Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat
 

 

A.S.O. Website Home

 

Archive Home Page

 

Sightings Log Archive

Sightings Database

Cincinnatibirds.com Birding Archive

Sightings Log Archive: April 2003 - May 2003

Date: May 31,2003
Location: Western Hamilton and Butler counties
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

I was out finding homes for a few of Raptor Inc's orphan kestrels today. I have been putting up a series of kestrel boxes in appropriate habitat in western Hamilton, Butler, and Franklin Cty. in Indiana, and have had very good success. I checked 18 boxes this afternoon- 1 was empty, 3 HAD starlings, 2 broods of kestrels had already fledged, 3 still had eggs or incubating females, 1 box had 3 young, 1 had 4 young and 7 boxes had 5 young. In addition, at the corner of Springfield and Weaver Rd., there were at least 6 DICKCISSELS singing in a field. The field is at A-1 on pg.74 of the Ohio DeLorme Atlas, about 3 miles southwest of Oxford.

Date: 5.31.03
Location: Embshoff Woods Nature Preserve
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Yellow Breasted Chat singing from a treetop, seen several times over the course of two hours I spent walking along the southern edge of the park. Also several Indigo Buntings and a Cedar Waxwing stood still for some great looks.

Date: 5/31/03
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

An adult little blue heron was present at Spring Valley this morning. The bird was present in the southwest corner of the lake - usually perched on stumps that were protruding from the water. It was easily viewed from the south parking lot.

Other notable birds included a half-dozen semipalmated plovers (down from more than 30 the day before.)

Date: May 31,2003
Location: Western Hamilton and Butler counties
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

I was out finding homes for a few of Raptor Inc's orphan kestrels today. I have been putting up a series of kestrel boxes in appropriate habitat in western Hamilton, Butler, and Franklin Cty. in Indiana, and have had very good success. I checked 18 boxes this afternoon- 1 was empty, 3 HAD starlings, 2 broods of kestrels had already fledged, 3 still had eggs or incubating females, 1 box had 3 young, 1 had 4 young and 7 boxes had 5 young. In addition, at the corner of Springfield and Weaver Rd., there were at least 6 DICKCISSELS singing in a field. The field is at A-1 on pg.74 of the Ohio DeLorme Atlas, about 3 miles southwest of Oxford.

Date: 5.31.03
Location: Embshoff Woods Nature Preserve
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Yellow Breasted Chat singing from a treetop, seen several times over the course of two hours I spent walking along the southern edge of the park. Also several Indigo Buntings and a Cedar Waxwing stood still for some great looks.

Date: 5/31/03
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

An adult little blue heron was present at Spring Valley this morning. The bird was present in the southwest corner of the lake - usually perched on stumps that were protruding from the water. It was easily viewed from the south parking lot.

Other notable birds included a half-dozen semipalmated plovers (down from more than 30 the day before.)

Date: 5/30/03
Location: OH, Hamilton, Shawnee Lookout & E-town Bridge
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Nothing really to report from Shawnee Lookout. Mainly summer residents were seen this morning, no late migrants were found. I do have one interesing sighting to report from the Old Fort Trail, however. I watched an adult Pileated Woodpecker feeding a couple of young birds, and then I watched them all fly off together!

The only other sighting to report is again from the gravel pit just past the E-town Bridge.

NO Red-necked Grebe was found, however in it's place were 2 COMMON LOONS, along with 1 Double-crested Cormorant! Good Birding!

Date: 5/29/03
Location: Downtown Cinti
Reporter: Connair
Other Birders:

I have not heard anyone mention status on the downtown peregrines. Have the young fledged yet? How many were there and when were they banded? On 5/29 I saw the female on the Kroger building with a male that did not make a couple of its landings.

Date: May 28, 2003
Location: Voice of America 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Jon Woolf

Highlights: 17 bobolink, 17 meadowlarks, 3 sedge wren, 10 Henslow's sparrows, 6 savannah sparrows, 1 male blue-winged teal. The 200 acres belonging to MetroParks has been closed while their 33-acre lake is dredged, which made two-thirds of the survey route inaccessible last evening. It rained for ten or twenty minutes around 8:00 pm, after which the bobolinks, red-winged blackbirds, and meadowlarks stopped singing, and the Henslow's sparrows started.

Date: 5/27/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

1 Green Heron and 1 Black Tern present

Date: 26 May 2003
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A female American Redstart and a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers flitting around my yard.

Date: 5/27/03
Location: behind Showcase Cinemas, Milford, OH (Riverview? by Target)
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

In the flood control pond behind the Cinema, there were at least 3 Spotted Sandpipers (flying all around - it sounded like more were calling in the vegetation), 3 Semi-palmated Sandpipers - they were at the west end near were that litte stream comes in between Target and the cinema under High Power Lines (close too, as long as you stayed up on the grass dike/parking area - skiddish). This area is drying out fast, but a good rain should make this a good shorebird spot - lots of mud. Many Killdeer.

No good sparrows this time (only Song), lots of yellow sweet clover but NO Dickcissels! 1 GB Heron, Canada Geese, many Northern RW Swallows, TVs, RT Hawk.

Date: 5/26/03 8:15 A.M.- 1:30 P.M.
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Wetlands and Forest
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Neill Cade

A little early morning fog didn't stop us from seeing what we could find at Miami Whitewater. There were not very many warbler species found however one good find made the whole day worthwile. At Big Sycamore (not Big Oak) Picnic Area we briefly watched a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER feed in the top of a Sycamore tree!! This was definitely the highlight of the day!

Total Trip List (86 species): 2 Mute Swans, 35 Canada Geese, 4 Wood Ducks, 10 Mallards, 1 Ring-necked Duck (still hanging around out at the Wetlands), 4 Hooded Mergansers (a mother and 3 babies found at the back pond on Oxford Rd.), 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Great Egret (in breeding plumage found in the back of the lake), 10 Turkey Vultures, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 Wild Turkey, 5 Northern Bobwhites, 2 Killdeer, 15 Rock Doves, 25 Mourning Doves, 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 30 Chimney Swifts, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 5 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 5 Northern Flickers, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 12 Eastern Wood-Pewees, 8 Acadian Flycatchers, 3 Willow Flycatchers (Wetlands), 2 Eastern Pheobes, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 5 Eastern Kingbirds, 10 Blue Jays, 25 American Crows, 4 White-eyed Vireos, 3 Yellow-throated Vireos, 20 Red-eyed Vireos, 4 Warbling Vireos, 25 Cedar Waxwings, 10 Eastern Bluebirds, 20 Wood Thrushes, 50 American Robins, 2 Gray Catbirds, 5 Northern Mockingbirds, 3 Brown Thrashers, 50 European Starlings, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Carolina Wrens, 7 House Wrens (including a nesting pair using a nest box next to the campground), 20 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 5 Tree Swallows, 2 Purple Martins, 60 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 1 Bank Swallow, 15 Barn Swallows, 3 Cliff Swallows, 10 Carolina Chickadees, 5 Tufted Titmice, 20 House Sparrows, 30 American Goldfinches, 2 House Finches, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 1 Tennessee Warbler, 3 Northern Parulas, 5 Yellow Warblers, 5 Yellow-throated Warblers, 1 Prarie Warbler, 1 Cerulean Warbler, 3 Ovenbirds, 2 Kentucky Warblers, 10 Common Yellowthroats, 1 Hooded Warbler, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat, 35 Song Sparrows, 1 Savannah Sparrow, 8 Chipping Sparrows, 12 Field Sparrows, 15 Eastern Towhees, 1 Summer Tanager, 3 Scarlet Tanagers, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 25 Northern Cardinals, 10 Indigo Buntings, 5 Baltimore Orioles, 1 Orchard Oriole, 55 Red-winged Blackbirds, 8 Eastern Meadowlarks, 45 Common Grackles, 35 Brown-headed Cowbirds. GOOD BIRDING!

Date: 05/25-26/03
Location: Kellywood Ave. in Covedale
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman (Emily was sleeping)

Cedar Waxwings continue to put on a show on a daily basis, perhaps nesting in colonies somewhere in the neighborhood. I have been observing them frequenting a Black Walnut two houses down from mine and a Silver Maple next door. I have a Red Mulberry in my front yard but I've yet to see the waxwings partake of the fruit. On the 25th I counted 25 birds, but there were probably many more. Today, the 26th, I estimated that there were at least 30, if not more.

Date: 5/24/2003 5:30 AM - 11:15 PM
Location: Several spots in Adams and Scioto Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

A perfect day... there's no other way to describe Sayurday. The weather, the birds, the scenery, the flowers, the butterflies... all perfect.

A Great Horned Owl at the Clermont/Brown County border was a great start to a LONG day.

Tater Ridge Road is still hosting the nesting Loggerhead Shrikes. There was a most unexpected bonus of a crowing male Ring-necked Pheasant as well.

Adams Lake State Park hosted a late Rusty Blackbird and a trio of Spotted Sandpipers, the only non-Killdeer shorebirds on our entire trip!

Shawnee State Forest was unbelievable. The number of warblers and vireos was very high, I suspect due to the dramatic thinning caused by the ice storm early this year. Unfortunately, the number and variety of thrushes seemed way down. However, the real story was the hawk flight, with good numbers of the more common species and one beautiful immature Golden Eagle!

Beasley Fork Road was definitely the place to be late in the day. After searching all day, we finally found a singing 1st year Blue Grosbeak at 8:20 PM! A mile or so further along the road, we parked near the Brush Fork Creek bridge. Despite the barking dogs, gunfire, ATVs, and traffic, at 9:10 PM the first Chuck-will's-widow started calling. Two Whip-poor-wills sang a beautiful counterpoint to four "Chucks"; it was like listening to 3/4 time and 4/4 time music together. 2 Barred Owls capped off the evening.

