Ducks, 3 L Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. Where did the GW Teal, G Scaup, Hooded and Common mergs go? That would have made 17 species of waterfowl. Gettin closer to that 20 mark.

Date: March 3, 2003
Location: L. Miami R. and Floodplain N. of Beechmont
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

Several duck species, flocks of redwings and grackles, about 50 killdeer, a snipe, and a greater yellowlegs.

Date: 3 March 2003
Location: Meldahl Dam, Bracken Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The duck migration is at full swing at Meldah Dam. 1 female SURF SCOTER, 120 Canvasbacks, 250 Redheads, 80 Greater Scaup, 40 Lesser Scaup, 50 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Hooded Merganser, 1 Green-winged Teal, 6 Black Ducks, 8 Northern Pintails, 130 Mallards, 12 Wood Ducks, 80 Canada Geese, 3 Feral Domestic Geese, 250 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 4 Great Blue Herons, 2 Wild Turkeys, 1 Cooper's Hawk. Most of the ducks were at the mouth of and the backwater of Snag Creek, just upriver from the dam.

Date: 03/02/03
Location: Backyard Feeding Station - Mason, KY
Reporter: Marshall Iseral
Other Birders:

My backyard feeders were unusually busy over the weekend. I noticed my first Common Grackles(3) and Red-winged Blackbirds (2) at the feeders. Later in the evening I heard 3 American Woodcock calling on the surrounding hillsides (that was before the snow started to fall - again).

Date: March 03, 2003
Location: Warren County...Lebanon.. Ohio
Reporter: Charles Fowee
Other Birders: Peregrine Falcon (1)

Hi..I work at the state prison in Lebanon Ohio and for the last 3 weeks I have spotted a Peregrine Falcon using our High Water tanks as his perch to swoop down and retrive birds from the air..I,m not a bird watcher but he caused me to look into looking up his history and photos on the net..He grab a bird and then drop him and as he was returning to get him I saw him from my guard tower from about 10 feet..He was marked the black Peregrine Falcon colors and seems to perch at nite on our Highmast(100FT) lights as I spot him there almost every morning..then at sunrise begins his diving and folding his wings from high up to crash every bird from pigeons to turtle doves..I dont know male from felmale but he matches the female in size as the net says she is bigger and the photos match her. I,m in Fairfield Ohio. my# 513-868-0461 if you would like any info..I watched him/her all day today March 03, 2003..I contacted our district and told them of my sighting here in ohio, and he may be a falcon released from Cincinnati.ohio...P.S. SINCE HE NOW HAS MY INTEREST I HAVE SPOTTED EVERY OTHER HAWK FROM COOPER/REDTAIL/KRESTAL(falcon) all day long trying to spot him first>lol

Date: Mar.3,2003
Location: Shawnee Lookout area
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Water that was still left in fields this morning was froze so ducks and geese were in river and graval pit lake. Graval pit lake near lost bridge had Ring-billed Gulls,Canada Geese and 15 Red-breasted Mergansers. Seen on Miami River in park 27 Common Mergansers,8 Mallards,2 Ring-necked Ducks and 2 Blue-winged Teal.

Date: March 2, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

From German Village South to Riverside Natural Area: 7 pied-billed grebe, 5 horned grebe, 2 great blue heron, 100+ Canada geese, 200 mallard, 2 northern shovelers, 13 gadwall, 2 redheads, 12 greater scaup, 23 lesser scaup, 2 common goldeneye, 17 bufflehead, 1 female common merganser, 1 Cooper's hawk, 3 red-tailed hawks, 1 kestrel, 3 coot, 3+ killdeer, 150 ring-billed gulls, 1 herring gull, 100 rock doves, 2 kingfisher, 1 rb woodpecker, 200+ robins, 4+ pipits, 100 starlings, 1 song sparrow, 20 grackles.

The long-tailed duck north of High Sreet seems to have departed. A couple other birders have said they missed it as well, recently.

Date: 3/2/03
Location: Ohio River, Rt 8, KY and Rt 52, Ohio
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Inlet east of Meldahl Dam: Canvasbacks,Ring-necks, Redheads, Hooded Mergs, Buffleheads, Greater Scaup. Across from Chilo Lock: 2 immature bald eagles performing talon locks. Campground in Ripley: Redbreasted and hooded mergs, Ringnecks,Buffleheads, Horned Grebes. West of Chilo lock on the river side of the road: 1 Greater White-fronted Goose mixed with Canadas and domestics.

Date: 3/2/2003 ~3:00pm
Location: OH River, Ohio St., New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Male White-winged Scoter (Life bird, only scoter on LL) floating down the river with the fast current. It flapped its wings once, but did not fly.
It was in front of the half sunken Steamboat Marina.

Date: 3.2.2003
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits, Lake Isabella
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Numbers were way down with most species. No Greater white-fronted Geese, but the Canada Geese had yet to come in for the night as they had done on Saturday. There was a single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK hovering over the southeast shore of the pits. It held perfectly still, and was easy to view through the scope.

As I said earlier, fewer waterbirds than last night. 2 Columbus birders were there when I arrived and said that a group had walked across the dikes scarring away many ducks, including a good number of Redheads. However, several small groups flew back in, Including the only Redheads, Canvasback, and Pintail that I saw.

30 Canada Geese, 40 Mallard (including one Mallard x Black Duck Hybrid), 10 Black Duck, 10 Gadwall, 4 Northern Shoveler, only 2 Pintail (yesterday there were at least 20 or 30), 8 Canvasback, 6 Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, a few Lesser Scaup, 11 Bufflehead, 3 Ruddy Duck, 6 Hooded Mergs, 1 Pied-billed Grebe. The Coot were again very numerous, I would guess 150-200.


Lake Isabella was about half clear of ice. It held 1 Coot and 4 Bufflehead, along with a Great Blue Heron.

Date: 3/2/2003 ~10:30am
Location: East Fork S.P. OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

~40 Sandhill Cranes flew in from the south, circled, and flew to the northeast. I was at the boat ramp off of Slade Rd. I thought they might have landed, but I could not relocate the birds. To the right of the Boat Ramp (Slade Rd., Saddle Dam) there was an open area of water with an ice edge which held 2 American Widgeon, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, Mallards, 1 Canada Goose and about 5 Ring-billed Gulls (no Herrings). Other than that, pretty quiet.

I could not get down to the South Beach, as the road is still impassible. I did not see any WATER BIRDS or rafts of waterfowl on the main open water. There was a Red-shouldered Hawk at the Bantam entrance.

Date: 3/2/03 10:00am
Location: Neville
Reporter: Andrea Scheidler
Other Birders:

2 Adult Bald Eagles seen active on both sides of SR 52. A resident there told me he had seen a third one with them on occasion.

Date: 1 March 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

At Taylor Park 3 male and 1 female Ring-necked Ducks in the AM. One handsome male Northern Pintail made a brief appearance a little later in the PM flying up in a wide enough circle to count for both Cincinnati and Covington (trying to build up an Ohio list for the downtown riverfront is quite tricky as I think virtually all of the river is in KY). Also 170 Ring-billed Gulls. Yesterday there was an immature Cooper's Hawk at Taylor Park engaged in a rather involved game of "tag" with several American Crows. The hawk would dive at a crow as soon as it would leave its perch, but made no attempt to actually make contact. When the hawk left its perch the crows gave chase but the hawk quickly turned the tables and began diving at them again. This was repeated several dozen times within a half period.

Today at the Watertown Yacht Club, 250 Ring-billed Gulls were showing signs of "spring fever" - very vocal with the loudest birds aggressively defending their turf on the crowded mud-covered point of the inlet. Also 1 Greater Scaup at the back end of the marina and 1 Great Blue Heron perched atop a tree.

Date: 3.1.2003
Location: Cam Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

A mixed flock of vultures flew along 126 at the pits around 3:45. Most were Black Vultures, probably about 75 of the 100 or so birds. The rest were Turkey Vultures.

In the pits there were 16 species of waterfowl. Around 4:30, The Canada Geese came in by the flock. A group of 5 Greater White-fronted Geese also flew in, landing on the ice. The eventually entered the water about 5:00.

Species seen:
Canada Goose, Mallard, many Pintail, American Black Duck, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, a single Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, American Coot, and 5 Greater White-fronted Geese

Date: 3-1-03
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve (Clermont Cty)
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

One immature bald eagle perched in tree overlooking Ohio River. Also, 1 red-winged blackbird, 1st of the year for me.

Date: 2/27/03
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

Missed the turkeys but spotted the Bald Eagle (imm.) eating lunch on a branch that hung over the water on the East side of the lake opposite the beach. Other species on the lake were Pied & Horned Grebes, C. Geese 40+, Mallards 150+ hiding out in the cove east of the North boat ramp along with 40+ Black Ducks. Also seen were Redhead Ducks 134, Ring-necked Duck, Greater & Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers. A very accommodating Brown Thrasher feeding on the hillside was the first this year for me. There were 4 Herring Gulls, (2 adult, one 1st year and one 3 year birds) sitting on the ice east of the beach. A word of caution: if you intend to go to the swimming beach area the road is steep and very slick with ice and snow. 4 wheel drive is a must!

Date: 27 February 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The celebrity SAW-WHET OWL, very well hidden in the foilage of the red cedar closest to the park bench (facing the bench.

Date: 27 February 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The Ohio River is rapidly receding, but still up on parts of the road. Not nearly as much action as yesterday just 5 Greater Scaup, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 50 Ring-billed Gulls. I hope the newly created mudflats might attract a few early shorebirds (if the river doesn't rise again soon).

Date: 2/26&27/2003
Location: Burnet Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Rapid turnover of waterfowl at this small pond, or rather, the small open area of the small pond! On 2/26, the Ring-necked Duck that Bill Hull mentioned (in an earlier posting) was still present, but the Canvasback was gone. In its stead were a pair of Green-winged Teal. Today, none of the aforementioned were present, so it's back to the Mallards, two American Wigeon, a Black Duck, and several domestic fowl. As for tomorrow...who knows?

Date: 2/28/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Where are the 100's of Redheads I was expecting? I guess the open water at CD looks like a puddle compared to that of the Oxbow. Few birds, very good diversity though. 1 PB Grebe, 2 Ca Geese, 2 Gadwall, 1 A Widgeon, 2 Black Ducks, 4 Mallards, 1 GW Teal, 2 Canvasback, 1 Redhead, 20 Ring-necked, 2 G Scaup, 4 L Scaup. 4 Bufflehead, 3 Hooded Mergs, 1m Common Merg, 75 Coots, 7 RB Gulls and GC Kinglet. Good diversity for a little over 100 birds.

Date: February 27 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds, East Fork Lake
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders:

At Gilmore, our pal the Saw Whet is holed up in his cedar tree. I've gone several days in a row to get a good photo ... so far I have some nice shots of his eyes.
At East Fork, just as soon as you turn off Rt. 222 toward the dam, on the right side is a field that had 34 wild turkeys feeding. I photographed them ... on shot is visible at http://home.fuse.net/pets/wildt.jpg

Date: 26 Feb 2003
Location: College Hill Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

I have lived at the same address in College Hill for 10 years so I do not add a lot of birds to my "yard list" anymore. But this week was a good one. On 24 February I had a Northern Harrier fly over the house and on 26 February a "brown" Merlin made a pass at the bird feeder bit did not catch anything.

Date: 02/27/03
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Just after posting the Titmice sighting below, I looked out the window again and saw my first White-breasted Nuthatch of the season at my suet cake feeder.
Are the birds finally coming out of the woods? Is spring dispersal going on where birds are finding the need to wander more to find nesting sites and happen to find a feeder in the process?

Date: 02/27/03
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

For only the fourth time this season I looked out the back window and saw 2 Tufted Titmice this season. I have had 2 Carolina Chickadees all season on a regular basis, and less regularly 2 or more Blue Jays and one American Crow but the titmice have been very sporadic in their appearances at my feeders. Either that or I haven't been looking out the window at the right time. However, I'm always looking out my window and never see the titmice except on such rare occasions as today. Where have they disappeared to and why don't they stick around when they do appear?

Also my American Goldfinches have been showing molt since about the beginning of February, and I have some males with black caps and yellow chins and breasts already.
My male Red-bellied Woodpecker was giving contact calls "churrrr" for the first time this morning and has been a daily visitor at my feeders (likes striped sunflower and cracked corn). These calls hopefully will attract a female to the yard. My next door neighbor has a few dead trees in his backyard which hosted a flicker nest last year before the pair was ousted from the nest by starlings.

Date: 2-27
Location: Felicity, OH
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

One Sandhill Crane in cornfield along SR 133/222 just south of Felicity at 9:45am. I could not find the other 5 that were seen on 2-25.

Date: Wed. Feb.26,2003 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

With the Ohio River cresting at 53 ft. in late February, it's time to hit the Oxbow. Looking from 275, Lost Bridge, and the gravel overlook near Shawnee Lookout, I came up with a pretty good duck count, but the vast majority of them were divers. Also there were 800+/- gulls circling the area, but I could only find 1 imm. Herring to break the monotony of the mass of Ringers. Highlights included 15 Grt.Blue Heron,250 Can. Goose, 4 Snow Geese (2 White,2 Blue),maybe 20 Mallards, 2 Blacks,1 Pintail, 4 Gadwall, 1 Woodie, 225 L.Scaup,6 Gr.Scaup, 250 Ringnecks, 200 Redheads,25 Canvasbacks, 4 Bufflehead, 40 C.Goldeneye, 23 C.Mergs,6 RB Mergs,7 Hooded Mergs, 6 Coots, 800 RBGulls, 1 Herring Gull, 9 Redtail Hawks, 4 Kestrels, 7 Turkeys, and a flock of 75+/- Redwing Blackbirds. I would think that accessing some of the shallower flooded fields would yield more puddle ducks, but I didn't have time or means to do that. I had 17 sp. of waterfowl in 1+1/2 hrs without a swan, teal, shoveler,widgeon, ruddy,or anything rare, so with a bit of time and effort, now is the time to have a 20 waterfowl species day at the Oxbow.

Date: 26 February 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton make that Campbell Co., KY!
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Correction for earlier post - make that Campbell Co., KY not OH. I think the new regional alignments for North American Birds must have gotten me off track - or was that OH for Ohio River in Kentucky? Notice to Tristate birders we are now in three separate regions all within eyeshot of the Shawnee Lookout Overlook!

Date: 26 February 2003
Location: East Fork SP, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Birds seen on quick stops along the Saddle Dam Road (most near the boat ramp); 4 Horned Grebes, 40 Red-breasted Mergansers, 60 Redheads, 20 Lesser Scaup, 20 Greater Scaup, 6 Hooded Mergansers, 12 Common Goldeneye, 600 Canada Geese, 200 Mallards, 20 Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: 26 February 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton Campbell Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

7 Redheads on Licking at Taylor Park in Newport.

Water is now up all along the levee at the Watertown Yacht Club and points west. Today there was 1 male Common Merganser, 4 Greater Scaup, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 male Northern Pintail, 20 Mallards, 40 Canada Geese, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 130 Ring-billed Gulls. A good view can be had by taking KY 8 through Dayton, going left on Main St, parking at the intersection of Main and Second and walking up the steps to the top of the Levee.

Date: 2/25/03
Location: Felicity, Ohio
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders:

6 Sandhill Cranes were in field just south of Felicity on 133/222 at 6:00 PM.

Date: 2/25/2003
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

A Ring-necked Duck and a Canvasback were mixed in with the usual suspects.

Date: 2-25
Location: Chilo, OH
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

Northern Harrier was seen in a field near the intersection of US52 and SR222 in Chilo (about 15 miles upriver from New Richmond)

Date: 25 February 2003
Location: Dayton/Cold Sping Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Water up against levee at Yacht Club. Seen from atop levee - 4 Redheads, 2 Greater Scaup, 12 Mallards, 30 Canada Geese, 80 Ringbilled Gulls. Also forgot to mention 3 Gadwall on Licking at Taylor Park (Newport) yesterday.