Trip List (108 species): Great Blue Heron 10, Green Heron 2, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 87, Canada Goose 17, Wood Duck 12, Mallard 16, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 5, Broad-winged Hawk 5, Red-tailed Hawk 7, Golden Eagle 1, American Kestrel 1, Ring-necked Pheasant 1, Northern Bobwhite 2, Killdeer 16, Spotted Sandpiper 3, Rock Dove 6, Mourning Dove 73, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 15, Great Horned Owl 1, Barred Owl 2, Common Nighthawk 1, Chuck-will's-widow 4, Whip-poor-will 2, Chimney Swift 108, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 7, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 24, Downy Woodpecker 23, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 7, Eastern Wood-Pewee 60, Acadian Flycatcher 17, Eastern Phoebe 26, Eastern Kingbird 13, Loggerhead Shrike 2, White-eyed Vireo 6, Yellow-throated Vireo 21, Blue-headed Vireo 4, Warbling Vireo 8, Red-eyed Vireo 250, Blue Jay 14, American Crow 32 Horned Lark 2, Purple Martin 6, Tree Swallow 33, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 92, Barn Swallow 150, Carolina Chickadee 48, Tufted Titmouse 22, White-breasted Nuthatch 14, Carolina Wren 14, House Wren 30, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 31, Eastern Bluebird 24, Swainson's Thrush 2, Wood Thrush 50, American Robin 180, Gray Catbird 12, Northern Mockingbird 10, Brown Thrasher 9, European Starling 115, Cedar Waxwing 155, Blue-winged Warbler 11, Tennessee Warbler 21, Northern Parula 5, Yellow Warbler 37, Chestnut-sided Warbler 16, Magnolia Warbler 8, Blackburnian Warbler 10, Yellow-throated Warbler 24, Prairie Warbler 30, Bay-breasted Warbler 8, Blackpoll Warbler 14, Cerulean Warbler 29, Black-and-white Warbler 12, American Redstart 63, Worm-eating Warbler 3, Ovenbird 82, Northern Waterthrush 1, Louisiana Waterthrush 45, Kentucky Warbler 13, Common Yellowthroat 43, Hooded Warbler 32, Yellow-breasted Chat 5, Summer Tanager 6, Scarlet Tanager 57, Eastern Towhee 27, Chipping Sparrow 59, Field Sparrow 18, Grasshopper Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 73, Northern Cardinal 72, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6, Blue Grosbeak 1, Indigo Bunting 105, Red-winged Blackbird 115, Eastern Meadowlark 35, Rusty Blackbird 1, Common Grackle 132, Brown-headed Cowbird 48, Orchard Oriole 3, Baltimore Oriole 12, House Finch 11, American Goldfinch 72, House Sparrow 30.

Date: May 25-26, 2003
Location: Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge SP
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders:

Along with Frank Renfrow's observations, I can add another SWAINSON'S WARBLER location at the base of Gray's Arch in the gorge. The trail out to the arch (number 221) also had numerous warblers including Worm-eating, Praire, Hooded, Black-and-White, Ovenbird, Pine, and Black-throated Green. There is a pair of Broad-winged Hawks nesting off of the Rock Garden Trail in Natural Bridge SP.

Date: 5/26/03
Location: California Woods, 9:30-11:30
Reporter: Jason Hovekamp
Other Birders:

1 turkey vulture, 2 mourning dove, 3 ruby-throated hummingbird(2 observed on a nest), 2 red-bellied woodpeckers, 6 eastern wood-pewee, 4 acadian flycatcher(1 observed building a nest), 2 warbling vireo, 1 blue jay, 1 american crow, 5 carolina chickadee, 1 white-breasted nuthatch, 7 blue-gray gnatcatcher, 9 wood thrush, 8 american robin(2 pair observed on nest), 1 yellow-throated warbler, 1 scarlet tanager, 3 northern cardinal, 2 indigo bunting, 2 brown-headed cowbird, 1 baltimore oriole

Date: 5/26/03
Location: Western Brown County
Reporter: Barry Stevenson
Other Birders:

As many birders know, the best birding is often in one's own backyard. This year we have the pleasure of observing both Baltimore and Orchard orioles nesting within 20 feet of each other. They are in different trees--the orchard in a maple and the Baltimore in a sycamore--but also nesting in the same maple, again within 20' of each other, are blue jays and American robins. We are also fortunate to have the following birds nesting on our property (1 1/4 acre with pond): brown trashers, catbirds, Carolina chicadees, downy woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, Carolina wrens, house wrens, etc.

Date: May 24, 2003
Location: Grant Lake-Brown County
Reporter: Edie Lotz
Other Birders: Linda Grau

It appears someone's White Chinese Goose (white goose with orange beak and large orange knob above beak) escaped and is nesting at Grant Lake-did not see any mate around. The Goose was very vocal and protective, you could not get close at all.

Location: going south on 68 after getting off of RT 32, the first unmarked gravel road just past the bridge by the spillover.

Only other sighting was a yellow-throated warbler, Catbird, Great blue heron, tree and barn swallows.

Date: 5/25/03
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Wendy Dage
Other Birders: Rick Dage and Elijah Dage

A mid afternoon trip to the marsh area yielded some great birds:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Rose-breasted Grosbeak male
Prothonotary Warbler
Eastern Kingbird
Baltimore Oriole
Indigo Bunting
Hairy Woodpecker
and we heard many thrushes singing from deep within the woods.

Date: 24 May 2003
Location: Natural Bridge SP, Powell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

We cheated and took the sky-lift up to the Natural Bridge - just in time to witness a beautiful "Appalachian Spring" style Wedding Ceremony atop the bridge. Despite the beautiful morning, not a whole lot singing. However, Black and White Warblers (14) were ever present form the ridgetop to the creek bottom as we took Rock Garden trail down to Low Gap. Also 2 Great-crested Flycatchers, 4 Red-eyed Vireos, 6 Black-throated Green Warblers, 7 Ovenbirds, 6 Hooded Warblers, 4 Worm-eating Warblers, 2 Northern Parulas and 3 Yellow-throated Warblers.

Date: 23 May 2003
Location: Red River Gorge, Wolfe Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

Upper end of Swift Camp Creek Trail (from Rough Trail / Swift Trail trailhead). 1 SWAINSON'S WARBLER along "Son's Creek", about a mile from trailhead (a new Swainson's location for me). Lots 15(!)Hooded Warblers, 8 Black and White Warblers, 12 Black-throated Green Warblers, 3 Pine Warblers, 4 Worm-eating Warblers, 10 Red-eyed Vireos, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1 Pileated Woodpecker. More of the commoner species along this wider stretch of Swift Creek - 5 Carolina Wrens, 6 Blue Jays, 1 Wood Thrush. The only verifiable migrant of the trip - 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush.

Date: May 24,2003
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Ring-Billed Duck! What do they look like. Make it Ring-Necked Duck.

Date: May 24,2003
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Back on 5-19 a male Ruddy Duck was seen on the main pond.Today a male and female were there. This is roughly the same time they showed up last year when they nested here. Also a lone male Ring-Billed Duck is still here.

Date: 22 May 2003
Location: Red River Gorge, Wolfe Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

1 male RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at nest hole (female probably incubating)near Rock Bridge. This unique KY population seems stable (8 yrs now), but I am still unable to find any evidence of RBNUs in the breeding season more than 1 or 2 miles from Rock Bridge - despite extensive searching. 2 SWAINSON'S WARBLERS - 1 at junction of Swift Creek and Rock Bridge trails (another Red-breasted Nuthatch here also), the other Swainson's about a mile up along Swift Creek trail. Also - 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 6 Eastern Phoebes, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 5 Blue-headed Vireos, 3 Red-eyed Vireos, 10 Hooded Warblers, 12 Black-throated Green Warblers, 7 Black and White Warblers, 4 Ovenbirds, 5 Pine Warblers, 9 Northern Parulas, 4 Yellow-throated Warblers, 3 Worm-eating Warblers.

Date: 05/24/03 (6:30 pm - 7:10 pm)
Location: Miami Whitewater
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: none

My erronds included a trip to Miami Whitewater's golf clubhouse to get a gift certificate for my step-dad for his birthday. So, in my travels, I decided to make a couple of quick side stops to see what I could find.

From the Baughman Rd. pond and parking area (6:30-6:40 pm) I could see or hear: Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Warbling Vireo (HO), Common Yellowthroat (HO), Orchard Oriole (ad. male fly-over), Baltimore Oriole (HO), and three UFO brown-backed swallows and other, more common birds. Mosquitoes were moderate in the short time I was there and bird activity was relatively low at that time of day.

Along the way to the golf clubhouse along Mt. Hope Rd. I picked up Chipping Sparrow and Indigo Bunting (HO). At the golf clubhouse I picked up Summer Tanager (HO) and another Warbling Vireo (HO).

At the Vistor Center entrance along Mt. Hope Rd. at the parking permit booth I heard a Yellow Warbler. Flying around the bridge to the right adjacent to the main lake was a small colony of Bank Swallows, about a dozen estimated while driving the park access road.

At Bowle's woods I spent another 10 minutes (7 - 7:10 pm) and saw four Wood Thrushes foraging in the grass around the picnic tables at first cul-de-sac (across from the first set of ball fields past Peregrine Point) and heard two more for a total of at least 6 birds. BTW, great photo ops of these thrushes if someone wants to try tomorrow. Also a pair of bluebirds, another Summer Tanager heard, Pewees and Red-eyed Vireos vocalizing and a gnatcatcher.

A stop at the restroom led my ears to hear a Yellow-throated Vireo singing from the direction of the Big Sycamore picnic shelter.

On with the rest of my erronds.

Date: May 24, 2003 7:00 pm
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Lacker
Other Birders:

Two Black Terns in breeding plumage coursing over the southernmost lake were viewed from the bluff off the Camp Dennison nature trail.

Date: 05/18-22/03
Location: Kellywood Ave.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget and little Emily

On various stroller rides around our street, I have noticed CEDAR WAXWINGS as follows:

~ 10 on 5/18
2 on 5/21
~8 on 5/22

Date: May 23, 2003
Location: Winton Woods (Trails between Winton Centre and the lake)
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Highlight was an Olive-sided Flycatcher. The bird was located south of the handicapped-access fishing pond (west of Winton Centre) in the large dead tree along Winton Lake. It was chased off by an Eastern Kingbird into the woods just west of the fishing pond, where I lost it.

Other species seen include Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Warbling Vireo, Gray Catbird, American Goldfinch, and Baltimore Oriole.

Date: May 23, 2003
Location: VOA
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

The highlight was a single Henslow's Sparrow. It was calling just off of one of the trail intersections (sounded like it was within 15 or 10 feet) this morning. I stayed and waited for the bird to appear, but in the half an hour or so I did it never came out of the grass. It did continue to call the entire time.
Other birds included 30 Bobolink, 4 Savannah Sparrow, 25 Meadowlark, 30 Red-winged Blackbird, 5 Tree Swallows, 10 Barn Swallows, 5 Chimneyt Swift, 4 Killdeer, and a lone American Kestrel

Date: 5/23/03
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Took a brief stroll this morning looking for late migrants. While there was a lot of bird activity, migrants were rather few and far between.

The highlight this AM was a nice yellow-bellied flycatcher seen at the far north end of the park. While the bird did not vocalize, the extensive yellow underparts and deep olive green back made me comfortable with the ID. Other migrants of note included a least flycatcher, a Philadelphia vireo, a bay-brasted warbler (female) and a magnolia warbler. Hopefully the next front will bring one last influx of birds this spring.

Date: May 22, 2003
Location: High St. Bridge, Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Grace Schaffer

There's a modest cliff swallow colony of approximately 30+ nests on the south side of the High Street Bridge in downtown Hamilton, along the Great Miami River. You can see it pretty well from the top and bottom of the flood wall. There's a stair case you can take to the river, which you can access between the Fitton Center or the Soldiers and Sailors monument. There were a few nests, it seemed, on the north side--the Hamiltonian Hotel/long-tailed duck site from this past winter--but it's difficult to get down the flood wall here, at least while carrying an infant.

Date: 5/21/03
Location: Shawnee Lookout park area
Reporter: Jason Hovekamp
Other Birders:

Chipping Sparrow(4), Song Sparrow(2), Eastern Towee(7), Common Grackle(10), American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture(35), Tree Swallow(20), Great Blue Heron, Indigo Bunting(7), Common Yellowthroat(4), Cerulean Warbler, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher(8), Gray Catbird, Oven Bird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Wood Thrush(5), American Robin(20), Northern Flicker(2), Red-Bellied Wood Pecker, 1 Calling Turkey

Date: May 21, 2003
Location: Voice of America, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, also Tim and Ron Kolde

2 mallard, 1 bobwhite quail, 3 killdeer, 2 mourning dove, 1 eastern kingbird, 1 tree swallow, 10 barn swallow, 1 Carolina wren, 4 SEDGE WRENS, 3 robins, 1 common yellowthroat, 8 Savannah sparrow, 6 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, 2 song sparrow, 41 bobolinks (including 6 females), 33 red-winged blackbirds, 34 eastern meadowlarks.

While running the survey, Bob and I met Ron and Tim Kolde. They reported seeing or hearing three sedge wrens in approximately the north-central section of the VOA. I think we also picked up one of their birds on the survey among the four we counted--so three of "our" four were different from the three birds Ron and Tim encountered. This makes a total of at least six (possibly seven) sedge wrens at the VOA this evening. Also, there were two Henslow's sparrows on the west side (MetroParks property) of the VOA, and 4 in their usual spot on the east side of the VOA. The Henslow's are easier to pick up once it gets near dusk and the bobolinks, et. al, quiet down. I imagine there are more Henslow's sparrows scattered in other sections of the park.

Date: 5-20-03
Location: Union Township
Reporter: Diana Snouffer
Other Birders:

This morning around 9:30 a.m. I was lucky enough to see a beautiful male Indigo Bunting in my Magnolia tree and a Ruby-throated hummingbird right next to him in my honeysuckle.

Date: 5/21/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

2 Common Loons, 1 Solitary Sandpiper

Date: 19 May 2003
Location: Hocking Hills SP, Hocking Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 pair of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES feeding young at nest at SP cabin area. Just a few hundred feet from nest location of previous years, but very well hidden. Other notable breeders seem to all be back on territory. Singing males at Conkle's Hollow; 4 Eastern Pheobes, 3 Acadian Flycatchers, 2 Great-crested Flycatchers, 2 Wood Thrushes, 6 Hermit Thrushes, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, 3 Blue-headed Vireos, 3 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 3 MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, 8 Black-throated Green Warblers, 2 Kentucky Warblers, 12 Hooded Warblers, 1 Yellow Warbler, 4 Pine Warblers, 1 Worm-eating Warbler, 6 Northern Parulas, 7 Ovenbirds, 3 Louisiana Waterthrushes. Also 1 MAGNOLIA WARBLER at Ash Cave on the 20th.

Date: 5/19/03 7:30 A.M.- 11:30 A.M.
Location: OH, Hamilton, Shawnee Lookout Park & E-Town Bridge
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for this late post, however I had absolutely no time to sit down and enter in my sightings until now. I am happy to report 1 RED-NECKED GREBE in breeding plumage was seen around 7:30 A.M. in the gravel pit right after you cross the E-Town Bridge. I observed this bird with a scope for a couple of minutes before it dove and I lost track of it. Upon coming back to the gravel pit later in the day on the way home, which was around 11:30 A.M., the bird was not seen, however I could have easily missed it. Other birds seen near the bridge: 3 Double-crested Cormorants (also swimming in the gravel pit), 5 Canada Geese, 4 Mallards, 10 Tree Swallows, 10 Rough-winged Swallows, 2 BANK SWALLOWS, 35 Cliff Swallows (nesting colony under the bridge).

From the bridge I then drove up to the boat ramp just across from the park entrance. I was the first one there and was rewarded with 2 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS walking the edge of the boat ramp. There was nothing much else going on there, so I turned around and headed up and into the park.

I walked the Old Fort Trail all the rest of the morning. Here are the highlights from the walk: 1 Great Blue Heron, 10 Black Vultures, 30 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 7 Wild Turkey, 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 3 Hairy Woodpeckers (found a pair's nest), 10 Eastern Wood Pewees, 5 Acadian Flycathchers, 2 Great-crested Flycatchers, 1 White-eyed Vireo, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, 2 Yellow-throated Vireos, 15 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 25 Wood Thrushes, 2 Gray Catbirds, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Brown Thrasher, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 House Wrens, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 5 Tennessee Warblers, 2 Nashville Warblers, 5 Northern Parulas, 2 Yellow Warblers, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 8 Magnolia Warblers, 2 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers (where were all of them today??), 3 Black-throated Green Warblers, 2 Blackburnian Warblers, 5 Yellow-throated Warblers, 3 Palm Warblers, 12 Bay-breasted Warblers (an amazing number of birds for this species!!), 2 Blackpoll Warblers, 10 Cerulean Warblers (an encouraging number of birds for this species, including one bird at eye level a few feet away providing OUTSTANDING views!!), 3 Black-and-White Warblers, 12 American Redstarts, 1 WORM-EATING WARBLER (seen feeding in the treetops as soon as you enter the fort at the top of the hill), 5 Kentucky Warblers, 1 MOURNING WARBLER (this bird was heard as soon as I entered the parking lot for the trail and no matter how hard I tried I COULD NOT FIND THE BIRD! SO FRUSTRATING!!), 2 Common Yellowthroats, 5 Savannah Sparrows, 2 Field Sparrows, 3 Summer Tanagers, 5 Scarlet Tanagers (another bird at eye level view only a few feet away!!), 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 10 Indigo Buntings, 5 Baltimore Orioles, 2 Orchard Orioles, 3 Eastern Meadowlarks, and (BEST OF ALL) 50 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS!!

I also added two more warbler species on the way out of the park at the head of the Little Turtle Trail: 1 Blue-winged Warbler and 1 Yellow-breasted Chat. I therefore ended the day with 23 species of warblers!! GOOD BIRDING!!

Date: May 16-17-18
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Tim Tolford & Sharon Pawlowski's banding station

Greetings... Here's a list of birds banded at Gilmore Ponds this weekend by Tim Tolford and Sharon Pawlowski:

CAPTURES MAY 16, 17, 18 - 2003
Wilsons Warbler (2), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1), American Redstart (1),
Traill's Flycatcher (7), House Wren (1), Canada Warbler (1), Magnolia
Warbler (1), Common Yellowthroat (7) Indigo Bunting (11), Northern
Waterthrush (3), Carolina Chickadee (2), Warbling Vireo (1), Lincoln
Sparrow (3), Mourning Warbler (2), Field Sparrow (1), Yellow Warbler (2),
Connecticut Warbler (1), Ovenbird (1), Eastern Wood Pewee (1), Song
Sparrow (4), Swainson's Thrush (8), Gray-cheeked Thrush (1), Baltimore
Oriole (1), Gray Catbird (8), Nothern Cardinal (4), American Robin (3).

Additionally, Lester Pyeton and I heard or saw four singing male prothonotary warblers around South Pond. While wading around later on Sunday morning, I saw one male prothonogary investigating a tree cavity on the east end of the pond and a nest under construction in a jar on the west side of South Pond. If you get out around sunrise, one male is partial to singing from the South Pond viewing platform or the willows right next to the deck. He'll let you get within six feet or so. Also, one pair of territorial and very feisty and vocal Cooper's hawks were behind South Pond on Sunday. The possible nest site is in a tree standing in three feet of water in the woods behind South Pond. Other birds on Sunday... 1 bay-breasted warbler, 1 blackpoll, 5 red-eyed vireos, 6-10 willow flycatchers, 10+ wood ducks, 12+ great blue herons, 1 DC cormorant, 2 spotted sandpipers, 4 UFO shorebirds. Water levels are very good for waterbirds, but too high for most shorebirds. The mosquitoes are beginning to increase, as well.

Date: 5/19/03
Location: House, patio, - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Whip-poor-will was flying around just above my head this evening at late dusk catching insects (silent). It passed twice over my head and hovered once. I have never heard a Whip here, and I have lived here my entire life (my neighbor told me he thought he had heard one in his driveway just the other night). Another new yard bird.

Date: 5/18/2003 7:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Brookville Reservoir, Franklin & Union Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

One adult Mississippi Kite was featured in a mixed flock of raptors flying over the intersection of Treaty Line Rd. and IN 44. Further down Treaty Line Rd., there was a Connecticut Warbler singing loudly, but skulking, in a wet thicket adjacent to the creek. He permitted a brief confirmation viewing before moving along.