The Exquisite male Mandarin Duck is still present at the Cold Spring Roadhouse. Almost continuously calling with a squeeky whistle, similar to a male Wood Duck's call. It was up on shore quite a bit, definitely not banded. I wonder why I have yet to see a band on any escaped exotic that I have come across. Are collectors that sloppy, or could these all be second generation escapes? I see that Mandarins are feral in California. The ducks at the roadhouse are now confined to a tiny circle of open water.

Date: 2/25/03 4:45pm
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Andrea Scheidler
Other Birders: daughters

1 Immature Bald Eagle

Date: 2/25/03
Location: several
Reporter: Mark Wessel
Other Birders:

The last two days I have seen a Red-shouldered Hawk at the edge of a field on Mott Rd. Pierce Twsp.
Also in that same field were 6 Meadowlarks hanging out together.
A flock of Black vultures were feeding on the east side of the Zimmer Power plant along US52. Just east of Moscow was a Northern Harrier working a field. I missed the Bald Eagle at Meldahl .
One female Purple Finch on a feeder at Nine mile and Old 52.
Two fox sparrows at my brothers feeder on Frank Willis Memorial rd. New Richmond.
And last but not least , a small flock of Tree Sparrows Has been visiting my feeder the last two days. The first of the year.
One interesting thing. A flock of 30 robins were feeding on top of the ice of in an open field that is flooded with the Ohio river backwater.

Date: 2/25/03
Location: Neville
Reporter: Andrea Scheidler
Other Birders:

1 Adult Bald Eagle perched on the river side along St Rt 52 just east of Neville. Also, today at my feeders in southern Clermont Co. I had 3 Rusty Blackbirds, 4 Fox Sparrows, & one Eastern Meadowlark.

Date: 2/25
Location: Felicity, OH
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

6 Sandhill Cranes on S.R. 133/222 just south of the village of Felicity were in a cornfield about 30 yards from the road.

Date: 2-24/ 5:00pm
Location: Chilo, OH/Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

1 Red- Shouldered Hawk along US52 near entrance to Chilo Lock #34 Park. 2 Bald Eagles (1 adult, 1 immature) at Meldahl Dam. The eagles were on the downriver side of the dam near the flooded creek perched in a tree, then took off and did a few laps over the river.

Date: 24 February 2003
Location: Dayton/Cold Spring Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Water up on road at Yacht Club - 2 Lesser Scaup, 40 Canada Geese, 10 Mallards, 90 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 American Tree Sparrow, 1 Savannah Sparrow.

At the restaurant pond at Buning Dr. and US 27 in Cold Spring - Another unofficial bird, a beautiful male Mandarin Duck. Besides an occasional pintail, teal or wood duck this pond has had quite a few exotics, including both a Ringed Teal and an Egyptian Goose several years ago. The Ringed Teal showed up at teal season, looking at the map it may have been possible that it had followed some wintering Blue-winged Teal out of South American (with birds anything's possible)- but I digress.

Date: Feb. 24 3:00
Location: I 275 and I 75 Northern Ky.
Reporter: Jim and Joan Clapp
Other Birders:

20-30 Sandhill Cranes flying South over I275 near I 75...

Date: Feb. 22, 2003
Location: Little Miami floodplain n. of Beechmont
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

Harbingers of Spring: 2 wood ducks and a couple of hundred grackles. Also 2 harriers, couple of hundred geese, hooded merganser, 10 ring-necked ducks, 6 black ducks, 24 deer, 1 vole, 1 coyote, and five species of sparrow: tree, song, swamp, white-crowned, white-throated.

Date: 2-22-03
Location: Huffman Dam, Dayton, OH
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders: various others

Large open area of water where Mad River flows into the resevoir area. Common Mergansers (4), Hooded Mergansers (12+), Lesser Scaup (10), Redhead (15), Mallards (50+), Gadwall (5), female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (2-one was not showing white wing patch-Sibley's guide), Canada Goose (10), Mute Swan (1), Am. Coot (5), Ring-necked Duck (2), Bufflehead (2), Common Goldeneye (2 females). Second entrance to park near canoe boat launch. Very easy access and viewing area.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 23
Location: Rte. 128 in Ross
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders:

A large flock of Horned Larks with at least two Lapland Longspurs continues to feed in the cornfields near Renck's Nursury on Route 128 in Ross

Date: 2/23/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Susie Edwards
Other Birders:

Two Bald Eagles were spotted this morning across from the Boathouse.

Date: February 22, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Great Miami River Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

The saw-whet owl was still at Gilmore Ponds, but in the cedar tree. It was actually right on the edge of the trail, but almost impossible to see. The long-tailed duck Sam Fitton mentioned below was still swimming around between the High Street Bridge and the old Champion Paper Mill. Also along the river Saturday just north of High Street and south to the low dam on Neilan Blvd: 4 pied-billed grebe, 1 horned grebe, 5 great blue heron, 25+ Canada geese, 50+ mallards, 9 redhead (6 male, 3 female), 3 greater scaup (1 male, 2 female), 11 scaup that were too far away to ID and which we were too short of time to check out, 6 bufflehead (2 male, 4 female) 1 coot, 1 killdeer, 3 ring-billed gull.

Date: 22 Feb 2003
Location: Brookville Reservoir
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At the pioneer cemetery, northeast of the Fairfield Causeway was a Merlin. It was not an adult male. Otherwise the same species were seen as reported through the winter.

Date: 20 Feb 2003
Location: Hamilton, Great Miami River
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

The female Long-tailed Duck was still present just upstream of the High Street Bridge.

Date: 22 February 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Could not relocate the yellowlegs, but there were 10 Killdeer, 90 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 3 Savannah Sparrows and 2 Red-tailed Hawks. Forgot to mention 1 Cooper's Hawk fanning it's tail out to dry on the posting for the 21st.

Date: 21 February 2003
Location: Meldahl Dam (just passing on Walter's info)
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Walter Herzog

Those interested in seeing a MALE LONG-TAILED DUCK may want to check Walter Herzog's posting on the message board.

Date: 21 February 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Lesser Yellowlegs with 6 Killdeer on the parking area turned mudflat as the river receded a bit. This is just one day shy of the early spring date for KY - as found in the new Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Kentucky by Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr.(see my posting on the message board). Also 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 80 Ring-billed Gulls and 1 Savannah Sparrow (spring has sprung despite the upcoming snow).

Date: 02/17 and 02/20/03
Location: Western Hills Viaduct (Crow numbers)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

After reporting crows only in the triple digits near the end of January, it appears that they have now increased.
I estimate the crows along the Western Hills viaduct (and along I-75 just south of the viaduct) to be at least 10,000. There may be more (it is difficult to count or estimate birds while driving).

Date: 02/21/03
Location: Western Hills Viaduct and Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Western Hills viaduct [WHV] (~ 9:20 AM and 11:10 AM) - The adult female Cooper's Hawk continues to frequent the light posts and high tension towers along the upper deck of the WHV. She was still sitting in the same spot on the way home as she was nearly two hours prior at the top of the high tension tower just south of the viaduct.
This has been her wintering post while perch hunting.

Spring Grove Cemetery (10:10 AM - 11 AM) - Canada Goose 30, Great Horned Owl 1, Mourning Dove 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 8, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 4, American Robin 1, Northern Cardinal 8, White-throated Sparrow 2, Dark-eyed Junco 10, House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 4.

Date: 2/22/03
Location: Great Miami River, Larwencburg Rd.
Reporter: Jef Rowe
Other Birders:

Two Mute Swans swimming up river around 9:30 A.M. Also, in a cornfield about 1/2 mile North/East on Miamiview Rd., there is a flock of Turkey (15 - 20) that can be seen nearly every day.

Date: 2/21/03
Location: Warren County
Reporter: Aimee Morrison
Other Birders:

I had a wonderful surprise on my way home tonight!!!! A male Short-eared Owl!!!! He was sitting on a field post about 15 feet from the road. I knew it was special when I saw him. The yellow eyes and heavy steaking on his breast with light streaking on his belly made his identification a little easier for me. The location in Warren Co. is as follows: I saw him approximately 1 mile from the Spillway Party Supply (located at the corner of Oregonia and Clarksville Rd. near Caesar Creek Lake) on Jeffery Rd. There is a field on the left that has trees lining the road and a gate that sits about 10-15 feet off the road. He was on the post just behind the gate.
Have a great birding weekend!!!

Date: 15-17 Feb. 2003
Location: Reelfoot Lake area in Tennessee and Kentucky
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

Some birds for the trip list I forgot.
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Redhead
Wild Turkey
Tree Swallow
Northern Flicker

This brings the toatal to 83

Date: 20 February 2003
Location: Four Seasons Marina
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Not an official bird, but a joy to behold nevertheless, the Black Swan makes another appearance, this time on the Ohio side of the river. Also 1 Horned Grebe, 3 male and 1 female Northern Pintail, 1 Green-winged Teal, 3 Lesser Scaup, 6 Killdeer and 120 Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: Feb 19, 2003
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

8 Goldeneye and one Wood Duck

Date: 19 February 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

River on the rise. At Taylor Park in Newport - 9 Lesser Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 30 Canada Geese, 40 Mallards, 200 Ring-billed Gulls. At Watertown Yacht Club in Dayton - 3 Greater Scaup, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Mallards, 400 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Date: Feb 19, '03
Location:
Reporter: Jan
Other Birders:

I just saw a rufous-sided towhee in our front yard this morning, south of Columbus, Ohio.
My friend told me what it was. I just love finding different bird eating out front. This was very exciting for me. Is it unusual for them to be in OHIO?

Date: 2/18/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Waterbirds were slow, of note were 8 remaining N Pintails and 1 imm Herring Gull picking apart a dead Coot, wonder what got it?.. Land birds were a little better with a flock of 24 Horned Larks and 8 Bluebirds. Bring on spring migration.

Date: 18 February 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Water up over lot and into dredge disposal area. 400 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Adult Herring Gull (a bit of a puzzler-a black mark as well as a red mark on the bill tip, but definitely pink legs). 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Lesser Scaup, 2 Greater Scaup, 1 Male Red-breasted Merganser, 30 Mallards, 2 American Kestrels, 15 Song Sparrows, 12 Dark-eyed Juncos.

Date: 2/14/03
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

2 adult and one immature bald eagles

Date: Feb. 18, 2003
Location: Finneytown
Reporter: Dan Hadley
Other Birders:

After great birding at Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee over the weekend with others from the Cincinnati area, it was great to come home to a good bird. Chipping Sparrow is happily eating White Millet at one of my feeders today. Can Spring be far off?

Date: February 18, 2003
Location: Clermont County, East of Perintown, near intersection of U.S. 222 and U.S. 50
Reporter: David Tennant
Other Birders: John and Judith Schmidt

John and Judith reported to me a POSSIBLE sighting of two Bald Eagles; an adult and immature. They saw the "pair" Saturday (2/15) at approximately 11:50 a.m. and watched them for almost 20 minutes. The immature was on the ground, possibly feeding on something and the adult may have been perched nearby. The birds were last seen flying east toward Owensville.

Date: 15-17 Feb. 2003
Location: Reelfoot Lake area in Tennessee and Kentucky
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club, RAPTOR Inc. trip

Despite not good weather we had a great time at Reelfoot Lake. If I miss some birds please feel free to add to list.


Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron
Greater White-fronted Goose xxx
Snow goose xxxxx
Canada Goose xxx
Wood Duck xx
Green-winged Teal x
American Black Duck x
Mallard xxxxx
Northern Pintail xxx
Northern Shoveler xx
Gadwall xx
Ring-necked Duck xx
Lesser Scaup xx
Bufflehead x
Hooded Merganser x
Common Merganser x
Ruddy Duck xx
Black Vulture xx
Turkey Vulture x
Bald Eagle xx
Northern Harrier xx
Red-shouldered Hawk x
Red-tailed Hawk xx
Rough-legged Hawk x
American Kestrel x
American Coot x
Killdeer xx
Snipe x
Ring-Billed Gull xxxx
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Great-Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher (only 1)
Red-Headed Woodpecker (only 1)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Horned Lark xxx
American Crow xx
Fish Crow xx
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren (only ~3)
Golden-Crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin xxx
Northern Mockingbird
American Pipit (~6)
European Starling
Loggerhead Shrike x
Yellow-runped Warbler x
Northern Cardinal
Rufous-sided Towhee
American Tree Sp.
Field Sp.
Savannah Sp.(~10)
Song Sp.
Swamp Sp.
White-crowned Sp.
White-throated Sp.
Dark-eyed junco
Lapland Longspur xxx
Red-winged Blackbird xxxxx
Eastern Meadowlark xx
Western Meadowlark xx (~16)
Common Grackle xxxx
Brewer's Blackerbird x
Brown-headed Cowbird xxx
American Goldfinch
House Sp. (1 dark, melanotic bird my "best bird" of the trip)




















Date: Feb.17, 03
Location: Pleasant Ridge
Reporter: Michael Bahr
Other Birders:

Today a male Northern Flicker visited the Suet feeder. Remained for 10 min. and disappeared. Also a Dark Eyed Junco(among all the Sparrows) foraged below the feeder.

Date: 17 February 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

The Greater Scaup count keeps changing from day to day. Today there were four, yesterday there were seven. Also today, 1 male Red-breasted Merganser, 1 female Bufflehead, 2 Pied-billed Grebes and 40 Ring-billed Gulls

Date: 2/16/03
Location: Glendale, Ohio
Reporter: Nancy and Mike O'Connor
Other Birders:

We're reporting not a sighting - but a lack of sightings - of chickadees and titmice. And we wondered if any of you have noticed fewer of them at your feeders? We live in an area that has always been filled with them but we have not seen one since last June or so. Not one.
For years they've nested in our yard and have been non-stop visitors year-around to a window feeder. We used to fill it with black oil sunflower seeds once everyday or two. Now we fill it about once a month and the only birds that come to it are downy woodpeckers and nuthatches.
We've heard speculation that the West Nile virus may be to blame. Has anyone seen numbers from the Christmas bird count? Were there fewer chickadees and titmice than in years past?
We've seen some at Winton Woods and at the CNC, so we know they're not ALL gone at least. But some friends in Finneytown told us they've stopped coming to their feeders, too.
Are we the only ones who've noticed their disappearance?

Date: Sat. Feb.15,2003
Location: Western Hamilton Cty.
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

I spent 2 hours driving the roads around Miami Whitewater and the Ross and Morgan Township areas looking for field birds. I found 3 large flocks of Horned Larks. The largest flock of 800-1000 were in the fields across from Renck's nursery on Rt. 128 just outside of Ross. At least 5 Lapland Longspurs were in with them. A large area has been freshly manured and the birds were scattered and difficult to accurately count. I did scan them for 30 minutes looking for Snow Buntings but found none. A flock of 250+/- Horned Larks at the corner of Morgan Ross Rd. and New London were also in a freshly manured field and were much closer but had no Longspurs. A 3rd flock of 200+/- birds in a distant field at the corner of Alert New London and Chapel was too far to check closely. Other birds of interest for the afternoon included 8 Meadowlarks, N.Harrier,Red shouldered Hawk, and 25 Redheads in the Martin Marietta Gravel Pit in Ross at 128 and US 27 (accessed from Krause Rd. in Ross).