Early in the day, a pair of Blue Grosbeaks offered decent viewing in the nearest tree uphill from the gate at the parking lot on the dam. They looked to be defending the area in that vicinity, so they may be "setting up shop."

Both ends of the walking trail that was formerly the Scenic Drive (from Bonwell Hill to Garr Hill) were extremely productive. This area provided a pair each of Canada and Mourning Warblers, a singing Alder Flycatcher (also seen), a heard-only Black-billed Cuckoo, and a nesting Louisiana Waterthrush.

Fairfield Causeway yielded three Common Loons (two in alternate plumage) and one Osprey.

Hubble and Mt. Pleasant Rd. yielded Savannah, Grasshopper, and Vesper Sparrows, adult Horned Larks feeding juveniles, a flock of Bobolinks, and a Red-headed Woodpecker.

Virtually no shorebird habitat anywhere around Brookville despite the recent heavy rains.

Trip List (110 species): Common Loon 3, Double-crested Cormorant 80, Great Blue Heron 45, Green Heron 1, Black Vulture 4, Turkey Vulture 60, Canada Goose 40, Wood Duck 2, Mallard 4, Osprey 2, MISSISSIPPI KITE 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Northern Bobwhite 1, Killdeer 12, Rock Dove 2, Mourning Dove 30, Black-billed Cuckoo 1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2, Barred Owl 2, Chimney Swift 60, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 8, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 12, Eastern Wood-Pewee 12, Acadian Flycatcher 2, ALDER FLYCATCHER 1, Willow Flycatcher 4, Eastern Phoebe 3, Eastern Kingbird 7, White-eyed Vireo 3, Yellow-throated Vireo 4, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 15, Red-eyed Vireo 25, Blue Jay 9, American Crow 30, Horned Lark 20, Purple Martin 12, Tree Swallow 30, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 30, Bank Swallow 20, Cliff Swallow 100, Barn Swallow 50, Carolina Chickadee 3, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 7, House Wren 15, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 18, Eastern Bluebird 3, Swainson's Thrush 2, Wood Thrush 10, American Robin 80, Gray Catbird 15, Northern Mockingbird 7, Brown Thrasher 3, European Starling 120, Cedar Waxwing 20, Blue-winged Warbler 8, Tennessee Warbler 3, Nashville Warbler 2, Northern Parula 2, Yellow Warbler 15, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Black-throated Blue Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Prairie Warbler 12, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, Cerulean Warbler 1, American Redstart 4, Prothonotary Warbler 1, Ovenbird 1, Louisiana Waterthrush 1, Kentucky Warbler 2, CONNECTICUT WARBLER 1, Mourning Warbler 2, Common Yellowthroat 25, Hooded Warbler 1, Wilson's Warbler 1, Canada Warbler 2, Yellow-breasted Chat 10, Scarlet Tanager 18, Eastern Towhee 20, Chipping Sparrow 35, Field Sparrow 45, Vesper Sparrow 2, Savannah Sparrow 4, Grasshopper Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 25, Northern Cardinal 40, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4, BLUE GROSBEAK 2, Indigo Bunting 50, Bobolink 25, Red-winged Blackbird 600, Eastern Meadowlark 30, Common Grackle 80, Brown-headed Cowbird 45, Orchard Oriole 7, Baltimore Oriole 15, House Finch 9, American Goldfinch 30, House Sparrow 40.

Date: May 18, 2003
Location: Lebanon, OH Warren County
Reporter: Elaine Wilkens
Other Birders: Rich Wilkens

This morning around 10:30 I had a large female wild turkey in my back yard for a short while. She was walking up and down in the brush out by an old farm fence that borders my property. I heard her call a few times but once she found her way through the fence she was gone.

Date: 5/15
Location: From Neville to Chilo & also Ft. Wright
Reporter: marchiena
Other Birders:

Thurs. saw merganser, black vultures and many kingbirds and goldfinches along Ohio. In Ft. Wright have regularly heard the great horned owl after many years of absence.

Date: Fri. May, 16, 2003 6:00-7:45 PM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: neighbors

Got a call from the owner of farm, which contains the Aurora Ferry Road sloughs, in Petersburg that he saw 6 Cattle Egrets around the North slough on Thursday. Although it was late, ran down to AFR sloughs hoping to find the Cattle Egrets still there. Gone, but I did observe the following:

1 Great Egret at far end of slough
2 Green Herons
1 T Vulture
3 Killdeer
? Chimney Swifts
1 Belted Kingfisher
? Tree Swallows
? Barn Swallows
6+ R-W Blackbirds
4+ E Meadowlarks
x usual residents; Starlings,
Com. Grackles, House Sp., etc.








Date: 5.16.2003
Location: St. Xavier High School, Finneytown
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: Jon Woodhouse

There was a single, dead, Yellow-billed Cuckoo lying next to the front of St. X today, most likely the victim of a window collision.

Date: 5/16/03
Location: My Backyard Price Hill/Delhi
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders: None

First ruby-throated hummingbird of the season - guess it's time to put the feeder up!

Date: 5/16/03
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Stopped by Winton Woods today to look for the previously reported Olive-sided flycatcher. While I didn't find it I did manage to see quite a few migrants.

Stopped first at the vistor's center. Walked the trail between the lake and visitors center and found the following :
Philadelphia vireo, Tennessee warbler (3), N. Parula, Magnolia warbler, yellow-rumped warbler (5), Palm warbler, Blackpoll warbler (9), Am. redstart, Prothonotary warbler, Common yellowthroat and Wilson's warbler (3).

At the Parcours Trail : Yellow-billed cuckoo, great crested flycatcher,Swainson's thrush (2), wood thrush, Philadelphia vireo, Tennessee warbler, chesnut-sided warbler,
bay-breasted warbler, blackpoll warbler (3), mourning warbler, Wilson's warbler, scarlet tanager. Lots of red-eyed vireos as well.

Both vireos were well seen and sang persistently. The mourning was present just to the right as the Parcours Trail enters the woods. Blackpolls were everywhere including 3 males singing from the same tree.

Date: 5/16/03
Location: My Backyard, Price Hill/Delhi Area
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders: none

A male rose-breasted grosbeak began hanging out at our feeder today! Also seen: mourning dove (12); red-bellied woodpecker (2); downy woodpecker (2) ;American robin (1); Carolina chickadee (1) ;white-breasted nuthatch (2); blue jay (3); European starling (5); song sparrow (1); northern cardinal (2);common grackle (2); brown-headed cowbird (6); house finch (4); American goldfinch (2); house sparrow (6).

Date: 5/16/03
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

singing Alder Flycatcher in my yard!

Date: 5/15
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders:

1 RB Merg still present

Date: 05/13/03
Location: Christ Hospital
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

First and foremost, my wife and I had a baby girl born Tuesday May 13th at 7:20 a.m. Emily Jane weighed in at 8 lbs., 10 oz. and measured 21 inches.

On her birth day from the south wing of the hospital while looking out a west facing window I saw a PEREGRINE FALCON flying by.

Date: 5/15/2003 - late morning
Location: East Fork SP, Clermont Co., OH, South Beach area
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

5 Forester's Terns diving and flying around the beach. They ride on a floating log in the middle of the lake.

Other birds: Red-shouldered Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, TV, lots of Kingbirds, Baltimore & Orchard Orioles, some Blue-winged Warblers, Prairie Warblers*, Common Yellowthroats, 1 YB Chat (flew accross the road & over the hood of the car near the turkey habitat), 1 Empid sp., Tree Swallows nesting in boxes, Red-eyed & Blue-headed Vireos and other more common birds.

* I can never remember hearing so many Prairie Warblers in so many different places here. They were heard almost constanly while driving from the new ODNR building to just before you drop down over the hill to the South Beach (start of woods on either side). It was almost like driving through Adams Co.

Date: 5/15/03
Location: Madeira, Shawnee Run road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

CONNECTICUTT WARBLER singing along an bushy hedgerow in my back yard early this morning at about 7:00 am. The bird sang several times, not long after when the sun came out. I suspect that an early morning storm dropped birds into my area. Also had Blackpoll Warbler singing and heard a number of flight calls in the area and in the neighbors trees.

Date: May 14, 2003 7:00 p.m.
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Bob Lacker
Other Birders:

One Cattle Egret showing buff on crown sighted in the east end of Cattail Marsh

Date: 5-14-2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

1 WORM-EATING WARBLER just north of the new parking lot (Berk Road). Many Indigo Buntings, Gray Catbirds, Yellow Warbler, Canada Goose. Other birds include Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole.

Date: 5/14/03
Location: back yard in Middletown
Reporter: Jeff McMullen
Other Birders:

My 1st Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the season.

Date: 5/14 9:00 am
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Chris Betrus
Other Birders: none

Howdy all,
Hueston Woods has a few shorebirds on the sandbars by the boat storage parking lot this morning. The best was a Willet. There was also 1 semipalmated plover, 2 lesser yellowlegs, and 1 spotted sandpiper.

Good Luck

Chris

Date: May 13, 2003
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Carol Buchold

30+ bobolinks (5+ females), 20+ meadowlarks, 5+ savannah sparrows, 1, possibly 2 Henslow's sparrows, 2 SEDGE WRENS. It's a nice problem to have, but it's actually hard to hear the Henslow's sparrows above the prenuptial exuberance of the bobolinks--add to that the noise of cheering soccer fans, traffic, airplanes, and automobiles, and it's hard to hear those soft Henslow's hiccuppy "tsee-liks." The sedge wrens were singing dueling songs about 150 yards or so apart from each other.

Date: 5/13/03
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Pres. (lake)
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Two other birders ( no name)

A Common Moorhen was spotted at the south west corner of the lake just off the parking lot this morning. The bird was feeding near the lilly pads but mover several yards to the west near the ridge that runs north east from the drainage ditch. Page 65 D/7 Ohio Delorme Gazetteer. The moorhen was still there at 12 o;clock

Date: May 13, 2003
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Scott Reeves

Sorry to report that this AM the 11 Willets and 1 Dunlin seen yesterday were not present. Apparently the lighter winds encouraged them to take off.

Date: 12 May 2003
Location: Ohio River at Coney Island, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Three tern species circling near the Ohio side of the flooded river, but still not close enough to shore to count for Ohio - 4 BLACK TERNS, 15 COMMON TERNS and 3 FORSTER'S TERNS. An exciting "tern" of events.

Date: 5/12/03
Location: Caesar Creek SP Beach WILLETS; 6:20 -7:20 pm
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Special thanks to Scott Reeves for his timely post about the WILLETS. This is a GREAT find!! I was headed out from work to go birding when luckily I saw Scott's post. So I headed north for Caesar Creek. When I arrived there were no cars and people, but my heart fell when I saw a truck near the beach. The park crews were mowing the lawn. However, luck and the birding gods prevailed. I quickly scanned with my bins the grassy area to the left of the pavilion (facing the lake from the parking area) and found the large shorebirds/Willets feeding near the concrete walkway that cuts through the grassy area. Then I got out my scope and digital camera, changed into birding shoes, scanned again and the birds had disappeared!! Oh, s---! I walked down to the beach and there they were!!! However, there were ELEVEN WILLETS and one beautiful alternate/breeding plumage Dunlin. Maybe two more Willets arrived since Scott was there. When the mowing crews stopped and packed up for the night, the birds returned to a very wet area about halfway down the walkway (north?) of the pavilion. They were actively feeding, gobbling up big earthworms or nightcrawlers and resting/sleeping with their heads tucked when I left at about 7:20 pm. I think that these birds are Western Willets. See Sibley's comparison of Eastern and Western on page 172, 1rst Addtion. If you see them, note the pale buffy color and sparse markings/barring on the throat, breast and sides of belly and the grey back, wings/coverts/tertials with arrow-headed black darts (some with cross hatches) in some/few of the feathers on the back, wing coverts and tertials. The bill seems rather long and is slightly upturned relative to Eastern Willets.

Anyone planning to see these should get there at the crack of dawn before people bring their dogs to this area for exercise. The weather may favor them staying. If they are indeed, Western Willets, which is likely given the location, they will be headed northwest from here, but are likely to delay their departure until they can head northwest in more favorable winds. I predict that if the winds hold, early arrivers will be lucky. I got +20 digital photographs, and the best were the last ones, because the sun broke through the cloud cover. As icing on the cake, for some of the best shots, the breeding plummage Dunlin was included with five Willets.

Date: 5/12/03
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Some very good birds at the beach this afternoon. Nine willets were feeding on the beach and in the grass adjacent to the beach. A single dunlin in alternate plumage was also present.

Also at the north end of the parking lot a female blue grosbeak was present. The bird was initially feeding in the short grass but eventually flew up into a bush in the hedgerow bordering the parking lot allowing excellent views.

Finally a large flock of swallows including 12-15 cliff swallows and 6 bank swallows was circling overhead.

Date: 5-11-03
Location: newtown
Reporter: jack zimmerman
Other Birders: don z

First time I have seen a black vulture in Newtown, flying over my yard.

Date: 5.11.03
Location: Price Hill at St. Lawrence and Academy
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

About an hour after noticing that the mulberries were already beginning to ripen on our backyard tree, a flock of about 20 Cedar Waxwings zipped overhead.

I'm hoping they will stop back to help with this year's harvest.

Date: 5/11/03
Location: House - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A new yard bird today - much to my surprise (not shorebird habitat other then a little standing water), a Lesser Yellowlegs (1) was flying around the backyard this evening calling.

Date: 05/10/03
Location: Kellywood Ave. (Covedale)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

While checking storm clouds from back porch, a BLACK VULTURE was seen flying high into storm. Also a BARN SWALLOW flew overhead. In the neighborhood today I heard one RED-EYED VIREO and two BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS.
I have five hummingbird feeders and one oriole feeder placed around the yard, but so far no hummers or orioles.

Date: 05/10/03 1:40 p.m.
Location: Covedale front porch
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

1 Polyphemus Moth.

Date: 5/12/03
Location: MWW Forest
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: CNC Birding Group

Again heard two Connecticutt Warblers near ball field. And again didnt' see them.

Date: 5/9/03
Location: White Oak
Reporter: S L
Other Birders:

1 bird, all black with white breast and belly, approximately cardinal size, I don't know species

Date: 5/11/03@ 630a-730a
Location: MWW Forest
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Stopped by on way to work to be frustrated by storms and low light, with a pressing time limit. Loaded with warblers but couldnt' stay until the storm stopped. 2 Connecticutt Warblers near the ball field were the hilights, heard, not seen, on either side of the road.

Date: 05/09/03
Location: I-74 E, just W of North Bend Rd. exit (#14)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

1 Broad-winged Hawk.

Date: 5.9.03
Location: Burnet Woods - 1:30-2:15 P.M.
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Swainson's Thrush, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat

Date: 5/9/2003
Location: Hueston Woods Big Woods Area
Reporter: Chris Betrus
Other Birders: none

Just wanted to let you know that this morning the best bird out at HWSP was a WORM-EATING WARBLER. I heard and saw him on the hillside behind the paved path that runs next to the beach parking lot. In the same area I also saw a heard an AMERICAN REDSTART and a LOIUSIANNA WATERTHRUSH. Other birds of note included Black-throated green warbler, black-and-white warbler, acadian flycatcher.

Good Luck Birding,

Chris

Date: 8 May 2003
Location: Glendale
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

approximatley 40 to 50 common nighthawks foraging over Glendale last night.

Date: May 8, 2003
Location: Sharonville, OH
Reporter: Shawna N. Harris
Other Birders:

a pilated woodpecker around 6:30p in our back yard.

Date: May 8, 2003 - 7am-10am
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

Met nurse ? looking for phalarope - circled entire lake - no success-a-rope (also checked Roxanna gravel pit). Several birds only heard. Heard others - ID unknown. Lotza yellow today. Lotza hopping splashing frogs today.

Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Canada Goose-several dozen gooslings-parent would walk into mud slime and become stuck
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Turkey Vulture
Sora-one out in the open
Killdeer
Solitary Sandpiper
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Tree Swallow-two pair using wood duck houses
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Gray Catbird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Carolina Chickadee-did not sing
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay
American Crow
European Starling
Yellow-throated Vireo-possibly carrying nesting material near front 'gate'
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler-male up in tree line near parking lot-female across lake
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee-different dialect on each side of lake?
Field Sparrow-heard when driving on road
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole-singing loudly on territory in strange soaked plumage
American Goldfinch

Date: 5/6/03
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Mark Piepmeier
Other Birders:

Among other birds, 2 Rufous sided (Eastern) Towhees, 2 Baltimore Orioles

Date: 8 May 2003
Location: Oh-tuck-iana
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I just realized I made an error in my last post. It's Jason that I should be congratulating on his big day.

Date: 8 May 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Newport, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Judging by Neil's post, I picked the wrong day to weed-whack back the jungle that my yard was becoming - should have been out birding instead. I did get out to Taylor Park in the late PM. A breeding plumaged FORSTER'S TERN was alternately riding on floating logs and then flying back upriver between Covington and Newport. Also 1 male American Wigeon.

Date: same
Location: same
Reporter: Don Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The last line should read "The last week of August" NOT April!

Date: 5/8/2003
Location: House, New Richmond, OH 7:30pm
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

8+ Common Nighthawks feeding (including doing flips) over the house. At one time, there seemed to be a nighthawk in every direction of the sky, but with the trees in my yard, I could not tell if some were the same ones. It almost looked like the last week of April (for here).

Date: 5/8/03 7:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Wetlands and Forest
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Several

What a SPECTACULAR day of birding!!! This low front must have really moved in the migrants because I did extremely well on warblers, ending up with 29 species for the day!!!

Highlights (from Bowle's Woods): Wood Thrushes everywhere easily 30 birds, 2 Swainson's Thrushes, 2 Acadian Flycatchers, 2 Yellow-throated Vireos, 15 Kentucky Warblers (at least), 1 CONNECTICUT WARBLER (I heard the bird singing as soon as I arrived around 7:30 A.M. I immediately jumped out of my car and began looking for it. I spotted it after a couple of minutes in a low bush right across from the bathroom. What a great start!!), and 3 Scarlet Tanagers.

Then when the birding slowed down I continued up to the ballfield just past the Woods. Here I walked to the far end of the ballfield to the blacktop path and had a fallout of warblers! These included: Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Magnolia, Yellow-rumped (representing about half of the birds observed), BLACKBURNIAN (gorgeous male), Black-and-white, MOURNING (this bird was observed for at least 5 minutes providing excellent looks!!), and Hooded. Other highlights were: 1 SANDHILL CRANE (fly-over), 1 Great-crested Flycatcher, and 1 SUMMER TANAGER (molting).

Finally, I left the Woods and went back down the hill. I stopped at the Big Oak picnic area at the bottom of the hill, because there were other birders looking in the trees. Figuring this was a good sign, I stopped in and highlights seen include: 2 Double-crested Cormorants (fly-over) 1 Blackpoll Warbler, 5 Cerulean Warblers, and heard 1 NORHTERN WATERTHRUSH (calling downstream from a little creek right next to the picnic area, thanks to Roger and Ken for hearing this bird first and pointing it out).

Speaking of these two birders they informed me of several good birds up at the Timberlakes area. I stopped there next and added: 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (heard an then seen), 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 1 LEAST FLYCATCHER, 2 Northern Parulas, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 3 Black-throated Green Warblers, 3 Yellow-throated Warblers, 3 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 3 American Redstarts, 5 Ovenbirds, 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes, and 2 Yellow-breasted Chats.