Date: Saturday, 2/15/03
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

The LONG-TAILED DUCK is still present on the Great Miami River in Hamilton. I found the bird at about 5:00 pm just north of the High Street bridge. The LTDU was on the west side of the river just north of the Hamiltonian Hotel. Also, along the Great Miami River from the area north of the High Street bridge south to the sewage treatment plant were the following:

Pied-billed Grebe 5
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup (both species in a mixed flock of about 15 birds)
Redhead 3 drakes
Bufflehead 6 (5 f, 1 m.)
Common Goldeneye 3 f or imm.
Hooded Merganser 1 f
Common Merganser 1 f

Killdeer 2
Am. Pipit 1 fly-by calling

Some good winter birding just before the sleet and freezing rain started again.

Date: Saturday, 2/15/03
Location: Cowan Lake SP
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Today during a lull in the winter blasts, I managed to get to Cowan Lake SP. The 10 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were still there at about 12:30 or 1:00 pm. There were two Snow Geese, a white phase and a blue phase. The birds are still behind the Office with the Canada Geese. On the return trip found a Killdeer just before the intersection of Route 73 and I71 near the BP gas station just east of the intersection. The bird was trying to utilize the road edge where there was exposed ground, but traffic flushed it. Also, had a Field Sparrow near the Caesar Creek Nature Center.

Date: 2/15/2003 10am
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Emily Baumgardner

The Saw Whet Owl was back in the vine tangles near the cedar behind the Quality Printing co. It lazily blinked a few times as we watched, then went back to sleep.

We also saw/heard many Cardinals, White-throated Sparrows, Robins, Canada Geese, Juncos, and Mourning Doves. As well as single sightings of a White-crowned Sparrow, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Carolina Wren, and a Chickadee. I'm sure there were many more, but I'd forgotten my Binocs.

Date: Feb.14,2003
Location: Miami River at Hamilton
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

To those who would like to see the LONG-TAILED DUCK that had been reported earlier,it is still on the Miami River north of the High Street bridge in Hamilton as of 11:30am today.

Date: 2/13/03
Location: Neville, OH along US 52
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

2 Eastern Meadowlarks

Date: Feb. 13, 2003
Location: Hidden Valley Lake
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

2 Turkey Vultures, 2 Red-tailed hawks, 2 Crows, 250 Canada Geese, 25 mallards, 2 Common Golden-eye, 6 Canvasback, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Bufflehead, 35 American Coots, 2 Ringed-necked Duck, and 17 Lesser Scaup. (in addition a flock of 200 Ring-billed Gulls was seen in the Oxbow area)

Date: 2/13/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I stopped by the pits for about 10 mins this afternoon. I was suprised to find 12 N Pintails and 8 Canvasback in the mix. Both high numbers for the location for me. 300 Mallards, 20 Blacks, 1 Bufflehead, 30 Ring necks, and about 50 Coots made up the rest of the assortment.

Date: 2/13/03
Location: Cowan Lake State Park
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

The ten White-fronted Geese were joined by two Snow Geese (l white the other blue) this PM. It is an excellent place to see these beautiful birds rather close. They are on the ice behind the park office.

Date: 2/13/02
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

My mom and I ran up to Gilmore this morning to see the Saw-Whet Owl. Upon arrival we could not find it in any of the cedar trees, however after a few more minutes of looking my mom found it nustled in between the branches of the grapevine. We were able to get really good looks at him and even a few pictures. He appeared to be dozing most of the time, but he did open his eyes on a few occasions and gave us one really good picture with him looking right at us.

Just as another note, on our way back from looking at the bird I spotted a BLUE-PHASE SNOW GOOSE. It was seen on Bypass 4.

DIRECTIONS: If you are traveling north on Route 4 you will come to the intersection where Bypass 4 cuts off to your right. You will see a golf course at this intersection on your right. It's called Fairfield Golf Center. Turn right on Bypass 4 and on your right, just before the bridge where you cross over railroad tracks, there will be a small pond. There was just a small patch of water that was open and the Snow Goose was the only bird on the water.

Date: 02-12-03
Location: William H. Harsha Lake
Reporter: Linda Romine
Other Birders:

Observed 9+ white snow geese with a flock of Canadas near the Corps Boat Ramp located near the dam. Suspect there may even be blue phase snows, but don't have a spotting scope to confirm. This area is accessible from SR 222 and Slade Road between SR 32 and SR 125. Also saw 20+ Wild Turkey crossing Slade Road from the fallow soybean field to the old fish hatchery at the park entrance.

Date: 2/12/03
Location: East Fork State Park,Afton boat ramp, north side
Reporter: Dave Helm
Other Birders:

Immature bald eagle, caught a fish, ate it while soaring around over the lake. Also, a few lesser scaup

Date: 2/11/03
Location: Home feeder, New Richmond
Reporter: Mark Wessel
Other Birders:

At the peak of the snow fall I counted 40 plus Cardinals. Also had a mixed flock of blackbirds. Red-winged Blackbirds, Rusty Blackbirds and Brown-headed cowbirds.

Date: Tuesday, 2/11/03
Location: Cowan Lake SP, behind the Office
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

This afternoon at about 5:00 pm, the five White-fronted Geese, reported by Larry Gara yesterday and the original eight by Ed Rousch, are still present behind the Park Office. The five WFGO were at the edge of the ice very close to the office. There are 100+ (estimate) Canada Geese here also. The Office is at the eastern end of the lake along the southern edge. Follow signs to the Office from route 730 west of Wilmington. Other birds of note present:

Black Duck 4, Mallard 1, N. Pintail (male) 1, Ring-necked Duck 2, Killdeer 1, E. Bluebird 2

The Killdeer, RNDU, and EABL were seen out on the flats from the circle east of the marina. This can be accessed by going straight toward the lake on the entry road rather than taking the left turn into the Park Office. Along 730 west of Wilmington, there was a Red-tailed Hawk hunting from the power or telephone line right along the road. This was a previous thread on Ohio Birds last year.
Jay

Date: 2/10/03
Location: Hamilton, OH - Great Miami River
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Made several stops at spots along the river on Monday - many of the previously reported birds remain on the river, and as Mike Busam has pointed out, excellent studies of both scaup species are possible.

German Village - Pied-billed grebe(4), mallards (10), Redhead (1), greater scaup (2), lesser scaup (1), long-tailed duck (1), American coot (2).

High St. Bridge - pied-billed grebe (1), hooded merganser (1), mallards (xx) and coots (x).

Neulin Ave. pulloff - great blue heron (1), canada goose (xxx), mallards (xx), redheads (4), Greater scaup (11), Lesser scaup (5), common goldeneye (1,f), bufflehead (6), killdeer (2), and Am. pipit (4).

Date: 2/10/03
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY ~9:30am - Army Reserve Center
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

While seeing my brother off for the service, a Peregrine Falcon flew over us heading south.

Date: 02/09/03
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: My wife, Bridget, Jane Van Coney and 9+ other birders whose names I didn't get

When my wife and I arrived there were about ten other birders wandering around the honeysuckle shrubs looking for the Northern Saw-whet Owl. They said they were unable to find it and they had looked in the cedar tree already. I was inspecting the ground beneath the cedar tree for whitewash and pellets but all I could find was songbird droppings.* I walked around to the side of the tree where there was a very muddy (yes, bring your boots!) path. I was going to inspect the branches for whitewash when I saw the owl hidden very well in the dense cedar needles near the very end (NOT close to the trunk as one would expect) about 9-10 ft. up (closest to the trail). In fact, a side view of the owl can be had from the trail, but a nice frontal view - including a wide-eyed look - can be had from this muddy path.
All who were there were very delighted that I showed up.

* The difference between songbird and owl whitewash, as well as other helpful tips on finding Saw-whets, may be more appropriate for the message board.

Date: Sunday, 2/9/03 2:00 PM sunny and mild (as compared to last wk).
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: John Robinson, Jane VanConey & Yasmin, Mr & Ms Walker and daughter from Centerville, OH plus 3 others.

When I arrived at the parking lot, John Robinson was just leaving and he was kind enough to show me the cedar tree where the No. Saw-whet was located. We looked but John said it had flown. I sat down on the bench to wait when the Walkers came along. He immediately saw and pointed out the Owl's location. A "lifer" for me! Foilage so dense, hard to find a suitable spot for pix. As I was leaving Jane & Yasmin arrived. Thanks to Mike Busam and all for good directions.

Date: Sunday Feb. 9,2003
Location: Ohio River
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders: Joe Bens, Jay and Jack Stenger

We decided to bird the Ohio River, with emphasis on the tributaries from the Oxbow to Markland Dam on the Indiana side and then followed the river back on the Kentucky side. Highlights included 6 Bald Eagles, 32 Red Tails, 27 Kestrels, 3 Coopers, 1 N.Harrier, 31 Blk.Vultures, 2 TV, 16 sp. of waterfowl including 1 White-winged Scoter,and a Great Horned Owl on a nest.

Oxbow-1 adult Bald Eagle,10 GBHeron,700 Canada Geese,150 Mallards,30 Blacks, 4 Gadwall, 25 Ring-necks, 8 Redheads, 12 Canvasbacks, 6 Goldeneye, 6 L.Scaup, 1 Greater Scaup, 7 Common Mergansers, and 100+/- Ring-billed Gulls

AE Power Plant cooling pond in Aurora from Petersburg Ky overlook-600 Canada Geese, 200 Mallard, 25 Black Ducks, 25 Gadwall, 25 L.Scaup, 25 Ring-necks,20 Canvasbacks,2 Redheads, 7 Bufflehead, 1 Wigeon, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 150 RBGulls, 3 Herring Gulls

Goose Creek in Patriot, Ind.- 3 Bald Eagles 2 imm, 1 adult, 4 Blk. Vultures

Rabbit Hash Rd. along the Ohio River across from Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun- 1 White-winged Scoter

Markland Dam area- 2 Bald Eagles, 4 Blk. Vultures, only 350+/- Ring-billed Gulls, 0 Herrings,

Craig's Creek 1 mile N. of Markland Dam- 600 Ring-billed Gulls, 6 Herring Gulls, 125 Canada Geese, 4 GBHeron, 2 E.Meadowlark

Date: 2/7 pm 2/9am
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Driving to work/school the past couple days I have come across a few interesting sightings near my house. 2/7pm a Barred Owl sitting on a wire, fairly tame. 2/9 am, 2 Turkeys, with the field next to it having 2 Rough legged Hawks!!

Date: 2/9/03
Location: Brookville Lake
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Lots of open water with lots of waterfowl. Watched four Bald Eagles on the lake, two adults bathing and the two immatures harrassing the ducks. Watched a Red-tailed Hawk giving it's mate what they call a "love tap"....looked more like he was trying to knock her out of the tree.
Waterfowl seen: redheads, pintails, black ducks, gadwalls,common goldeneye, hooded mergeransers,canvasbacks, lesser scaups, female bufflehead,northern shovelers. And what is with all the mallards diving everywhere I go all across the state?? And where are all the male buffleheads? The past few days, all I saw were females. The male common goldeneyes were displaying today and what a show!

Date: February 9, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Steve Bobonik

The female long-tailed duck, 2 greater scaup (1 each male and female), and 1 female lesser scaup were on the Great Miami River in Hamilton this morning, north of the Hamiltonian Hotel Parking lot. From High Street heading west, turn right on Riverfront Drive and take it past the Hamiltonian Hotel, the old Fort Hamilton Hospital, until you come to a parking area in "German Village." There's a white gazebo and a tiny park at the site. From here, the ducks were on the west bank of the river, at the hill beneath the paper mill.

(If you're taking the highway, simply take Route 129 [The "Mike Fox" Highway] west from I-75. 129 becomes High Street once it crosses Route 4 in Hamilton).

South of this spot were 4+ coots, 4 pied-billed grebe, 14 greater scaup (seven males seven females), 4 lesser scaup (two males, two females), 6 bufflhead (five females, one male), 5 American pipits, 2 killdeer, 2 great blue herons, 300+ Canada geese and 300+ mallards.

Date: February 8, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders, Jeff Brown

We managed to miss the long-tailed duck, greater scaup, common merg, bufflehead, and killdeer, that Lori found, which took some effort on our part, since we drove up and down that whole stretch of the Great Miami! But we did find 9 American pipits along the shore between the low dam upstream from Riverside and Riverside, proper. There were also 4 pied-billed grebes between the High Street bridge and the Hamiltonian hotel.

Date: 2/8/03
Location: Gilmore,Riverside,Hamilton, VOA
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Saw-whet owl in the grape vine tangle at Gilmore. Easy to see.
Riverside: 2 female buffleheads and 3 redheads, 1 killdeer.
Great Miami River in Hamilton by the Hamiltonian Hotel: female long-tailed duck(definitely not the same female as the one seen on the Ohio/Licking Rivers two weeks ago), one common merganser with an odd looking tail. Great and Lesser Scaups along the entire river.
VOA: no shorteared owls but 4 northern harriers, at least one adult male, chasing each other.

Date: 8 February 2003
Location: Butler Co./Montgomery Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

Just a breif list of what we did see and didn't see on a trip up to Dayton to visit family;

1. Glimore Ponds - 1 very accommodating Saw-whet Owl, perched about 18 ft up in grapevine tangle - park at Symmes Rd. & Berk Blvd. parking area, take main trail, then right on first small trail, owl on left just past bench and trash can.

2.Great Miami River at Monument in Dayton, OH - no sign of Harlequin Ducks, there were 8 Hooded Mergansers. This is the only spot that I can recall noticing Mallards habitually diving for food.

3. Great Miami River at Moraine - no sign of Ross's Goose, there were about 400 Canada Geese.

4. Voice of America - watched for Short-eared Owls until almost dark but did not see any. We did have nice looks at 3 immature Northern Harriers playfully cavorting over the fields.

Date: 2003 Feb 8
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Robert Sexton
Other Birders: Tom Uhlman, assorted crowds

The Saw Whet owl is still there, despite the high incidence of monkeys in the area. Its nesting back in the thick stuff, so you can't get a very good look.

http://photos.kudra.com/lifers/dsc_7910

Date: Feb 7 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: (I didn't catch your name)

2nd time is a charm. The Saw-whet was present at Gilmore Ponds until dark this evening.

Cattail Marsh was frozen over completely, but on the trail out there were many White-throated Sparrows, Robins, Cardinals, and two Mockingbirds. The trail was pretty active and I didn't get my binoculars up on most of the birds. I also heard a White-crowned Sparrow.

Date: 2-006-03
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Kim Ziegel
Other Birders:

Mike Busam's saw-whet is eminently photographable. He'll tolerate a close enough approach for a full frame shot if you've got just a modest zoom lens. Thanks, indeed, Mike!

Date: Thurs. Feb. 6, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders:

Saw-whet Owl continues to roost at Gilmore Ponds. I dropped by at noon and again at about 5:00 PM. Thanks, Mike!

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2003, 5:45 pm
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

The Saw-whet Owl is still present at the location described by Mike Busam on February 2. Mike's directions were excellent, and I found it immediately from the trail. No need to disturb the bird by going into the woods. The bird was awake as it was just before sunset.

Date: 2/5/2003 5:30PM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William HUll
Other Birders:

On the "lake" there were Mallards, Canada Geese, 2 American Wigeon, 1 American Black Duck and 1 Ring-necked Duck.

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2003 3:30-4:00 PM
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none

On my way to watch one of my grandsons play his freshman basketball game for Milford High School, I decided to leave home a little early and slip over to the CD gravel pits. The southern end of the southernmost lake, had more open water than I had expected. Considerable numbers of Coots (400+),a sprinkling of; Pied-billed Grebes, Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads, Hooded & Common Mergansers made for interesting observations until the biting wind picked up, bringing snow flurries and some sleet. I came to my senses and left about four.

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2003
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland area
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Rick Chanin, Ken Phillips

Pretty quiet during brief afternoon stop. Highlights were Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Tree Sparrow

Date: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 2:00-2:0 PM
Location: Beckett Lakes subdivision - near Beckett Rd & Uion Centre
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none

Lakes(?)in this development give you the feeling of a small "wetlands" area, and while checking out one of the "wet" areas near my son's apt., was surprised to see 4 Mute Swans come gliding in for a landing. Also present were 100+ Mallards, 150+ Canada Geese and, in very small numbers, several unidentified waterfowl species.

Date: February 1, 2003
Location: Oxbow & HVL
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

The Oxbow was mostly frozen. I did see at least 100 gulls on the ice of one pond from 275, also saw 100 Canadian Geese on the ice of another pond with no open water (just sitting on the ice). HVL had at least 500 Canadians, & small numbers of Coots, Buffleheads, Ring-necked, Goldeneye, two mute swans & mallards.

Date: 2/1/03
Location: Killdeer Plains
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Katherine Miller, Sara Kraillor, Jenny Lanham

Not quite Cincinnati birding but we had some good luck and thought we would share. Highlights included 1 Merlin, 1 Sawwhet Owl, at least 3 Short-eared Owls, 4 No. Harriers, 1 Rough-legged Hawk. We stopped in Morraine to look for the Ross' Goose - no luck. We did find 2 Goldeneyes, 5 Bufflehead, and several Hooded Mergs.

Date: Sunday, February 2nd, 2003
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Ned Keller & Jack Stenger


After our Ohio River trip, Jack, Ned and I headed home via East Fork. The lake was still partially frozen but there was plenty of open water. We viewed the lake from the south beach and the saddle dam. Lots of gulls and ducks. Birds seen included Pied-billed Grebe 4, Great Blue Heron 2, Canada Goose 600, Mallard 2500, Black Duck 150 (most of the Mallard's and Black's were in a huge flock resting well out on the ice/could easily have missed a species or two in this large flock), Ring-necked Duck 2, Redhead 1, Canvasback 16, Gadwall 2, Common Merganser 7, Hooded Merganser 1, Ring-billed Gull 500+, Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (another one was seen along Rt 32 near Eastgate Mall).

Date: Sunday, February 2nd, 2003
Location: Ohio River/ KY 8/ Meldahl Dam/Higginsport OH
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Ned Keller & Jack Stenger


Ned,Jack and I birded the Ohio River from Covington/Dayton Ky southeast along Ky 8 down to Meldahl Dam and Augusta Ky, where we ferried over to the Ohio side and birded down to White Oak Creek at Higginsport Oh. One Greater Scaup remains at the Watertowne Marina in Dayton KY and 85 Ring-billed Gulls there were a drop in the bucket of what was coming. An adult Bald Eagle was perched riverside in Campbell Co KY across from Beckjord. 1 lone Wild Turkey was seen before we found a flock of about 25 farther along KY 8.
Hoping to find a lot of gulls and then the possibility of a rare one we arrived at Meldahl Dam to succeed on only half of that goal. About 1000 gulls were wheeling above the fast water below the dam but a conservative count of 4000+ more were "rafting" on the calm waters just above the dam. Over 5000 gulls in this one area was an incredible sight, but unfortunately about 10 Herring Gulls were the only other species we could find after a pretty long look at them. Another Bald Eagle flew by, this one an immature. Other birds seen at Meldahl Dam included 13 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Great Blue Herons, 152 Canada Geese, 27 Canvasback's(a good #) 3 Common Merganser's, 1 Common Goldeneye and a Belted Kingfisher. Just about a half mile up river, at the mouth of Snag Creek we saw 25 Great Blue Herons, 25 Mallards, 13 Black Ducks, 6 Gadwall, 1 No. Shoveler and 12 Bufflehead. A Mute Swan was near the mouth of Bracken Creek in Augusta KY. At the White Oak Creek estuary in Higginsport another 2500 Ring-billed Gulls were concentrated, but again the only other gulls we could find were 3 Herring Gulls. We drove back east towards Chilo but didn't add much else along the river. Adding the always present smaller groups of gulls everywhere along the river, I'm pretty sure we saw about 8,500 Ring-billed Gulls from Cincinnati to Higginsport. We also had several Red-tailed Hawks along the way and a variety of the common smaller species, many of which were singing on this springlike day.

Date: February 2, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I went looking for woodcock; missed them, but found the following: 225+ Canada geese (flyovers), 300+ mallards (ditto), 1 saw-whet owl, 2 American tree sparrows, 20+ song sparrows, 20+ white-throated sparrows, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 10+ red-winged blackbirds. On February 1 there was a winter wren in North Woods. The little guy/gal has been around all winter thus far.

The saw-whet location is tough to describe... There's a cedar tree opposite a bench and garbage can on the trail behind the Quality Publishing building--for whom the brand-spanking new parking lot at Symmes and Berk was created. The saw-whet was in a deciduous tree, hidden in a tangle of grape vine about thirty feet to the right of the tree, twenty or so feet off the path. I could see the bird from the path. A Carolina wren tipped me off, initially. But this has been a long chase... All last winter, and all this winter, an owl has been using a cedar tree in "Woodcock Corner"--one right on a newly mowed trail--and leaving behind pellets and, more brazenly, or so it seems since I've spent two months looking for this bird throughout the wooded South Pond area, dead mice. The owl this evening was about three hundred yards south of that tree, though, chilling out in the grapevine.

Date: February 2, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

Charlie and I birded from Hamilton Riverside north to just past the low dam. We didn't get as for north as the long-tailed duck spot Rick mentions, below. (I wish we had!)

1 pied-billed grebe, 3 great blue heron, 100+ Canada geese, 100+ mallards, 3 redhead 1 ring-necked duck, 13 greater scaup, 4 lesser scaup (I realize those are wacky scaup numbers, and I'll post my notes, which are a tad on the ponderous side, on the message board), 10 bufflehead (3 males and 7 females, as I recall), 3 killdeer, 1 Wilson's snipe, 3 ring-billed gulls, 1 kingfisher, 2 horned larks, 1 American pipit. The pipit and snipe were along the river edge; the 10 bufflehead are the first I've seen along this spot on the river since 1997, and it's ten times the number I saw that day!

Date: February 2nd
Location: Great Miami River, downtown Hamilton
Reporter: Rick Cottrell
Other Birders: Sam Fitton

Sam Fitton called this morning to say he had seen a female Long-tail on the Great Miami just north of the High Street bridge. As of 3:00 PM she was still there. If you park in the Hamiltonian Hotel parking lot and walk up on the dike she was right there. Sam said yesterday she was moving between the High Street bridge and the next bridge upstream( Knight Street bridge).

Date: 2-1-03, 1:30-2 pm
Location: Camp Denison gravel pits
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

1 male redhead, 4 canvasbacks, 1 male and several female ruddy duck, 2 male hooded mergansers and 10+ females, 2 pair bufflehead, 15+ gadwall, 5 ring-necked ducks, at least 1 pair black ducks, 20+ mallards, 150+ coots, 100+ canada geese.

Date: 2-4-03 (7am to 11am)
Location: voa, spring valley, P&G irwin simpson
Reporter: dale a. bodmer
Other Birders: chris potensky, john mulkie

started at voa, no short-eared owls, but a female northern harrier.

the gravel pits near spring valley, many canada geese, mallards, 1 lesser scaup, 3 common mergansers, 3 hooded mergansers (1 male, 2 female),8 black ducks, ringbilled gulls

spring valley, no rails, but cardinals, white-throated sparrows, song sparrows, carolina wrens, downy woodpecker.

procter and gamble center on mason montgomery and irwin simpson. in small pond at intersection there were 5-6 canvasbacks, and about 20 ring-necked ducks.

Date: 1 February 2003
Location: gravel lake near Spring Valley Wildlife Area (Greene Co.)
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders: Diana Shuler

Found on a small (~75 ft long by ~35 ft wide) open area of water at the Martin-Marietta abandoned gravel lake on Roxanna-New Burlington Road:

Mallard - 183; Gadwall - 25; Canada goose - 103; Am. coot - 3; Ring-necked duck - 3; Am. widgeon - 2; Black duck - 44; Lesser scaup - 1; hooded merganser - 1.


Date: 02/01/03
Location: Taylor Park and Watertown Yacht Club
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Frank Renfrow and his wife (at Taylor Park only)

En route there was an American Kestrel in Bellevue, KY.
Birds at the Watertown Yacht Club (Dayton, KY) include:

Canada Goose 29, Mallard 30, GREATER SCAUP 2 (pair feeding on zebra mussels just before the marina - still present as of Noon today), Ring-billed Gull 24, American Kestrel 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Song Sparrow 1.

Birds at Taylor Park (Newport, KY)include:

Great Blue Heron 1, Pied-billed Grebe 1, American Coot 1, Canada Goose 5, Mallard 25+, Ring-billed Gull 57, Herring Gull 6, Tufted Titmouse 1, Northern Cardinal 1.

Date: 02/01/03
Location: Gorman Heritage Farm - bird walk 8:10 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: 5 nature center members attending

Canada Goose 25, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Mourning Dove 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 7, American Robin 2, Northern Mockingbird 2, Carolina Chickadee 3, Carolina Wren 4, European Starling 4, Northern Cardinal 5, Euphagus sp. 50+, White-throated Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 3, House Sparrow 5.

Date: 31 January 2003
Location: Taylor Park Newport, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

Just an update on the earlier posting, in reference to the gulls. We stopped back at Taylor Park at dusk. I was surprised to see that the gulls were still present, as they usually head upriver to Meldahl about a half-hour prior to sunset. Possibly, the ice chunks floating down from the Licking now afford them "solid footing" for the night's roost. One of the herring's caught a rather large fish and another engaged it in a tug-of-war over the spoils. Just before dark set in all four Herring Gulls flew up and circled in a wide arc over the river,while the Ringbills stayed put. They then settled down on the ice to roost for the night. After watching the ringbills all winter long, the herrings make an interesting counterpoint - with markedly differing habits. The 5 Lesser Scaup were also still present at sunset.

Date: 01/30/03
Location: Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

After finishing my lunch at McDonald's, I went to Glenwood Gardens, the Hamilton County Park District's newest addition situated directly behind the restaurant in Woodlawn at the intersection of Glendale-Milford Rd. and Springfield Pike.
Although short on time, I did pick up a brochure of the area and visited the Costwood overlook. From the stream below I could hear the call notes of what I believe to be a WINTER WREN, sounding much like the calls of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. My Thayer's Birds of North America software confirmed that this is what I had heard.

Here is a link with a little more info about the property:

http://www.hamiltoncountyparks.org/parks/glenwood/

Date: 1/25/03
Location: Frewsburg NY
Reporter: Gary Swanson
Other Birders: Laurie Swanson

Bald Eagle seen at river crossing in Frewsburg New York

Date: 31 January 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 American Coots, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 5 male Lesser Scaup at the mouth of the Licking- no sign of the other divers. A fresh influx of gulls, however - 200 Ring-billed Gulls along with 2 2nd winter Herring Gulls and 2 3rd winter Herring Gulls. I watched one of the younger Herring's catch a medium-sized fish. It worried and stabbed it with its bill on the ice, and after several attempts, swallowed it whole. The ringbills that shared the same chunk of ice made no attempt to steal the fish, giving apparent deference to their larger cousin. Also 7 Pied-billed Grebes at the Chart House and 1 Black Duck at the Watertown Yacht Club.

Date: 1/31/2003
Location: Ohio River, Camp Dennison
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

5 Lesser Scaup, 60 Rb Gull, and about 20 Mallards at Taylor Park and Mike Fink's.
1 Horned Grebe swimming about 20 yards east of the Suspension Bridge.

Watertown Yacht Club was empty, except for about 150 RB-Gulls, most of which circled high above the river.

Rivertowne Marina was also empty, except for a GB Heron, 8 Mallards, and 5 RB-Gulls. The soccer fields next to the Marina held about 200 Canada Geese.

When I arrived at Camp Dennison a large group of ducks (150-200) were flying out. What remained included American Coot, 2 Redhead, 5 Canvasback, many Ring-necked Duck, 10 Gadwall, 5 American Black Duck, 2 Northern Pintail, 1 Green-winged Teal, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, many, many Mallard, and a few Canada Geese. A Northern Harrier flew across 126 over the Little Miami river in Miamisville.

Date: January 30, 2003
Location: Covington
Reporter: Lana Hays
Other Birders:

I was at the Covington side of the Ohio around 2:30 this afternoon. I, too, saw the kayaker as he headed through the gulls and ducks but no long tailed duck. I worked my way down the river to Taylor Park, Chart House and the Watertown Marina and then returned to the Covington side again around 4 pm. The kayaker was gone and the long tailed duck had not reappeared. Another birder had been looking as well before I got there and didn't find her either.

Date: 30 January 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck was still present with 1 Common Goldeneye and 6 Bufflehead at the mouth of the Licking. However, there was a Kayaker that seemed determined to keep paddling into the ducks. He made the Long-tailed Duck take flight on 2 occasions within 10 minutes. I returned five hours later in the afternoon and the "mad kayaker" was still there (!#*%!#), going after the flocks of gulls resting on the ice chunks. The goldeneye and some of the bufflehead were still present, but I did not see the Long-tailed Duck. At the Watertown Yacht Club, the pair of Greater Scaup was still present.

Date: 1/30/2003
Location: VOA
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Got there late, but found 1 short eared Owl directly east of the VOA entrance. Also saw and heard a very vocal Horned Lark.

Date: 29 January 2003
Location: VOA
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

2 short-eared owls were observed hunting just east of the old VOA tranmitting facility. One bird sat on a sign next to the road (a lot of whitewash on the post)while the other chose to sit on soccer goals. I first observed one owl on an old concrete foundation in the same vicinity at 5:30. There was good light to really see the field marks for about 1/2 hour.

Date: 01/29/03
Location: Western Hills viaduct and Sunset at Guerley
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

A while back someone had questioned about where known crow roosts were. While not a lot of crows, I have been noticing a roost at the corner of Sunset & Guerley in the Covedale area. These birds seem to number only slightly in the triple digits, about 100. A smaller flock was noticed this morning coming off the a roost along the Mill Creek at the Western Hills viaduct. This roost only numbered about 50 or so. Most were already heading north along the creek.
Back in Nov/Dec I noticed yet another roost only in double digits along North Bend Rd. near Lasalle High School.

Date: 1/29/03 - 8:00pm
Location: house - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Just to try and see if I could attract any owls to my backyard, I played a tape of an Eastern Screech Owl on my back porch. Within about 5 minutes a Barred Owl came down and landed right in front of me in a nearby tree. It stayed for about 30 secs just starring at me - I guess it was trying to figure out what I was and were its meal is. (I stopped playing the tape for the night when the owl arrived - as not to jeopardize any Screeches)

Date: 29 January 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The Long-tailed Duck and the Common Goldeneye were on the Licking at Taylor Park today. Not much at the Yacht Club, (about the same as yesterday).

Date: 1/26/03
Location: backyard, Camp Dennison
Reporter: Susan Burt
Other Birders: Mark Wellage

In addition to the usual crowd at the birdfeeders & suet, (Carolina wren, cardinals, flickers, redbelly wp, hairy wp, downy wps, chickadees, starlings, slate colored juncos, house finches, mockingbird, golden-crowned kinglet)we saw a PINE SISKIN and a COMMON REDPOLL. I haven't seen either bird since I left Vermont, where I used to live. Between seeing these birds and having a great day cross-country skiing, I almost felt like I was back in Vermont.