Finally, I left the Forest and headed out to the Wetlands. A short side stop en-route to the Wetlands at the campground right next to the main lake provided: 2 Cape May Warblers, 1 Prarie Warbler, and yet another BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. Now here are the highlights from the Wetlands: 3 Nothern Bobwhites, 4 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 BELL'S VIREO (heard then seen pretty much exactly where my dad and Hank found it, hanging around in the Locust trees by the bike path right past the Observation Blind), 1 WINTER WREN (first seen by my dad who ran out to meet me after he heard about all of the good birds I was seeing), all 6 species of swallows that can normally be seen around here (Tree, Purple Martin, Rough-winged, Bank, Barn, and Cliff), 3 Horned LArks, 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 15 Common Yellowthroats, 12 Savannah Sparrows, 1 LE CONTE'S SPARROW (seen just past the batbox at the back of the lake actually sitting still on a dead teasel plant providing a decent look before flying off), 1 HENSLOW'S SPARROW (singing and then seen also just past the batbox), 1 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (also thanks to Dad we heard this bird), 2 Indigo Buntings, 5 Baltimore Orioles, 3 Orchard Orioles, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, 1 BOBOLINK (also thanks to Dad we heard and then saw this bird fly over our heads).

Now as far as figures go: 122 SPECIES OF BIRDS ON THE DAY, 29 SPECIES OF WARBLERS, and 30 NEW BIRDS FOR THE YEAR!! AWESOME BIRDING!!!

Date: 5/9/03
Location: backyard and Vine street cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Catbird, Brown thrasher, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, B Oriole adn mocker were all trying to out sing each other in the back yard so I thought I would check out the adjacent cemetery. Found Cape Mays, Blackburnians, Black-throated Blues, Tennessees, Palms and Yellow-rumps. Also Indigo Buntings and Least Flycatcher.

Date: 5/7/2003
Location: Spring Valley/Caesar's Creek
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

A Wilson's phalarope (female in alternate plumage) was present this AM at Spring Valley. The bird was feeding among 30 or so lesser yellowlegs on the southeast portion of the drained lake. Although it is in absolutely spectacular plumage it can be rather cryptic amongst the vegetation. Other shorebirds present included semioalmated plovers (8), killdeer (15), solitary sandpiper (10), spotted sandpiper (2), least sandpiper (4), and dunlin (3). The shorebirds were not visible from the south parking lot - to see them park at the south lot then walk to the southeastern "corner" of the lake and scan to the northwest.

On the way to Spring Valley, I stopped at the beach at Caesar's Creek where a dozen ring-billed gulls were joined by 6 Caspian terns.

Date: May 7, 2003
Location: Union Township, Milford
Reporter: Diana Snouffer
Other Birders:

I am happy to report my first ever sighting of a scarlet tanger. I was attracted to his beautiful song so I grabbed my binoculars to spot him just off my deck high up in an old elm tree. He was sleek with rich red color and black wings. I listened and watched him for about 15 minutes before he ventured over to my neighbors yard. We have a wide variety of birds here including blue birds, cardinals, pileated woodpeckers and lots of owls.

Date: 5/7/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Added a couple species to last nights total this morning. 1 Common Loon, 1 Ruddy Duck, 1 Black Tern, 2 Orchard Orioles.

Date: 6 May 2003
Location: Brookville Lake and Bath flooded fields
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders: Anne Rust

The mudflats at the north end of Brookville Lake (Treaty Line Road) are disappearing fast as water levels rise. But today the following birds were there: Lesser Yellowlegs 8, Semipalmated Sandpiper 23, Stilt Sandpiper 1, Spotted Sandpiper 9, Bonaparte's Gull 1. The fields around Bath and south of Raymond have a lot of water in places. Only shorebirds present were Solitary, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, but habitat should hold for a while and diversity increase.

Other good birds for the day: Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 (near Dunlapsville Causeway), Black-billed Cuckoo 1 (about 1.5 mi S of Raymond), Blackpoll Warbler 1 (Mounds SRA).

Date: 6 May 2003
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Progress at the 2 White-breasted Nuthatch nests - male carrying food and removing fecal sacs at the one, male carrying food and female peering out from the hole at the other. Also 1 still constantly singing Louisiana Waterthrush, 3 Northern Parulas, 2 Scarlet Tanagers, 2 Baltimore Orioles, 4 Wood Thrushes.

Date: 6 May 2003
Location: NKU Campus, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A Lincoln's Sparrow in the little patch of woods near the auditorium. Got the added treat of watching it perched up on a twig while singing its bubbly song.

Date: 5/6/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I made a quick stop on the way to work this evening hoping to find a Little Blue Heron, Willet, something. But of course nothing like that. 1 PB Grebe, 4 C Geese, 6 RN Ducks, 1 female Hooded Merg, 4 Red breasted Mergs, 2 YB Cuckoos, 1 RE Vireo, and a Northern Oriole were of note during the 20 min stop.

Date: 5-6-03
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Also: three White-crowned sparrows.

Date: 5-6-03
Location: Rapid Run Park/ Backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Late Tuesday morning stroll in park from 10:30 to 11:30: 10 species of warbler including Prairie, Nashville (H), Black-throated green, Blue-winged (H), Yellow-throated (H), Black-and-white, Yellow (H), Chestnut-sided, Yellow-rumped, American redstart. Pileated, downy, flicker, red-bellied.

In my backyard at 9:30 am: as I stood about three feet from the spot on our deck where I had NOT YET hung my hummingbird feeder, a very "angry-appearing" ruby-throat buzzed my head, hovered over the place where the feeder was last summer, then flew to the closest bare branch where hummers always perched/guarded the sugar source last year. I believe it was trying to say "Hey lady, I've migrated a long way and you can't make a trip to your basement to get your feeders?" By this afternoon, I had two feeders up and a regular visitor.

Last evening from backyard: common nighthawk (H) over neighborhood.

Saturday at Bowles Woods at Miami Whitewater Forest (with L. Leisner) from 9:00-11:30: Territorial acting Kentucky near Bowles Woods restrooms, Indigo buntings, many Scarlet tanagers and one immature male Summer tanager, Wood thrushes gathering nesting material along roadside, Swainson's thrush, Palm, Black-throated green, Yellow-rumped, Ovenbird (H), Worm-eating (H), Acadian flycatcher (H), Red-eyed vireo: Cerulean at Timber Lakes parking lot: near spillway by main lake found Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, and Chat also Lesser yellowlegs, Baltimore oriole, White-eyed vireo, Barn swallows.

Date: 5/6/03
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Lots of birdsong this early AM. Heard or saw 15 species of warblers and a variety of other migrants in about an hour today. I still get the impression that overall numers of migrants are fairly low.

Warblers seen included - ovenbird, hooded (female), palm, yellow-rumped, blackburnian, black-and-white, worm-eating, blackpoll, Nashville, Tennessee, N. parula, yellow and common yellowthroat. Heard only were Kentucky and black-throated green.

Other notables included - blue-headed vireo, scarlet tanager, wood thrush and my first 3 Eastern wood peewees of the spring.


Date: 5 May 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Newport, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Upon my return from a trip, I was surprised to find a breeding plumaged BLACK TERN winging around the mouth of the Licking just across from downtown Cincinnati around 10 AM. After skimming low over the water for about 15 minutes, it began to circle higher and flew over the Covington historic area (Kenton Co.) then headed back east across the Licking. There were 3 Spotted Sandpipers in the floating drift from the rising Licking and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the trees at Taylor Park (another surprise). Also 3 Yellow Warblers, 2 Warbling Vireos and 10 White-crowned Sparrows (and 5 more White-crowned Sparrows at the Watertown Yacht Club).

Date: 5-06-03
Location: Mount St. Joseph
Reporter: S. Marty Dermody
Other Birders: none

Summer Tanager this morning around 10 a.m. What a beautiful sight.

Date: 5 May 2003
Location: VOA
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders: Diana Shuler

730 - 900 pm. Bobolink (15+, including 2 female), savannah sparrow (5), killdeer (1), Wilson's snipe (3), mallard duck (10+), eastern meadowlark (20+), tree swallow (4), red-winged blackbird (10+), eastern kingbird (1), American robin (2), HENSLOW'S SPARROW (2), SEDGE WREN (1).

Henslow's sparrow and sedge wren were both located north of Ball field A at the apparent highest elevation point. Sedge wren was singing on top of vegetation for about 5 minutes in response to a quick pish. Henslow's did not start singing until 8:45 when it was getting dark.

Date: May 4,2003
Location: Kellogg Ave-Little Miami River
Reporter: Roger Ash
Other Birders:

Short 90 minute trip produced some great birds...highlights included: scarlet tanager,indigo bunting,red-eyed vireo,numerous Northern Orioles,and other typical suspects

Date: 05/05/03
Location: Glenway at Cleves-Warsaw
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

2 Common Nighthawks flying over St. Theresa, seen from CVS parking lot.
1 Barn Swallow flying over my backyard on Kellywood. 4 Chimney Swifts.

Date: May 5th, 2003
Location: Finneytown
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: none

Today in my yard after the rains stopped between 9:45 - 10:30 AM, were Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, Scarlet Tanager 1 (female), Great-crested Flycatcher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2.

Date: May 5th, 2003
Location: Trillium Trails and Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: none

Birds of note this evening between 7:45 - 8:50 PM: Indigo Bunting 5, Swainson's Thrush 1-2, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 (male and female), Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Eastern Kingbird 2, LINCOLN'S SPARROW 1 (this bird was below the southernmost tip of the outer Wetland Loop Trail at Glenwood Gardens, below where a bench overlooks the treeline, in a shrub in the flat field. This bird perched low and sang for me for about 20 minutes), White-throated Sparrow 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, Northern Oriole 3, Orchard Oriole 1.

Date: 05-04-03
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife and surroundings
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: Ada Habig

Missed the White-rumped sanpiper but saw the others, plus Orchard Oriole, Sora, Palm Warbler.

Nearby had an immature Bald Eagle. From the amount of white on the head probably a three year old bird.

Date: 5/5/2003
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Made a quick run to Spring Valley before work today to see if I could locate the white-rumped sandpiper reported by Jay Stenger et al yesterday but unfortunately did not find it. Shorebirds present included killdeer (15), lesser yellowlegs (2), solitary sandpiper (21) and spotted sandpiper (2).

On the bright side, last night's downpours have refreshed the mudflats and the habitat looks great with plenty of water for even the larger shorebirds. "Good" shorebirds in SW Ohio tend to be "one-day wonders" however, so good habitat or not - timing is everything.

Date: 04/30/03 and 05/01/03
Location: Bellevue, KY and Covedale (Cincinnati, OH)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Sorry for this belated post. My computer was down and I just finished replacing the power supply.

04/30/03 Bellevue, Ky
Heard 1 WOOD THRUSH behind Party Source.

05/01/03 Covedale
Had the most unexpected visitor in my backyard while changing the lawn mower bag. An EASTERN KINGBIRD was perched in the top of my next door neighbor's Silver Maple.

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2003
Location: Caesars Creek SP & Spring Valley SWA
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger, Joe Bens and Ned Keller


Some of the species found at Spring Valley during a mid afternoon visit included; Great Blue Heron 15, Green Heron, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 15, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Spotted Sandpiper, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, House Wren 2, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Yellow-throated Vireo 2, Warbling Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler 4, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Prothonatary Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Baltimore Oriole.
Some of the species found at Caesars Creek included; Cooper's Hawk, Warbling Vireo, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Prairie Warbler 2+, and Common Yellowthroat 4.

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2003
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger, Joe Bens & Ned Keller


Again birding was generally slow, although we were able to find some interesting species during a short visit. Hilites included; Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, House Wren 2, Swainsons Thrush, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo 3, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Tennessee Warbler 2, Nashville Warbler 4+, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler 10+, Black-throated Green Warbler 2, Palm Warbler 2, Blackpoll Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Oriole 2+.

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2003
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Audobon Society Field Trip, 22 participants


Although we were able to see and hear many species on this mornings field trip, birding seemed pretty slow overall for this date and we did not find large numbers of migrants. Hilites included; Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Swainsons Thrush, Wood Thrush 2, Gray Catbird 3, Blue-headed Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Tennessee Warbler 2, Nashville Warbler 5, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler 2, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler 20, Palm Warbler 3, Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager 4, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4, Indigo Bunting 2, White-throated Sparrow, Orchard Oriole and Baltimore Oriole 3.

Date: May 4th, 2003
Location: Finneytown
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: none

Today in my yard, saw my first Swainson's Thrush of the year.

Date: 5/3/03
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I stopped by SV yesterday late morning. Birds of note included 2 Virgina Rails and a Blackburnian Warbler. Many expected residents found as well.

Date: May 3, 2003
Location: Cowan Lake (Clinton County)
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Ed Roush

The Cowan spillwy looks just right for shoreirds and was hosting 8 Spotted Sandpipers. Another was on the beach and four more on the mudflat off Lotus Cove. Other birds were 6 Pectoral Sandpipers, 10 Least, 2 Solitary and 3 Lesser Yellowlegs. There was also 1 Great Egret and 3 Cormorants.

On the rail the nesting Redsstarts are back as are the Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireo, Catbird, Baltimore Oriole,and the Kentucky Warbler. There are Red-shouldered Hawks in several locations.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Add to the sightings below, a group of 8 Double-breasted Cormorant which circled slowly around the Ponds, making a few slow passes over Cattail Marsh (though it isn't very "marshy" at the moment)

Date: 5-3-2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

This evening, between 6-7, most of the shorebirds had cleared out, leaving behind only a solitary Solitary Sandpiper. Also seen were a lone Black-crowned Night Heron (Old Ice Pond) and a flyover Green Heron at Cattail Marsh. A single Nashville Warbler was present (one was banded this morning as well) along with several Yellow Warblers. Orioles, both Orchard and Baltimore, were just about everywhere, as it seemed were Catbirds.

Date: May 3, 2003
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

A quick visit to the Oxbow turned up 15-20 Cormorants, 3 Common Egrets, 3 Great-blue Heron, 5 Turkey Vultures, 12 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Killdeer, one Yellow Warbler, and a pair of Palm Warblers.

Date: May 3, 2003
Location: VOA & Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jeff Brown

VOA, 6:30 am to 8:45 am: 2 great blue heron, 2 Canada geese, 2 mallard, 1 killdeer, 1 lesser yellowlegs, 5 solitary sandpipers, 1-2 Wilson's snipe, 1 SEDGE WREN (east side of VOA, opposite Ballfield A), 10+ savannah sparrows, 4 Henslow's sparrows, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 30+ bobolinks, including 3 females, red-winged blackbirds, 20+ eastern meadowlarks.

Hamilton Fixture Settling Pond, east of Gilmore Ponds: 4 semipalmated plover, 6 killdeer, 10+ lesser yellowlegs, 10+ solitary sandpiper, 6 least sp, 2 pectoral sp, 1 blue-winged teal, 1 brown thrasher, chimney swift, northern rough winged swallow, tree swallow, barn swallow, 1 yellow warbler, 2 white-crowned sparrows, 2 song sparrows, 2 goldfinch.

Gilmore Ponds: 2 semipalmated plover, 2 lesser yellowlegs, 2+ least sandpipers. decreasing mudflats. Tim Tolford banded a Louisiana waterthrush, which is unusual for Gilmore Ponds, as well as an American redstart. He also banded at least 2 catbirds while I was there, which were the first I've seen this year.

Date: May 3, 03
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Neill Cade

We checked out the wetlands area first. Neill heard what he thought was a Bell's Vireo calling near the hiking trail at the cut off to the observation deck. We discovered a Bell's Vireo singing from the top of one of the trees just north of the path leading to the deck. Other birds seen at the park were Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Ceese, Wood Duck, Green-wing Teal, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal,Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser,Gerat Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Bobwhite, Sora, American Coot, Wilson's Snipe, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellie, Downy, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpeckers, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, Crow, Bell's, White-eyed, Blue-headed, Yellow-throated, Red-eyed & Warbling-Vireo, Wood Thrush, Robin, Gray Catbird, Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Starling, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, N. Rough-winged, Barn, & Cliff Swallows, Chickadee, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, N. Parula, Yellow Warbler, Cape May, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Black & White, Yellow-throated, Palm, Blackpoll, Cerulean, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Summer Tanager (male & female), Scarlet Tanager, Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle and Brown-headed Cowbird.

Date: 5/2/2003
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Finally some migrants - in a short walk around Burnet Woods this AM I found the following warblers - Nashville (6), Tennessee (5), Palm, Magnolia, N Parula,
Blackpoll, Black and White, and lots of yellow-rumps.

Other new or notable birds included - Scarlet tanager, Rose-breasted grosbeak (several males), indigo buntings, Swainson's thrush and red-eyed vireos.

Date: 4-30-03 & 5-01-03
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Wednesday am 10:30-12:00:
Blue-winged warber (heard), black-throated green (4), yellow-rumped (XX), yellow-throated (2), hooded (1), tennessee (1), wood thrush (heard), scarlet tanager (heard), indigo bunting, blue-headed vireo (1).
Thursday am 9:20-9:40:
Nashville (1).

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2003
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders:


This early afternoon, 3 Caspian Terns were seen on Winton Lake, just offshore from Harbor Point at Winton Road.

Date: 05-01-03
Location: Mount St. Joseph
Reporter: S. Marty Dermody
Other Birders:

Scarlet Tanager and Northern Oriole on the front avenue of the Motherhouse. Beautiful day and nice breeze.

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Audubon Field Trip, 14 participants


Several new arrivals were noted in a 2.5 hour walk around the cemetery this morning. Some of the species seen and heard included; Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Chimney Swift 3, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, E Wood-Pewee 1, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 6, House Wren 4, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11, Swainson's Thrush 2, Wood Thrush 2+, Brown Thrasher 2, Blue-headed Vireo 2, Warbling Vireo 5+, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Tennessee Warbler 3, Nashville Warbler 4, Northern Parula 4, Magnolia Warbler 1, Cape May Warbler 1+, Yellow-rumped Warbler 30+, Yellow-throated Warbler 6, Palm Warbler 2+, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, Blackpoll Warbler 1, Ovenbird 2, Kentucky Warbler 1+, Scarlet Tanager 2, Indigo Bunting 2, White-throated Sparrow 7+, and Baltimore Oriole 7. There may have been some other notable species seen or heard by others that I was not aware of, and I apoligize if so.

Date: April 30, 2003
Location: Voice of America 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 SEDGE WREN, 22 meadowlarks, 17 bobolinks (no females that I saw), 46 red-winged blackbirds, 6 savannah sparrows, 1 Henslow's sparrow, 2 song sparrow, 2 killdeer, 1 snipe, 2 mallards, 2 Canada geese, 2 starlings, 5 robins, 2 kestrels, 2 tree swallows.

The sedge wren was on the west side of the VOA, in the MetroParks property about 100 yards northeast of the picnic tables.

Date: April 30, 2003
Location: Little Miami floodplain between Fairfax and Beechmont Levee
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

Osprey on the river, and two shovelers in a floodplain pool along with about 30 shorebirds of eight species: snipe, killdeer, pectoral, solitary, greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, least and semipalmated sandpipers. With the semipalmated, a total of 206 species have been recorded in the vicinity of Horseshoe Bend, the area where a highway bridge over the Little Miami National Scenic River is being planned through some of the region's best floodplain and riparian habitats.

Date: April 29, 2003
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Fran Unger
Other Birders: Dick Unger

We saw 4 Caspian Terns, 7 Common Merganzers, 2 Double Crested Cormorants, 2 Goldfinches. We heard a Pine Siskin and Pileated Woodpecker also at the Lake.
On the way to the Lake we saw a Wild Turkey in a field along S.R. 730 west of Wilmington.

Date: 4.30.2003, 5:15- 5:40
Location: French Park, Amberly Village
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Short trip, highlights:
10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Pileated Woodpecker, 3 Eastern kingbird, 5 Barn Swallows

Date: 30 April 2003
Location: eastern Franklin Co., IN
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

I spent the morning (6hr, 95mi by car) birding the backroads of eastern Franklin Co., IN. My goal was to see how many Yellow-throated Warblers I could find by concentrating my time on bottomlands along streams and the river. I drove slowly, stopped often and counted carefully. Among the results:

Black Vulture 36, Turkey Vulture 96, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Least Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 9, Great Crested Flycatcher 8, Eastern Kingbird 11, White-eyed Vireo 13, Yellow-throated Vireo 13, Warbling Vireo 28, Red-eyed Vireo 23, House Wren 26, Wood Thrush 22,
American Pipit 1, Tennessee Warbler 1, Northern Parula 25, Yellow Warbler 38, Yellow-throated Warbler 24, Prairie Warbler 31, Cerulean Warbler 1, Ovenbird 4, Louisiana Waterthrush 21, Kentucky Warbler 4, Common Yellowthroat 43, Yellow-breasted Chat 2, Summer Tanager 2, Scarlet Tanager 15, Eastern Towhee 64, Chipping Sparrow 53, Field Sparrow 46, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4, Indigo Bunting 64, Orchard Oriole 7, Baltimore Oriole 79.