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Location: Covington Ky riverfront/Watertowne Yacht Club
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


After school this afternoon,Jack and I saw the Long-tailed Duck at the mouth of the Licking River and the only thing I would add to Frank's post is a Belted Kingfisher, a Black Duck and 2 Greater Scaup, seen very closely, at the Watertowne Yacht Club. These birds were a male and female. I know others had posted 2 female Greater Scaup, so I'm not sure if these are new arrivals or the same one's which have been present. Ring-billed Gull's had increased their number's at least up to 150 birds along the downtown riverfront by late afternoon. We also checked the Four Seasons Marina on the Ohio side. Little open water and no White-winged Scoter there either. Did see 3 Black Ducks, 2 Great Blue Herons a Pileated Woodpecker and an Eastern Meadowlark on the dyke. Checked Lunken Airport at dusk on a long shot for Short-eared Owl's, no dice.

Date: 28 January 2003
Location: Newport/Dayton, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The Long-tailed Duck was still present at the mouth of the Licking this morning with the female Common Goldeneye. Also 80 Ring-billed Gulls, 30 Mallards, and 20 Canada Geese - & 8 Pied-billed Grebes by the Chart House. No sign of the scoter at Watertown Yacht Club this afternoon. An additional 60 Ring-billed Gulls, 30 Mallards and the resident Chinese and Domestic Geese were present.

Date: Tues., Jan. 28, 2003, 10:00 AM
Location: Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

I don't usually pay too much attention to robins, but while walking this morning, I encountered a flock of about 200 in the 2 maple trees and in 3 or 4 shrubs in front of St. Thomas school. I dodged the "fallout" from the above trees and realized they were attacking the hollies (China Girl?) along the foundation of the school. Very entertaining, actually. Something spooked them and they all took off together (except for a handful of birds that had possession of the berry-laden shrubs.)

Date: January 26, 2003
Location: Taylor Park and Watertown Marina
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

I saw the Long-tailed Duck at the mouth of the Licking River off of Taylor Park from about 4:00 -4:30 pm on Sunday, 1/26/03. A single Am. Goldeneye was also present. The White-winged Scoter was at the Watertown Marina at about 4:45 pm until about 5:15 pm on Sunday, 1/26/03. There were two Greater Scaup also present and a gaggle of chinese (?)or barnyard geese. The LTDU and WWSC are great birds for this part of the country and the Ohio River!

Date: January 25, 2003
Location: Ohio River - Covington
Reporter: Lana Hays
Other Birders: several

Saturday I went to the Ohio River to see the winter female long tailed duck and take some photographs. I have posted several of the photos that I took for those who have yet to see her. If she stays I will try to get down there again for some better pictures.

http://homepage.mac.com/lhays/PhotoAlbum55.shtmll

Lana Hays

Date: January 25, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Sighting Reported by John Burkart

John Burkart sent me some information on a dark rough-legged hawk he saw at Gilmore Ponds on Saturday, January 25th. He saw a dark hawk that on first sight looked like a "large black and white bird." He saw the bird three to four times in the course of an hour or so and watched it perch a couple times on the tops of trees around South Pond and East Pond. While in flight on two occasions John was able to see the underside of the bird and to "make out the white-fringed wings and the dark band on the white tail." He also saw a dark rough-legged hawk at Big Island Wildlife Area a couple weeks back while with Chuck Holiday and Tim Tolford on the Oxford Audubon field trip to Killdeer Plains, and felt confident that he was seeing a similar bird--not a juvenile eagle or a vulture, etc.--on Saturday.

I believe that this could be the first documented rough-legged hawk sighting at Gilmore since at least the early 1970s, and possibly as far back as the 1950s. I imagine there are records out there, but they don't show up in Ned Keller's database. The Hamlton-Fairfield CBC last had a rough-legged hawk in 1991. I believe the sighting was from out near the Miller Brewery or the northwest portion of the count circle.

Date: 1/27/03
Location: Watertown Marina
Reporter: Wendy Graham
Other Birders:

The White-winged Scoter is still at the Watertown Marina. It, the 2 Gr.Scaup, and some Mallards were walking across the ice with the resident domestic geese.

Date: 1/26/03
Location: Virginia Rail (3), Gray Catbird at Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

After adding Killdeer in Hamilton, at Spring Valley WA, I found 3 VIRGINIA RAILS (#99), where Dan Sanders and Greg Miller previously reported them. All three were visible at the same time. To find the location, park at the parking lot for the board walk. At the bottom of the hill on the path to the board walk , take the wide path on the right and continue north until you come to the running stream, apparently spring-fed with open water. The birds were along this stream and around the corner to the west where there is a wide strip of open water with green vegetation (water cress?). The GRAY CATBIRD (#100) was located north of this open stream. Instead of turning left and going west where the stream goes under the path, continue straight north on a path. Pass the hacking platforms. At the very northeast corner the trail bends west and there there is an open field and barn ahead, there is a wet area/seep on the right, that had a large flock of Robins, some Swamp and White-crowned Sparrows and the Gray Catbird.

Well, I weathered the storm (pun intended) on Sunday to get to 100 birds in January in Ohio. Not bad for a part-timer, aka working full-time, using weekends, one holiday and one vacation day so far. On Saturday, 1/25/03, I added Rough-legged Hawk (#97) at Big Island, after not finding anything new for the year at Killdeer Plains alone and with the Cincinnati Bird. I did find the Barred Owl in the signed conifer woods, but it took three walks through that area, the successfull one in the opposite direction of the first two.

This quest has been a lot of fun. It's amazing what one can see in January if one really tries, and resists the urge to become a "couch potato." Well, I started this quest late and not until 1/04/03, prompted by the Red-necked Grebe at Camp Dennison. And there are still 5 days left in January................

Date: 1/26/03
Location: KILLDEER at Hamilton, Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Continuing my quest for 100 sepcies in January in Ohio, on Sunday I started by driving though the snow storm to Riverside Natural Area in Hamilton on the Great Miami River and added KILLDEER (#98). There were three between the low dam and slightly south of the water treatment plant. Also, a Belted Kingfisher. A little later, another Belted Kingfisher flew down the Route 4 Bypass over my car, headed south, the right direction, as I was headed north toward the Michael Fox Highway and driving slowly through the storm to Spring Valley Wildlife Area.

Date: Jan 25 & 26
Location: Taylor Park & Watertowne
Reporter: Mary Jo White
Other Birders: Frank Renfro & wife, Granville Carey

Wow! How nice it was to just drop down the hill, over the bridge & add 2 birds to my list - Long-tailed Duck & White-winged Scoter. Thanks everyone.

Date: 1/26/03
Location: Watertown Marina, Dayton, KY
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jim Graham

Having not stopped at the marina Saturday I had to make a run through the snow Sunday to find the White-winged Scoter. I did find it as well as 2 female Scaups and many Mallards. There was also a beautiful Black Swan there. They have been around here for so long they should be listable. Darn!
Monday a.m. my brand new birder daughter just got to work after making a run past the marina and found no birds at all in the water there. If we get lucky later we will post the sighting.

Date: 1/25/03
Location: Rowe Woods/East Fork Lake/Mehldahl Dam
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Most of the birds at Rowe Woods were at the feeders. I did find a Golden-crowned Kinglet which was nice. My plan was to head down to the Meldahl dam area but stopped by the East Fork Lake dam on my way. There were 5 Common Mergansers at the saddle dam and several Red-breasted Mergs also as well as Coots, Pied-billed Grebes and Mallards. An immature Bald Eagle made a dive for lunch. As I was about to head out I panned the lake again and found literally thousands of waterfowl way, way, WAY out. I tried to determine their location from the overlook but what to my wondering eyes should appear but Hank Armstrong on the swimming beach. I dashed over there and persuaded him and his friend, Dan Stang, (right last name? abject apologies if not!)to go back down to the beach with me and we finally located the flock still way, way, WAY out. Seemed to be all mallards with a few Canada Geese. At the dam there were 3 Goldeneyes, thousand of Ring-billed Gulls and at least 1 Bonapartes Gull. There was a Mute Swan at the ferry dock in Augusta, KY. Unfortunately I did not stop at the Watertown Marina on the way home.

Date: 1/26/03
Location: James Taylor Park, Newport
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders: 2

Long-tailed duck swimming in the Licking River (Newport side) with a goldeneye and several mallards. (2:15 p.m.)

Date: 1/25/03
Location: Cincinnati (Westwood)
Reporter: Jeff Savagian
Other Birders:

What I believe to be a Perigrine Falcon....on the ground, holding a small bird in it's talons, "dining".

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2003
Location: Miami Heights
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

We're continuing to see the Indigo Bunting at our feeder every few days. I presume it's here every day, but it only shows up every couple of hours, and most days we're not here to watch the feeder all day. It's getting more blue in its chest. The latest picture is at:
http://w3.one.net/~zt.keller/cincybirds/goodbird/Photos/IndigoBunting4.jpg
Older pictures are at IndigoBunting1, 2 and 3.jpg.

Date: January 26, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Dayton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Charlie Saunders, Steve Pelikan

Both harlequin ducks were near the low dam and spillway by the bridge near the art musuem. We checked each duck at length for signs of an orange jump suit with "COUNTY" stenciled in black block letters across the scapulars--a good way to separate wild birds from escapees in the field, but failed to see any indication of this important field mark. To us, the birds were wild, indeed, and we watched them fight over a dead fish for a couple minutes. The Ross' goose was in its usual spot, just down river from the VFW hall along the bank of the river near the airport (directions to both sites are below, though it's been recommended that if you go to Dayton, Ohio you might check the harlequins first, then on I-75 south pick up the Moraine exit. Head southeast (right, I think) then take the first right on Marina. From I-75 north, you have to do a little detouring to get yourself "matriculating down the road" to the south). Also, 5 hooded mergansers, hundreds of Canada geese. Charlie thought it would be remiss if we failed to mention that if you require mallards for your January list, this is a pretty good spot. Bob deserves our thanks and gratitude for driving on a day when we really should not have been out and about.

Date: 1/26/2003
Location: Watertown Yatch Club
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: Neill Cade, Jef Hays

A Horned Grebe was swimming with the Scoter and the 2 Greater Scaup

Date: 26 January 2003
Location: Watertowne Yacht Club, Taylor Park, N. KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The imm. male White-winged Scoter was still present at the Club, in close association with the 2 female Greater Scaup, and one Black Swan (1st I have seen in some time, they always seem to reappear in the dead of winter). The Long-tailed Duck was back over on the Covington side at the mouth of the Licking. Also 1 Goldeneye, 80 Ring-billed Gulls, 3 Buffleheads (at Newport on the Levee), and 1 Lesser Scaup w 9 Pied-billed Grebes (at the Chart House). The White-winged Scoter is completely dark with fine feathering reaching just short of the tip of the bill. It did not show the white wing patch until it stretched its wings.

Date: January 25, 2003, approx. 3:00PM. Sunny, cool, slight breeze.
Location: Covington/Newport, KY - confulence of Licking & Ohio rivers.
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: several

Arrived approx. 3 PM. Spoke briefly with Frank and Veronica Renfro. Frank and I recalled our first meeting in the field a few years back - it was in Ohio and we were observing at that time, (what was named an Oldsquaw), in summer plummage. Met Elizabeth Seigler [Zeigler with an "S"] 8>), on the Covington side and since I couldn't see the LT, moved to Newport where I got some good digipix. Met Jo Ann White (?) while there. Seems I can't remember names - guess I have to get a tatoo kit. Was interested in the LT and did't check out the other birds.

Good birding.

Date: 25 January 2003
Location: Ohio River, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

The winter female LONG-TAILED DUCK moved over to the Newport side of the Licking in the mid and late afternoon. It could be seen at close range from Taylor Park. There were also 11 Pied-billed Grebes and 1 Lesser Scaup at the Bellevue/Newport line by the Chart House. Here are the directions to the Watertowne Yacht Club, where the imm male White-winged Scoter and the 2 female Greater Scaup were seen today:
Take I-471 S. into KY take 1st exit and turn rt at first light (KY 8). Go through Bellevue and turn left on O'Fallon Ave which bends right to follow the river. The yacht club is about a mile up.

Date: January 25, 2003
Location: Voice of America 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Cincinnati Audubon Field Trip

13 people attended this blustery cold field trip. We missed short-eared owls, which was why we scheduled the trip so early, but did find 4 northern harriers, including 1 adult male, 1 female and 2 immatures; 1 kestrel, 2 robins, 4 horned larks, 2 mourning doves, 6 meadowlarks, 1 goldfinch, 1 starling. It's a good thing we didn't have too many more people on the field trip; we'd have run out of birds!

Date: 1/25/03
Location: Licking River, Ky; Great Miami River, Dayton, Oh; Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Oh.
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Found the f.Long-tailed Duck on the Covington side of the Licking River about 0830. Proceeded to Dayton, OH for the Ross' Goose, initially found it about 1/2 mile downriver off of North Alex Rd. below a dam south of the Marina Ave. VFW area, but it flew upriver to the VFW area shortly after. Too hard to tell with our scopes if it is a hybrid or not. Of course, then went north to the Salem Ave bridge to see only the male Harlequin Duck, which was on the west side of the river swimming in the dam spillway chute.
Then decided on Spring Valley WA near Waynesville, found many White-crowned, White-throated, Tree and Song Sparrows. Took the East trail, which follows the northern border of the marsh; where a spring flows into the marsh was able to observe a Virginia Rail at very close range; it was in the spring at a point where the trail begins to break away from it. Further down this path we also found a Brown Thrasher with a group of sparrows and Cardinals. Ran through Caesar's Creek, no open water, but plenty of small passerines at the US Army COE Visitor's center- saw 4 titmice, several towhees, plenty of chickadees and a Hairy Woodpecker, among the other expected birds.

Date: 1/25/03
Location: Batavia
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I finally happened upon the vulture roost. Thanks to some nice resident for letting me count from their deck I came up with 140, with several still in the air. Numbers were about 110 Turkey, 30 Blacks.

Date: Sat., Jan. 25, 2003
Location: Ohio River
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders: Zack and Lucas Hausrath

We saw the Long-tailed Duck this morning on both the Ohio and the Licking Rivers. Then we headed east through all the parking areas and spotted 3 Buffleheads, one Goldeneye, 3 Coots, 10 Pied-billed Grebes, 1 (which kind?) Scaup, numerous Canada Geese and Mallards. We ended up at the Watertown Yacht Club in Dayton and were puzzling over the White-winged Scoter when the Caminiti's arrived. Thanks! I dropped my very patient teens at home and went out to the Meldahl Dam on the Kentucky side. Saw a kazillion Ring-billed gulls, and that was it, BUT--on the way home, about 2 miles west on Rt. 8, I spotted an immature Bald Eagle perched on a tree above the river!! Yay! It was probably a second year bird--fair amount of white under its tail and on its back. It posed for me for a few minutes and then took flight across the river. My only regret is the boys missed it!

Date: January 25, 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton Ky.
Reporter: Kathy Caminiti
Other Birders: Joe Caminiti, Brainard Palmer-Ball, Amy Covert

After viewing the Long-tailed Duck, we went on up river to the Watertown Yacht Club. There was a nice White-winged Scoter there with two Greater Scaup.

Date: 1/25/2003
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

1 Adult/near adult Bald Eagle. The Bird got about 1/2 of the birds out of the water before it plucked a dead duck out of the water. It landed just off the open water with its kill before flying. It was chased by two RT Hawks and then landed on the ice north of the dam. It then remained eating its kill here until I left about 2.

Waterfowl species seen: Mallard, American Coot, PB Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, American Widgeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Bufflehead

Date: 1/25/2003
Location: Licking and Ohio Rivers
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

The Long-tailed Duck was still present until at least 1 PM. Most of the ice in the Licking had broken away and floated or melted away. The LT Duck was swimming halfway between the Veteran's Memorial Bridge and Ohio River. Later, it swam into the Ohio, where it was cooperative and swam closely to shore, preening. Eventually, it began diving and for about 10-15 minutes it would dive and reappear as close as 10 feet from the shore.

Otherwise, fewer birds than yesterday. About 30 RB Gull, 2 Bufflehead, 10 Canada Geese, 5 American Coot, and 30 Mallard

Date: 1-25
Location: Lost bridge Elizabethtown
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

one Bald Eagle along the river being mobbed by crows at 11AM

Date: 1-25-03
Location: Batavia Township
Reporter: Karen Grumski, MS
Other Birders:

A female pileated woodpecker making numerous holes in a tree in my back yard. She is about 5 feet off the ground and has been observed for the past hour in the same area of the woods, mostly on the same tree.

Date: 1/25/03
Location: Feeder at my house - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

With all the Fox Sparrow sightings this winter, I was wondering why I didn't see any at my feeders yet. Late this morning, I had 2 Fox Sparrows feeding under my feeders. This has been the best sparrow winter in terms of #s at my feeder ever (more White-throated, Field, and Song Sparrows than I have ever had in my yard).

Date: 25 January 2003
Location: Covington/Newport
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck still present 9:30 AM.

Date: 1/25/03@8:30a
Location: Covington, Confluence of the Licking River
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Female Long-tailed Duck was easy to see along the west shoreline.

Date: 23 January 2003
Location: Price Hill/West End Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

25,000 American Crows roosting at dusk in Price Hill, along the Mill Creek and in the West End. Please see details on message board.

Date: 1/20/2003 (Late Report)
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

All water was frozen over, only waterfowl were many, many Canada Geese. Flocks were almost always visible somewhere in the sky.
There was a Brown Thrasher on the auto route on the southbound only road of the auto route.
At least 3 Red-shouldered Hawks along Rt. 50.

Date: January 24, 2003
Location: Ohio River - downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

It was quite a surprise to see a White Pelican on the Ohio River today - I'm glad that Frank was also there and took some pictures. I was there and I still have a hard time believing it! Sometimes it pays to go out to see a rare bird (such as the Long-tailed Duck) because another one may show up as well...

Jeff Hays

Date: 1/24/2003
Location: Taylor Park; 5:00- dark
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck still present off western bank of Licking River, swimming and diving with a female Common Goldeneye. Many Ring-billed GUlls, 2 Bufflehead, 1 female Ruddy Duck, 6 Mallard, and about 20 Canada Geese

Date: January 24, 2003
Location: Dayton, West Carrollton on the Greater Miami
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Salem Street Bridge, Downtown Dayton. The male and female Harlequin Ducks are still present. Nine Hooded Mergansers, 50 mallards and about 150 Canadas, one Ring-necked Duck.
West Carrollton: Has anyone lost an Eqyptian Goose. I am not too good on this species but there seems to be an Egyptian Goose hanging out with the Ross's Goose and about 400-500 Canadas across from the VFW. While I suspect this is an escapee the field marks are consistent with the one picture I have of an Egyptian Goose although this does not appear to be full plumage. Anyone else see this bird and can confirm or correct this. I had an excellent view of the legs as it walked in the snow and did not see a leg band. Since it only walked and sat during my observation time I could not determine if there was a wing band.

Date: 1/24/03 at 3:15
Location: Covington @ Licking River/Ohio
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

The Long-tailed Duck was bobbing along really close to the shore on the Covington side. The Licking River is icing up pretty badly and the birds are being forced over to that side.

Date: 24 January 2003
Location: Covington/Newport Riverfront, Kenton Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Jeff Hayes

1 adult AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN. I went down to Covington around noon and took some photos of the winter female Long-tailed Duck. Jeff Hayes was standing on the Newport side, and began shouting and waving his hands. There was an American White Pelican! It flew from Taylor Park over the Mike Fink and past the suspension bridge. Ilost it after that - did get some photos though. Look out Dayton! - the Cincinnati Riverfront is catching up fast.

Date: 1/24/03
Location: Oakley
Reporter: Todd Gailar
Other Birders: None

First backyard Brown Creeper that I have spotted. Been visiting various trees, not feeders.

Date: January 24, 2003
Location: downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

There was a female Oldsquaw at the mouth of the Licking River this morning, along with several Goldeneye and Buffleheads.

Date: 24 January 2003
Location: Covington/Newport Riverfront Kenton/Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 LONG-TAILED DUCK, on the Ohio River between Mike Fink's in Covington and the Mouth of the Licking R.(can be seen from Taylor Park. Also 3 Bufflehead, 2 Common Goldeneye, 120 Ring-billed Gulls. There were 2 Redheads here on the 23rd.

Date: 1/23/03 - ~3:30pm
Location: OH St. Rt. 132, just South of Batavia - between Batavia and Amelia.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

~80+ Rusty Blackbirds feeding in a corn stubble field next to the road. This location is about 1.6 miles south of Batavia on St. Rt. 132. Interestingly, there were no other species of blackbird in the flock that I could see (no Starlings either).

Date: January 23, 2003
Location: Sharonville, Ohio
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Ted Ellis, long-time birder, Cincinnnati bird club member, avid naturalist, nature photographer, one of the founders of the Gilmore Ponds Conservancy, and one of the funniest, most enthusiastic, friendliest, and most engaging people I've ever met, died this morning in his home of a heart attack. Funeral arrangements are pending, but should be announced in a day or so in the local newspapers. Next time you're out birding, raise your bins or snap a photo for Ted; I imagine that's what he'd want people to do.

Date: Jan. 23, 2003, 9:00 AM
Location: Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

A winter wren was expending huge amounts of energy trying to get a seed out of a frozen bit of suet. The little fella wedged it against the track of the sliding glass door and the patio and attacked it with its bill. After a couple of minutes, he picked it up and flew to the wall a few feet away and continued to peck at it. He finally flew away--still carrying the morsel. Determined little bird!

Date: 1/20/03
Location: Sharon Woods, Hamilton County Parks
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

After a bit of sled-riding, stopped in the Visitor's Center and looked at the feeders at 2:00 pm. Not alot of birds present, but did see 3 chickadees, a male Eastern Towhee and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers. Not much in the way of shrubbery yet for security, but the birds are easy to view.

Date: 1/21/03
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Bobby Foppy,Peg Gatch,Bill Stanely, Greg Miller,Dan Sanders

11:30 this morning the White Pelican left the Little Miami River area and headed south. We didn't see it come back.

Date: 1/21/02
Location: OH, Hamilton, East Miami River Rd.
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: None

While driving on E. Miami River Rd. I noticed 2 Bald Eagles perched atop a tree right next to the river. They were seen on the opposite bank of the river from the road. Good Birding!

Date: 21 January 2003
Location: Great Miami River AM
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

The Harlequin Ducks were just down river of the spilway near the Monument St. bridge.
The Ross's Goose was just up river from VFW parking lot.
The White Pelican was just down river of spilway that is ~1/4 mile down river from VFW parking lot.

Date: 21 January 2003
Location: Intersection of Rapid Run and Neeb Road
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

1 Red shouldered hawk perched in a tree near the UDF. I saw [the same] bird yesterday evening perched at the same location.

Date: Monday, January 20, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Dayton Ohio area
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger, Jenny Lanham & Ken Howell



Today an immature American White Pelican joined the rare bird parade that has been going on in Dayton Ohio for the past week. The pelican was first seen about 3:30 pm, along the same stretch of the Great Miami River where the Ross's Goose has been frequently seen as of late (Marina Rd. park and VFW Hall, just west of I-75 exit #47 in the Moraine/West Carrollton area). The Ross's Goose was also present at that time, associating with several hundred Canada Geese. Around 3:45 all the geese (including the Ross's) took off and flew west. The pelican also had left the area sometime around then as well. My son Jack and I spent the next hour driving to many spots along the river trying to relocate either bird in vain. We returned to the origional spot (Marina Rd.) and relocated the Am. White Pelican, but not the Ross's Goose. After calling Charlotte Mathena to get the word out, we decided to go revisit the Harlequin Ducks up at the Salem Ave/Monument St. bridges in downtown Dayton. Both the male and female were still present, although farther south(south of the Salem Ave bridge) than when we first saw them on January 13th. We then returned to Marina Rd. about 5:15 pm and found the pelican in the same spot. The pelican for the most part was resting on the opposite shore across from the VFW Hall. It blended in very well with the snow and could easily have been overlooked,especially considering the size of the bird. In fact when taking ones eyes off the bird it was difficult to relocate the bird even knowing where it was. As we were about to leave Charlotte Mathena arrived and was also able to view the bird. To find this spot go north from Cincinnati on I-75 and take exit # 47. This exit does not allow you to turn left, so go up to the first light(Springboro Pike) and turn around and head back to the west, go under the I-75 underpass and turn right on the first road on your right, which is Marina Rd.

Date: 01/18/03
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

Adult female Cooper's Hawk feeding on the ground behind my feeders. Video footage obtained.
Examination of the feathers indicates this was a medium sized gray bird with brown tips on the breast feathers and brown inner edges on the primary or secondary feathers. I'm guessing starling or mourning dove.

Despite recent reports of West Nile in raptors, I continue to see Cooper's Hawks more frequently this winter than I can remember. The bird in my yard Saturday is not the same bird that I had on December 4th, as that one was an immature male. So, I have at least two Cooper's Hawks coming to my yard, and there is a frequent winter resident Cooper's sometimes perching on a lightpost at the Western Hills viaduct. I have seen others in my travels up and down I-75 lately.

Date: 1-19-03
Location: V.O.A.
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders: none

5:30 PM WENT LOOKING FOR SHORT EAR OWLS,DID NOT SEE ANY BUT DID OBSERVE A HARRIER HUNTING FOR AWHILE,ITS AMAZING HOW LOW THEY FLY AND HOVER.VERY VERY COLD.BUT IT WAS WORTH IT

Date: 1/20/2003
Location: Milford Technecenter
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There was a male Merlin perched in a tree in the parking lot at my office this morning.

Date: 1/19/03
Location: Lost Bridge, Elizabethtown area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Common Goldeneye 1,Canada Goose 250, Ring-billed Gull 30,

In the gravel pit pond east of the road that crosses the river on the way to Shawnee Lookout Park. This is east on Lawrenceburg Road, which crosses Rt 50 in Elizabethtown at the traffic light.

Along the river:

Great Blue Heron 1,Red-tailed Hawk 2 (seemed to be a pair), Am. Robin 2, E. Bluebird 4.

Perched in a tree along the road to the power plant:

Black Vulture 1

At the railroad bridge across the river east on Rt 50.

Belted Kingfisher 2

Belted Kingfisher is #94 for Ohio in January.

Date: 1/19/03
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Tried for sparrows this morning.

8 White-crowned Sparrows
30 Tree Sparrows
15 White-throated Sparrows
10 Song Sparrows
20 Swamp Sparrows


Other birds. Am. Ketrel 1, N. Mockingbird 2, Flicker 1, several Am. Robins.

Otherwise very cold with not many birds

The White-crowned Sparrow makes 93 species for Ohio in January.

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Location: Dayton & Cincinnati
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

I dipped on the Ross's Goose this afternoon, in spite of looking both upstream and downstream from the usual spot. One consolation, though, was a male light phase Rough-leg, over I-275 at Colerain Avenue.

Date: January 19, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I was clearly at the wrong end of the Great Miami River this morning, but there were 5 killdeer between the low dam south of Columbia Bridge and the high stink of the water treatment plant by Riverside Natural Area. 1 ring-necked duck, 1 coot. 300+ Canada geese, 200+ mallards, 3 horned larks. I drove the roads around the Stricker's Grove area and Renck's nursery on 128 for a spell, but couldn't locate any flocks of larks or longspurs. There is, however, a "Meanest Man" contest coming up on February 28 at Stricker's, so mark your calendars for that, I guess.

There was a winter wren at Gilmore Ponds yesterday.

Date: 1/19/03
Location: Great Miami River Dayton area
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Dave Whiteley. Nick. .... and Bob Lacker and (at the Ross's)

Dave and I made the short trip up north today. PB Grebe, 1 GB Heron, 2 Mute Swans, 1000++ Ca Geese, 1 Ross's Goose, Lotsa Mallards, 40 or so Blacks, 10+ Gadwall, 10+ Widgeon, at least 1 N Shoveler, 2 GW Teal, 3 Canvasback, 6 Redhead, 50 or so Ring necked Ducks, 2 Harlequins, 3 Common Goldeneye, 30 or so Hooded Mergs, RB Gulls, 3 Kingfisher, and 1 E Meadowlark. We birded as far north as the Harlequin and south to the Ross's Goose. The Goose was further south than previously reported. Turn right out of the street where the VFW is, Marina I think, go down 2 intersectoions and turn right, down a half mile or so there was a large flock of Geese present on the other side of the river. There the Goose sat. Nick had told us it had flown in while he was there. He had been there 2 hours and it was just before noon. So be sure to check all the large flocks of geese as there are geese scattered everywhere!

Date: jan. 19th 2003
Location: North bound 75 and union centre road
Reporter: Troy Shivley
Other Birders:

Today there was a peregrine sitting on a wire near where union centre road meets 75. I didn't have much time look while driving, but this was a fairly dark bird. Also had a black vulture flying over while crossing the Ohio river on Route 75.

Date: 19 January 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

3 male and 3 female Greater Scaup - all field marks noted at close range (green iridescence on rounded head, wide bill with prominent black nail, white wingstripe extending well into primaries, etc.) Also 3 Pied-billed Grebes, 1 imm. male Lesser Scaup, 1 female Hooded Merganser, 40 Ring-billed Gulls, 15 Song Sparrows and 9 Dark-eyed Juncos. A side note on the Moraine, OH Ross' Goose - I was wondering about the "grin patch", which was undoubtedly present. David Dister confirmed that this can be present in some Ross' - I have seen this before in one that was at Bowling Green, KY several years ago.

Date: 1/18/03
Location: More on Ross's Goose
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

After looking at Bob Royse's excellent photos of Ross's Goose and Lesser Snow Goose on the internet, I believe that the possible "grin" mark that I thought I saw on the bird in Dayton was just shadow between the upper and lower mandibles due to the poor light. For those interested his photos can be found at http://www.roysephotos.com/

Date: 1/18/03
Location: Dayton: Harlequin Ducks, Ross's Goose
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

I arrived in Dayton at 3:30 pm in time to see the male and female Harlequin Ducks, diving in the swift current just below the dam. Met two local birders who had just seen the Ross's Goose, and got directions to the new location. I arrived at Marina Street near the VFW and small park at about 3:45-4:00 pm. It took about five scans of the flock of Canada Geese to find the bird. It blended in with the snow very well when it had its head tucked in. Got a few not very good digital images which show that the bird is about half the size of the Canada Geese. Head and bill shape, and the thick short neck are right, but in the fading light and cloud cover, the "grin" seemed a tad more distinct than I remembered from past sightings, but the light was not great. Not 100% certain that what I saw was "little to no grin" as stated in Sibley. I will probably try again sometime this weekend in better light.

With the Harlequin Ducks and the Ross's Goose my Ohio January list stands at 92, with 13 days remaining.

Date: 1/18/03
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

After Camp Dennison, on the way to East Fork, saw a Cooper's Hawk jsut south of Batavia on Rt 222. I went to the South Beach at EFSP to look for waterfowl, specifically the Common Loon, reported by Hank Armstrong last week, but no luck. I did find two Double-crest Cormorants, one adult and one immature, a good find for this location in such a cold January day. Other waterfowl at EFSP Lake were.

Pied-billed Grebe 5, Common Merganser 2 (female, imm.), Common Goldeneye 2, Hooded merganser 3, scaup species, probably Lesser 9, Gadwall 8, Mallard 500, Black Duck 20 (estimate), Canada Geese 500.

Great Blue Heron 2, looking frozen.

The Common Mergansers were in the very northwest corner of the lake along some ice pack, and were seen from the saddle dam road. The Common Goldeneye were along the shore opposite the boat ramp accessed from the road to the saddle dam. Both are relatively good birds for EFSP in January, but they are probably here due to the cold.

Stopped by Ginny Fantetti's feeders and found two Red-headed Woodpeckers, two Fox Sparrows, and one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, just as Ginny reported here several days ago. There were 4 Rufous-sided Towhees visible at one time.

I left the East Fork area with an Ohio January species list of 90, having added Double-crested Cormorant, Red-headed Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Spasucker.

Date: 1/18/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: No One Crazy Enough!!

I started this frigid day (1F) early at just about sunrise. There were two coyotes out on the ice opposite the area where the buildings were taken down. I was parked on the concrete pad when I saw them. I stayed at Camp Dennison for about 1.5 hours scanning the geese and ducks from several angles, looking for the Snow Goose reported by Hank Armstrong and the blue phase Snow Goose seen last weekend by Neill Cade, but no luck. I did find two Mute Swans. There are now two areas of open water. One is in the south pond/impoundment, and in the early morning is best viewed from the south berm, accessed from the park. You might want to get there a little later than I did. There was fog/mist rising from this open water in the frigid air, which made it difficult to see all the birds. However, when the sun clears the trees and the air temperature rises to maybe 10F+, the mist disapates. I did not find the Red-necked Grebe. The second is on the west side of the area between the old asphalt plant and the engineering building and parking lot. I was able to view this area early in the morning only by parking at the gate at the old asphalt plant entrance and walking north along the road. One can get a quick view of this area by walking up to the top of the grassy hill along the road overlooking this area, but stay outside the No Trespassing signs. In the afternoon this open water can be viewed from the parking lot by the engineering building.

There is still a diverse mix of waterfowl present. Pied-billled Grebes, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Pintail, and of course Canada Geese. The Mute Swans were in the second area of open water close to the road.

In the quest for 100 species in Ohio in January, Mute Swan was #86.

Date: 01-18-03
Location: GMR, Germantown Reserve
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

The Harlequin Ducks and Ross's Goose were still present in Dayton as of 3:30 p.m. today.

I then went to the nature center at Germantown Reserve. There was one Red-bellied Woodpecker when I got there but within 10 minutes the whole area was swarming with birds. Highlights were Fox Sparrow and "Oregon" Junco. Eastern Towees were numerous.

Date: 8 January 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Montgomery Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 1 ROSS' GOOSE. Oops! make that 2003 - see previous posting for details.

Date: 18 January 2002
Location: Great Miami River at Dayton and Moraine, OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

The pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS and the ROSS' GOOSE were both still present today. The Halequin Ducks were along the river between the Salem Ave and Monument St. Bridge. They were very active, in perfect plumage and a bit skittish. No indication that they are of anything but wild origin. Later, they swam under the Monument St. bridge and over to the tumultuous rapids under the low dam, where they dove repeatedly into the most turbulent part of the overflow. There were lots of (20+) Hooded Mergansers there as well. It took a second trip to the location on Marina Rd. to see the Ross' Goose, although we did see an Egyptian Goose on the first try. When we returned, David Dister (the original discoverer of the Ross') had the bird scoped out as it munched on the grass on the opposite bank of the river in front of "pump #14" with about 500 Canada Geese. This location can be reached from Exit 47 off of I-75, but one has to do bit of a turn around after the first intersection,if you are coming from northbound I-75. You want to go South (and West) on Dixie Hwy over the river. Turn right on your first opportunity on Marina Rd. there is a small park just up ahead on the left, with a perfect view the river (and the geese).

Date: Jan 18, 2003
Location: Mt. Carmel, OH
Reporter: Dick Raynor
Other Birders:

Massive activity at our deck feeders today. Along with the usual visitors, we were amazed to see 6 Eastern Blubirds - a first in over 25 years here! They have been here all day. Hope they'll be regulars.

Also, a few days ago we spotted a coyote wandering through the woods behind our house - another first. Later he come right up to our deck and sniffed around, within just a few feet of our kitchen window.

Date: Jan. 18
Location: Little Miami R. north of Beechmont
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

Morning highlights were a juvenile bald eagle, two pipits, and eight hooded mergansers. Also 20 deer and a coyote.

Date: January 16th, 2003
Location: Kingfisher Trail in Winton Woods, Hamilton County Park District
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Larry Rankin

On the upper section of Kingfisher Trail, in a small area near the northeast corner of the trail at approximately 2:30 PM, we observed a wonderful mixed flock of birds that included 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 6 or 7 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 3 Brown Creepers, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1 Eastern Bluebird (beautiful adult male), 1 Northern Mockingbird (in the second-growth woods!), 20 American Goldfinches, 7 Carolina Chickadees, 4 Northern Cardinals, and 5 American Robins. These birds were all feeding in fairly close proximity, in an area of about 40-50 square yards, which made for nonstop birding action. I can't recall recently seeing a Mockingbird this deep into a woodland. We surmised that due to the cold temperatures, snowpack, and wind, the mockingbird was conserving energy and feeding with the mixed flock. Anyone else findng Mockingbirds back in the woods? Elsewhere along the trail we saw 2 Carolina Wrens and 2 Mourning Doves.

Date: 1/17/03 5pm
Location: SR 28 near 275
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Another Vulture roosting question. Has anyone seen any vultures in number in the camp dennison/milford/eastern indian hill area in the late evening? Today at the above intersection, in the 3 mins I was there I had 12 TV's spaced out heading westbound without much daylight left. Who knows how many more had passed before or after. Also a Coopers Hawk sitting near the intersection.

Date: 1-17-03
Location: E. Walnut Hills
Reporter: Linda Wallpe
Other Birders:

The feeders were very active today. 7 pairs of cardinals at one time, a dozen juncos and white throated sparrows, Mouring Doves. A Carolina Wren, a couple chickadees and a Downy Woodpecker were on the suet ball.
All the activity attracted a Cooper's Hawk. He fluffed and preened for perhaps 15 minutes, in two locations, before taking off.

Date: 1-15-3
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Bill Leaman
Other Birders:

One adult Bald Eagle

Date: January 15, 2003
Location: Clermont County Backyard near East Fork
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

Juvenile Bald Eagle (headed towards lake), Red-Headed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. At feeders: 2 Fox Sparrows, 5 Eastern Towhees with other usual feeder birds. The Bald Eagle was a first-time flyover, but the other birds have been regular for the last few weeks -- I have had as many as 7 Towhees at one time at the feeders.

Date: 1/16/2003
Location: Backyard
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Finally saw my backyard's first White-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco for the season.

I've also had quite a few birds drinking out of the small unfrozen part of our pond.

Date: Thursday January 16,2003
Location:
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Due to the snow , the January Cincinnati Bird Club meeting has been cancelled. Since the program was to be the very popular Members Slide Show, it will be the program at a future Bird Club meeting. Check your upcoming newsletters and the postings at this website for further information. Sorry for any inconvieniences!

Date: 1/16/03
Location: Clermont County backyard near Ohio river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders:

I've got a grackle at my feeders. I thought they went South for the winter.

Date: 15 January, 2003
Location: Great Miami River, Morraine
Reporter: Ken Beers
Other Birders: None

There is a Ross's Goose on the Great Miami River in Morraine, Ohio just south of Dayton.

The goose is small, about 2/3 the size of a Canada goose. It is pure white, with black flight feathers and small orange bill. The gray patches at the base of the bill were easily seen with my scope.

The goose is associated with a large flock of Canada geese. It was first reported on Jan. 11 north of the Sellars Rd. bridge. When I saw it yesterday it was about 1/4 mile south of that bridge, easily seen from Marina Rd. in Morraine.

Marina Rd. is a very short street that runs parallel to the freeway off-ramp (Exit 47 from I-75 SOUTH from Dayton). It runs between the freeway and the river. The road ends at a VFW post. The Ross's goose was directly across the river from the VFW buildings. There is a very small park with picnic tables on the near side of the river where you can set up a scope.

If you can't see the Ross's goose at first, be patient... It was hunkersd down on the bank for a while yesterday, and was easily obscured from view by the larger Canada geese!

Date: 15 January 2003
Location: Meldahl Dam, Bracken Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Oops! Forgot my scope, but I don't think I missed anything. 700 Ring-billed Gulls, 8 Pied-billed Grebes - that was it.

Date: 1/14/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Very little water is still open. But the water that is open is filled with waterbirds. I did not find the Red necked Grebe anywhere, I did though find 25+ Pied billed. Lots of Coots, Geese, 40 or so Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 3 Hooded Mergs, 1 male Canvasback, 30 RB Gulls. There may be more as it was freezing cold and I had only 5 mins to scan on the way to work.

Date: 1/14/2003 4:00-4:30 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Unfortunately, the Merlin was not in evidence today. Our brief excursion through the cemetery did turn up a Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets and four sparrow species at the Woodlot feeder: Song, White-throated, Fox, and Dark-eyed Junco. The concentration of activity around the feeder stood in stark contrast to the dearth of movement in the remainder of the cemetery.

One note: there is construction activity outside the main entrance on Spring Grove Avenue. You can squeeze by to get in the cemetery, but must follow a detour to the Deitloff Funeral area gates (further south on Spring Grove) to exit the cemetery.

Date: 1/14/2003 1:00-1:40 PM
Location: Salem Ave. Bridge, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Larry Peavler (Indianapolis)

The pair of Harlequin Ducks are still present. They favor the fast current from the rapids just noeth of the Monument Ave. and Salem Ave. bridges. The male is moderately colorful but doesn't look like a full-blown adult in breeding plumage.

Today they were keeping company with 2 Great Blue Herons, 75 Canada Geese, 60 Mallards, 3 Black Ducks, 10 Hooded Mergansers, 40 Ring-billed Gulls, 7 Herring Gulls, and 2 Belted Kingfishers. Further downstream, by Moraine Airpark, Jason and I added Gadwall, Eastern Bluebird, and Hairy Woodpecker to the list. En-route we had 5 Red-tailed Hawks, 6 American Kestrels, and one Killdeer (flyover at Middletown exit).

Date: 1/10/03 8:00am
Location: Clermont Co-in Laurel east of New Richmond
Reporter: Andrea Scheidler
Other Birders:

Sorry for the late posting, on my way into work I saw a short-eared owl on Laurel-Pt Isabel Rd. Haven't seen the bird since. Beautiful bird!

Date: 1/14/03
Location: VOA
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Like Scott Reeves, three times is a charm. This is the third time I have tried for these birds. Tonight between 4:45 and 5:00 pm two Short-eared Owls were hunting. One owl "tangled" briefly with one of the two N. Harriers there hunting. The two owls also flew at each other briefly, meeting at the apex of their approach. Beautiful birds. The area where these two were hunting tonight is east of the pavilion and turn left (north at the next intersection) and go north toward the blue Porta-potty. The birds were first seen just north of the of the blue PP on the west side of the road, but were also flying around this area on both sides of the road and attempting to catch prey. Great show!! By the way, this sighting makes 85 birds for January, 2003.

Date: 1/13/03
Location: Grackles: I71 just North of Ronald Reagan Highway
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Last evening at about 6:15 pm I saw the large flock of grackles crossing I71 just north of Ronald Reagan Highway. they were still heading northwest. This is probably the same flock reported by Bob Foppe and Jeff Hays. I suspect that this flock is roosting in Sharon Woods Park.

I saw a similar flock on Sunday evening, 1/12/03, at about 5:30 pm at Camp dennison heading northwest. I noticed two sizes of birds in that flock, the smaller ones being Red-winged Blackbirds. However, the flock was predominantly grackles.

Date: 1-13-03
Location: Great Miami River just north of the Salem Ave. Bridge. See other sightings for directions.
Reporter: Jim Clapp
Other Birders: Jay & Jack Stenger, Sheila Adams

The male and female Harlequin ducks are still there as of 5:30PM on the 13th.

Date: January 12 & 13
Location: Great Miami River at Dayton
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: many

Sue Tackett found a male and a female Harlequin Duck on the Great Miami River at Dayton yesterday (Jan. 12). They are still being seen as of late afternoon today. Take I-75 north to the Salem Avenue exit. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp, then bear right across the bridge. Turn right at the first light after crossing the river, and park the first chance you get. The birds have been seen between the Salem Avenue bridge and the next bridge north, and also north of the second bridge.

Date: 1/13/03 1730-1755
Location: VOA park
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Good news and bad news at the VOA. The good news is that on my 3rd visit I was finally able to find the previously reported short-eared owls. Three of them were up and flying when I entered the park.
As I drove to the soccer field area I saw a fourth bird sitting in the middle of the soccer field feasting on a rodent. It was too dark for digital photography but the views were excellent.

The bad news - on the way out I found a very hungry-looking great horned owl perched in a hardwood. Ironic that while I wring my hands about encroaching development threatening the owls future at the site, the most imminent threat is from another member of class Aves.

Date: January 12, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 great blue herons, 10 Canada geese, 2 black duck, 200+ mallards, red-tailed hawk (all behind Hamilton Fixture on Symmes Road, which was the only open water in the area). 1 kestrel, 2 mourning doves, 1 red-bellied woodpecker, 2 downy, 3 chickadee, 2 brown creeper, 3 Carolina wrens, 1 winter wren, 12 robins, 3 mockingbirds, 10 cardinals, 20 tree sparrows, 20+ song, 30+ white-throated, 2 rusty blackbirds, 2 goldfinch. While looking for the winter wren I found that last summer the local beavers dismantled the two stick lodges they built in 1996 and used the sticks and logs to rebuild another lodge 20 yards from the old site, atop a couple large cottonwoods that weather and beaver had conspired to take down.

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2003
Location: Hueston Woods SP (Acton Lake)
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Joe Bens, Ned Keller & Jack Stenger


Acton Lake about 80% frozen. Only open water was on the extreme southeast side of lake near the dam. During our short visit all of the waterfowl we saw were resting on the ice, out in front of the marina in the northern section of the lake. Some of the species seen and ~ numbers included; Great Blue Heron 1, Canada Goose 250, Am. Black Duck 20, Mallard 300, Gadwall 70, Greater Scaup 1, Black Vulture 4 and Ring-billed Gull 50.

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2003
Location: Brookville Reservoir, Indiana
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Joe Bens, Ned Keller, Jack Stenger


A suprisingly good day, even though we could not find the recently reported Little Gull. In fact we saw no Bonaparte's Gulls either, even though we searched the lake pretty thoroughly. Some of the birds and ~ numbers we did see include; Pied-billed Grebe 40, Great Blue Heron 4, swan species 1 (seen at a great distance, even our scopes failed to give us a clue as to species), Canada Goose 40, Am. Black Duck 30, Mallard 450, Gadwall 30, Greater Scaup 4, Lesser Scaup 20, Long-tailed Duck 1, Common Goldeneye 85, Bufflehead 40, Hooded Merganser 80, Common Merganser 4, Ruddy Duck 6, Black Vulture 4, Bald Eagle 3 (all adults), Red-Shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 8, Am. Kestrel 8, Wild Turkey 3, Killdeer 8, Ring-billed Gull 1000~, Herring Gull 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Horned Lark 14, E. Bluebirds 8, E. Meadowlark 1. In addition Paul Wharton told me he had 5 Bald Eagles (2 Ad/3 Im) & several Am. Pipits (but no Little or Bonaparte's Gulls) on his visit to Brookville on Saturday 1/11/03. The lake is partially frozen (north end entirely frozen) but much water remains open, and many birds are present.

Date: 1/11/03
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

One female Bufflehead

One Great-horned Owl, both seen and heard

Date: 1/11/03
Location: Miami Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Last night near Meijers on SR 28, I saw a flock of about 8k Common Grackles headeding in the direction of Camp Dennison which as a Grackle flies is about 2 miles. Has anyone seen a large roost anywhere near Montgomery maybe??

Date: 12 January 2003
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

The Red necked Grebe was still in the south pit.The highlite of the morning though was the ~15,000 Common Grackle's seen at 7:45 AM flying west to east over the pits.This was truly an amazing site.This # is interesting if you look at Jay Stenger's post in December 2002 on Grackle #s for the CBC in Cincinnati.

Date: 1/11/2003
Location: VOA Park
Reporter: Marc Alverson
Other Birders: Cindy Alverson

We saw 2 short-eared owls flying around the north section of the park at around 5:00 pm.

Date: 1/11/2003
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Red-necked Grebe still there at 5:20 PM.pecies that I missed).

Date: January 9
Location: Little Miami floodplain n. of beechmont
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

No short-eared owls yet this year, but there was a merlin hunting the area this afternoon.

Date: 1/9/03
Location: Target/Kroger Parking lot - St Rt. 125 Cherry Grove, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: My mother (not birder)

A Merlin was chasing after a bunch of Starlings in the parking lot of Kroger in Cherry Grove this afternoon. A very very fast moving bird caught my eye out of a flock of scattering Starlings. It was a dark bird. Its flight was way too powerful to be a Kestrel - very quick wing beats. The bird flew in front of us and quickly disappeared behind the buildings. All we could see was just a blur while the bird was close.

Although I did not see the bird perched, I am confident in calling it a Merlin. I have seen many Merlins almost daily while I was in Canada this past Sept-Oct and during that time I was able to study their flight and behavior.

Date: 1/9/03@3:30p
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

As Jason reported, the Merlin is back. I watched it perched on top left side of Section 33, preening. It appeared to be a male but I saw no peachy wash. It stretched out both legs several times and although I have no scope, I feel safe saying there were no bands.

Date: 1/9/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery 10:15 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

A very productive day out in the field this morning. First and foremost I'm happy to report that the MERLIN is back. I saw this bird about 10:30 and it flew into a tree in section 19 right next to the main lake. As I walked toward it to get a better look, it took off. I watched it land in a pine tree right next to a tree marked Section 35. This pine tree is also right behind a tombstone marked Gallagher. It took off from there minutes later and then I refound it flying around by the bird feeder in the Woodland Area marked on the map of the cemetery. It looked as though it was flying in the direction of its normal roosting tree. Here is a rundown of other species seen (Highlights are in caps): 1 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Geese, 22 Mallards, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER( I think it was a confused bird. It definitely isn't in the right habitat. Ironically, it was flying around the spot the Merlin usually is.), 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 American Kestrels, 1 MERLIN, 30 Rock Doves, 2 Mourning Doves, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 5 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flickers, 1 Pileated Woodpeckers, 10 Blue Jays, 15 American Crows, 2 HERMIT THRUSHES, 120 American Robins, 5 Nothern Mockingbirds, 30 European Starlings, 5 White-breasted Nuthatches, 10 Brown Creepers (these little guys were all over), 3 Carolina Wrens, 1 WINTER WREN, 25 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 25 Carolina Chickadees, 5 Tufted Titmice, 30 House Sparrows, 5 American Goldfinches, 1 PURPLE FINCH (a male bird sitting in top of a sycamore tree right next to the main lake), 4 House Finches, 3 Song Sparrows, 15 White-throated Sparrows, 50 Dark-eyed Juncos, 20 Northern Cardinals. GOOD BIRDING!!

Date: 1/9/03
Location: Landmark Church
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders:

Maleand female red tails perched on a pole near the soccer fields.1 Kildeer bt the back entrance to Glendale

Date: January 8, 2003
Location: Crooked Run Nature preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

Ruffed grouse along the trail near the bird blinds. An injured Common Loon has been seen in Crooked Run and out on the Ohio River. Seems to have a bad leg.

Date: January 8, 2003
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon L. Seymour
Other Birders: none

Stopped about 4:30pm at the partially flooded Oxbow while on errands. Two great blue herons were in close. I could see hundreds of ducks circling the southern part of the oxbow. I will try tomorrow to walk in further and see if I can get a count and some species

Date: 1/8/03
Location: Batavia 415ish
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Good numbers of vultures at SR 32 and SR 222. 45 Turkey and 15 Blacks in the 5 mins I was there and birds were flying into join the flock the whole time. Does anyone know where their roost is? Just curious how many birds there actually are. Also a Red shoulder Hawk and a Kingfisher along the river.

Date: 1/7/02
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: None

On January 7th, I watched 12 Tundra Swans flying next to the Little Miami River. I was riding over the small cement bridge right before the intersection of Harrison and 1-28 when I saw them. GOOD BIRDING!

Date: 1/8/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Edie Lott- Bill Hull

Red-necked Grebe is still at the lake. Other birds seen were Pied-billed Grebe, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, A. Widgeon, Black Duck, Mallard, N. Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck.

Date: 1/6/03 845
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

The Red-necked Grebe was still present through the snow. The 10 min stop also yielded my high count on GW Teal so far this winter with 12. Also 2 GC Kinglets in the park.

Date: 1/5/2003, 3 45- 500
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Dan Sanders, Greg Miller

Sorry, I did not count birds, but in addition to the Red-necked Grebe were (in varying numbers) Pied billed Grebe, Common Merganser, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Canada Geese, Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, and American Coot. There was a Brown Creeper on the trail in the small park at CD, and an American Kestrel off 126.

Date: 1/5/03 5pm
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Greg Miller and Dan Sanders

I just recieved an email that Greg Miller and Dan Sanders of Columbus saw the bird from 430-5pm. Also they had 2 Brown Thrashers in Camp Dennison.

Date: January 5, 2003
Location: Voice of America 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2, maybe 3, short-eared owls. They flew up out of the northwest corner of the park and moved off to the eastern portion near the ball diamonds.

Date: 1/05/03 Mid Afternoon
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: Ken Beers, Sam Corbo

Left home to drive 40 miles to the CDGP, didn't get 3 miles when I realised my scope wasn't in the trunk of my new car! Darkness would come sooner than I wanted, so I plunged ahead - BIG mistake!

Arrived at the gravel pits with only my binocs. Immediately met up with Ken Beers from the Dayton, OH area. He had been there for about 30 min. and had seen the Red-necked Grebe in the southernmost pond - lucky (?) stiff had a scope. Was not aware that the pits were so far from the viewing areas.
Moved down to Cunningham St at the pull-off and met up with Sam Corbo. Stayed at the pull-off and spotted a Coopers Hawk in a tree on the edge of the drop-off to the pits. That was it!

Granville

Date: 1/4/03
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

The "scrape area" was filled with waterfowl that were still streaming in when I left at 4:40p. 8+ Pintails, 20+ Black ducks, one GW teal, mallards and Canadas. Right in the middle on one of the Buttonwood shrubs sat an immature Northern Harrier.

Date: 5 Jan 2003
Location: Brookville Lake, Fairfield Causeway
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

The Little Gull was still present this afternoon at 4:30. It seemed to be settling in with the Bonapartes' (rafting up for the night?). I suspect the bird will still be there tomorrow morning. Among other birders seeing the bird today was Don Gorney (see his detailed post on "IN-BIRD"). To my knowledge this is the first Whitewater River Valley record for the gull. Don G. also reported Dunlin (2) and Long-tailed Duck (1 female) that were seen while he and Lee Casebere were observing the Little Gull. I had Pied-billed Grebe (21), Bufflehead (14) and Canvasback (2) this pm.

Date: 1/5/2003
Location: Brookville Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Correction to preceding post : was just typing up my field notes from this afternoon when I noticed I used the term "inner wing linings" in my description of the little gull. What exactly inner wing linings are I am not quite sure although I did type it - I think "underwings" might be the more appropriate terminology. All together now - think first, type second.

Confusion notwithstanding it is a little gull and its underwings are very dark.

Date: 1/5/03
Location: Brookville Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Indiana birder Bill Buskirk found a little gull at the Fairfield Causeway at Brookville Lake yesterday.

I made the trek over there today and was able to refind it this morning at about 11AM. The bird is a winter adult with very dark inner wing linings which make it fairly easy to pick out among the 60 or so Bonaparte's gulls feeding and flying with it. On the water it is a different story with the best character at a distance being the absence of any black in the primary tips of the little.

To reach the site take IN 101 to the Causeway Rd. turnoff (clearly marked). Drive over the causeway and park on the west side. Looking northeast, scan the gulls close to the shore. Although the gulls are distant, with patience fairly good loooks can be obtained.

Date: 1/5/03 1115
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Ned Keller when I was leaving

The Red-necked Grebe was still present in the southern most pit, close to the western edge.

Date: 1/5/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Ned Keller when I was leaving

The Red-necked Grebe was still present in the southern most pit, close to the western edge.

Date: January 5, 2003
Location: Voice of America 8:00 am
Reporter: Bob Lacker
Other Birders:

One Short-eared Owl flushed while walking on the path near the middle grouping of large concrete pillars in the northwest section of the park. Two Northern Harriers patrolling the field overhead at the same time.

Date: 1/4/03 pm
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Jay Lehman, Neill and Jason Cade

The Red-necked Grebe was still present as of 230pm. Bird was and has been in the southern most pit the whole time. This afternoon the bird spent much of time with its head tucked as opposed to the morning with its head tucked unlike this morning when it was constantly diving.
If you go see this bird PLEASE do not go down into the pits. Stay behind all no trespassing signs and stay away from the houses in the area. There was a resident that thought a scope could be used for looking in their windows. For anyone not familar with the whole gravel pit issue, the village of Indian Hill recently purchased them and are in the process of deciding exactly what to do with them. Meaning who will manage the property not what they are going to build on it. Hopefully nothing.
Back to birds, here is the pm list with a little am thrown in.
12 PB Grebe,1 RN Grebe,50+ Mallards, 2 Black Ducks, 15 Gadwall, 6 GW Teal,25 A Widgeon, 6 N Pintail, 15 N Shovelers, 3 Canvasback, 40 Ring necked, 12 Bufflehead, 1 Common Merg, 10 Hooded Mergs, 12 Ruddy, 1 Cooper's Hawk (am)1 Red tailed Hawk, 300 Coots, 13 Ring billed Gulls, 1 Red bellied WP, 2 N Flicker (am), 1 Downy, 1 Hairy, Blue Jay, A Crow, 6 C Chickadees, 2 C Wrens, E Bluebird, A Robins, 3 N Mockingbirds, Song Sp, WT Sp, Cardinals, DE Junco, and 4 Goldfinch.

Date: 1/4/03
Location: Milford Parkway
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: none

The floodplain behind Milford Showcase was just that, flooded. Birds in there were about 140 Canada Geese (60 or so were not of the Giant race), 35 Mallards, and 5 Blacks. Something that may be worth a quick check the next coulple of days.

Date: 01/04/03
Location: Gorman Heritage Farm and Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I was supposed to lead a bird walk at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale today but nobody showed up so I decided to head up to Gilmore Ponds (I now wish I had gone to Camp Dennison... who knew?).

Birds at Gorman Heritage Farm while waiting for participants 8 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.:

Canada Goose 9, Mourning Dove 1, Northern Flicker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, American Crow 3, American Robin 1, Carolina Chickadee 1, European Starling 5, and Song Sparrow 1.

En route Evendale, OH to Gilmore Ponds:

Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1.

Gilmore Ponds 8:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.:

Great Blue Heron 1, Canada Goose 255, Mallard 606, Am. Black Duck 15, Northern Pintail 6, Green-winged Teal 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 (ad. f), Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 2, Mourning Dove 4, Northern Flicker 3, Downy Woodpecker 2, American Robin 24, Northern Mockingbird 7, European Starling 39, Carolina Chickadee 6, Carolina Wren 7, Field Sparrow 1, FOX SPARROW 1, White-throated Sparrow 65, Song Sparrow 19, Swamp Sparrow 8, Northern Cardinal 9, Euphagus sp. 22, and House Finch 22.


Date: January, 4th, 2003
Location: Camp Dennison RED NECKED GREBE!
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Dave Whitely, Mike and Jack Busam, Bob Lacker

Just returned from Camp Dennison where the Dave Whitely and I found a rather unusal looking large bird. (I had never seen a RN, Dave had in breeding plumage I believe) Our intial observations were that is was a fairly big bird, similar to the widgeon that was next to it. The bird was very long necked, had white under its throat and was constantly diving. After leaving for 5 mins to retrieve a book, we could not locate the bird leaving us to question our identity. By the way it was about 8am, so the light was not that great. We moved vantage points (to the park where we ran into Mike, Jack, and Bob).
From this vantage point we could see the bird again, and now with three more sets of eyes we put the final name to the bird. When the lighting got better a reddish tint to the neck was noticable, a very long yellow bill, and definatly larger than a Pied billed that was right in front of it. Other birds in the area were basically identical to my post 2 days ago with the exception of 2 Pintails being present.

Date: 1/3/03
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Hamilton Riverside Area, Winton Woods
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Gilmore Ponds
Many, many Mallards, and nearly as many Canadian Geese. About 3 Pintail, 5 Black Duck on Cattail Marsh. Smartweed Flats held some open water, and about a dozen Mallards were on it. South of South Pond, in the grove of shorter trees/bushes, there was a mixed flock of finches, containing Song, American Tree, and White-throated Sparrow.

Hamilton Riverside Area held about 40= Geese, 10 or so Mallards, about 10 Ring-billed Gulls, and a lone Great Blue Heron.

Winton Woods Lake was very high, up over the harbor walkway (benches were partially submerged. However, the Lake was empty, except for a pair of Great Blue Herons and another small group of Mallards. A pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets were behind the Winton Center.

Date: 1/2/3
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Not a huge number of birds at the pits.
12 PB Grebes, 7 Canada Geese, 40 Mallards, 20 Gadwall, 20 A Widgeon, 13 Shovelers, 6 GW Teal, 3 Canvasback, ~100 Ring necked, 15 Bufflehead, 10 Hooded Mergs, 1 Common Merg, 8 Ruddy Ducks, ~200 Coots,12 RB Gulls, 1 Mockingbird, 1 each Hairy, Downy, Flicker, and Pileated.

Date: january 3 2003
Location: rapid run backyard
Reporter: kathy
Other Birders:

Hairy Woodpecker red-bellied woodpecker downy woodpecker ysllow-bellied sapsucker amarican crow common grackel european staeting chickadee bluejay tufted titmouse cardinal northern mockingbird goldfinch purple finch house finch cowbird carolina wren house sparrow white throated sparrow americam robin white breasted nuthatch red breasted nuthatch mourning dove pigeon merlin cooper hawk dark eyed junco red-tailed hawk

Date: January 2, 2003
Location: Miami Heights
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

The Indigo Bunting was back again this afternoon. I have some less than spectacular photos at http://w3.one.net/~zt.keller/cincybirds/goodbird/Photos/.

Date: January 1, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

500+ Canada geese, 500+ mallard, 8 black duck, 2 pintail, 2 great blue herons. 1 each northern harrier (juvenile), Cooper's hawk, red-tailed hawk, and belted kingfisher. One flock of 75+ rusty blackbirds with 1 red-winged blackbird in the woods behind the Hamilton Center. There's more water in Gilmore Ponds than I've ever seen there in January. The Canal dike is flooded and the gravel pit overflowed into West Pond. There is a lot of water behind Hamilton Fixture and east of Bypass 4 along the Mill Creek all the way to Route 747. Everything is downright ducky at present.

Date: January 1, 2003
Location: Mitchell Forest; Bridgetown Road
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

Crummy weather notwithstanding, Kathy and I got out for an hour or so at Mitchell around noon today. The only noteworthy bird was a Hermit Thrush near the pond on Thunder Road. As expected this winter, we did not find Red-breasted Nuthatch or Pine Siskin.

Back at home, though, there was a surprise - winter male Indigo Bunting, at the feeder (but in the binoculars for only 15 seconds or so).

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