Many of these numbers are among the highest I've found recorded for the Whitewater River Valley. This does not indicate a peak of movement, rather it reflects intense work on one habitat type. In all I found 90 species today.

Date: 4/29/03
Location: Miami White Water Shaker Trace Trail
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

Highlights while jogging the trail: Solitary Sandpiper, flycatcher species (sorry, no binoculars), Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged Teal, Marsh Hawk. While taking a break at the observation platform, I noticed a disturbance in the cat-tails approximatelly 1 foot from the structure. It appeared to be a HENSLOW's SPARROW. Has anyone seen them there before?

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 8:40 AM
Location: Florence, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

One posting, but a great one for me. While cleaning tackle and tackle box, in preparation for our 17th straight fishing trip, I glanced up and there on my thistle feeder were two purple finches - male and female ! ! This is the first time in about five (5) years that I've had PF in my yard, either here in Florence or over in Edgewood.
Started to jump and get my digicam but lap was too full of hooks, line, lures, etc. Good Birding.

Granville Carey

Date:
Location:
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Last night in the previous post being 04/29/2003...

Date:
Location: Clifton home
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I was sitting on my front porch watching Chimney Swifts last night when a lone Common Nighthawk flew over.

Date: 4/28/03
Location: Crane Creek -Northern Ohio
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

I was in the Crane Creek -MaGee marsh area over the weekend and was very disapointed. It's almost still winter up there. The trees have very few leaves out and fewer birds. A few yellow rumps and not much else. I may give it a couple of weeks before going up again...

Date: April 28, 2003
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve & Bullskin Creek
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Loons have been commonly seen and heard on the river the last couple of weeks. Parula, Prothonotary, Common Yellowthroat, and Prairie Warblers have been found at Crooked Run. We also have had Orioles and Warbling Vireo, Yellowthroated Vireo.
At Bullskin Creek and US Rt. 52 the Cliff Swallows have returned. Bullskin Creek is about 3 miles east of Chilo and about 20 miles upriver from New Richmond.

Date: 4/29/03
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Checked the shorebird habitat at West Pond this AM. Unfortunately it is rapidly dwindling and without rain will be completely gone before the peak of spring shorebird migration.

Today on the mudflats there were killdeer (7), semipalmated plover (3), greater yellowlegs (1), lesser yellowlegs (16), solitary sandpiper (22), spotted sandpiper (2) and least sandpiper (1).

Migrant passerines are still hard to come by. One blue-winged warbler was present in the woods just north of the new parking lot along with several yellow-rumped warblers. Prothonotary warblers have also returned to their traditional breeding locales.

Date: 4/27/03
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders: 1

Birding by car while recovering from ankle surgery. Open to suggestions for places that can be well-viewed by car.
While in the Shawnee Lookout area, we found a banded racing pigeon, which we traced to the owner via the internet. Seems it flew down here from Butler County. Also seen: solitary sandpiper, mallards, northern rough-winged swallows, red-winged blackbird, turkey vultures, mockingbirds, cardinals, house finches, grackles, robins, and (gasp) starlings and house sparrows.

Date: N/A
Location: N/A
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: N/A

In the interest of accuracy, I'll withdraw my complaint about the lack of Empids in my previous posting. It's certainly a week or two early for any kinds of numbers. I'm also used to going to Boone Cliffs & Shawnee a little later.

Date: 4/26/2003 7:45 AM - 4:15 PM
Location: Boone Co., KY; Dearborn Co., IN; Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade and Hank Armstrong

Good numbers of passerine migrants and raptors, few waterfowl, no (zero) shorebirds. 88 species total with the following highlights...

Boone Cliffs & Aurora Ferry Rd: Black Vulture; Broadwinged Hawk; Wood, Swainson's, and Hermit Thrushes; 13 warblers including Prairie, Kentucky, Hooded, lots of Ovenbirds, and a Yellow-breasted Chat; both orioles.

Oxbow: Great Egrets; Black Vultures; Prothonotary and Palm Warblers.

Shawnee Lookout: Great Crested Flycatcher; Cliff Swallows; Magnolia and Cerulean Warblers; Scarlet Tanager.

Notably absent were the large numbers of Empidonax flycatchers, migrant warblers (breeders are here), and shorebirds that I've come to expect in these locations at this time of the year.

Date: April 28th, 2003
Location: Finneytown
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: none

This morning there was a full-plumage male Scarlet Tanager and a Yellow-throated Vireo in my back yard. Both were singing and allowing good views. Also a Northern Flicker. Last night (4-27-03) there were no migrants to be found in the same spot, but nearby in the same neighborhood there was a Hairy Woodpecker present, along with two Pileated Woodpeckers, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a Northern Flicker, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, an unidentified Accipter hawk, plus a host of common residents.

Date: 4/28/2003
Location: House - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

This morning while working in the yard a flock of ~20 Double-crested Cormorants flew over in a V heading north. A male hummer is now almost regular at the feeder and a male Baltimore Oriole is hanging around the yard & singing. It is starting to sound/feel/look more like spring finally.

Date: April 28
Location: Middletown
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

Yesterday I had a wavelet of one yellow-rumped warbler, so today I arose early to catch the rest of the wave. I was quietly sitting by the pond when suddenly a Coopers Hawk flew along one edge of the opening and back into the woods low. It had something clutched in its talons. Just as suddenly a Red Tail Hawk flew up to a high branch over the pond, did a U-turn and flew back into the woods after the Coopers. I am still waiting for the wave.

Date: April 27
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

There was lotza shorebirds on Saturday so I spent several hours Sunday Morning. The highlight was several Sora and Virginia Rail coming out into view. I took digital pictures of them.
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Turkey Vulture
Virginia Rail
Sora
American Coot
Killdeer
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
House Wren
American Robin
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay
American Crow
European Starling
Warbling Vireo
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
Species seen - 41

Date: 04/25/03
Location: MBY - Finneytown
Reporter: John Robinson
Other Birders: none

Juvenile Painted Redstart. Yes, I know they are rare, and it's too early, but what I saw looks just like the illustration on page 447 of Sibley's Guide to birds - an overgrown junco with a white patch at the end of its wings and white outside tail feathers.

Date: 26 April 2003
Location: VOA
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders:

About 100 yards north east of the lone tree north of ballfield A, I found at least 4 Henslow's sparrows calling and 2 bobolinks displaying.

Date: April 27
Location: Spring Grove
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders:

Arrived late in the day for warblers, mid-afternoon, but had good looks at Nashville, Parula, Yellow-rumped, Blue-winged, Great-crested FC, Gnatcatchers' and a TV soaring.

Date: 4/27/03
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Good shorebirding at West Pond this morning - Killdeer (10), semipalmated plover (1), greater yellowlegs (1), lesser yallowlegs (25), solitary sandpiper (12), pectoral sandpiper (80) and dunlin (1).

Also 1 Bonaparte's gull, pine and palm warblers and my first Baltimore and orchard orioles of the spring.

The area just behind Hamilton Fixture held 3 great egrets.

Date: 4/26/03
Location: Chilo, Ohio
Reporter: marchiena
Other Birders:

1 bald eagle overlooking ohio river from route 52.

Date: April 26th, 2003
Location: Winton Woods, Glenwood Gardens, Trillium Trails
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Wayne Wauligman, and Park District hike participants

Today we saw 65 species during the Winton Woods Birding Festival. One of the highlights was a flock of 38 Double-crested Cormorants flying north over Glenwood Gardens in a V pattern at about 1:15 PM, probably bound for Lake Erie. Other highlights at Glenwood Gardens: 1 Savannah Sparrow, 1 American Wigeon, 2 Yellow Warblers, 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 White-eyed Vireo, 2 Green Herons, and 3 Solitary Sandpipers. At Great Oaks Trail in Winton Woods there was a Northern Parula down by the creek, 2 Cooper's Hawks, ~ 10 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets. At the Silt Basin were another Parula Warbler, 3 Palm Warblers, 2 Blue-winged Teal, a few Wood Ducks, a Ruddy Duck, a handful of Mallards, 3 Great Blue Herons. Buffleheads were on the Lake at the dam, along with an active Great Blue Heron nest on "Goose Island."

Date: 4/26/03
Location: Birdfeeder
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: Donna Rowe

Our first Ruby-throated hummingbird sighting for the season. It came to our feeder this evening at 7:15 P.M.

Date: 25 April 2003, 0830-1030 am
Location: East Fork State Park Horseman's Area
Reporter: Linda Romine
Other Birders: none

Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Prairie, Blue-winged and Black-throated Green Warblers, Red and White eyed Vireos, Common Yellowthroat, House Wren and Wild Turkeys gobbling.

Date: 04/25/03
Location: I-275 just W of Colerain Ave.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

While driving eastbound, I noticed a small buteo perched with its back to me in a tree. At 65+ mph, I couldn't look at it closely, but it could have been a Broad-winged or a Red-shouldered. I'm leaning towards Broad-winged.

Date: 25 April 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Campell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Arrival; 1 Yellow Warbler - flew to Kenton Co. side also.

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

Arrivals; 1 Baltimore Oriole, 1 Wood Thrush. Continuing; 2 Northern Parulas, 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes, 6 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Date: Fri., April 25, 2003
Location: C.E.L.
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Correction of previous post. I said it was a late post, BUT 2002? Date should have been 2003.

Date: Wed., April 23, 2002 4:00 PM
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: Lew Feldhaus

Sorry for the lateness of this post. Once again stopped for brief visit in hopes of catching the red-headed woodpecker at his (?) usual foraging area. Bird showed up about 5:15, flew into one of "his" two trees for a quick cup of coffee, then took off. Waited for about 40 min then I took off. Also present was a lesser yellowlegs and about 6 + tree swallows. Swallow backs sparkled in the low light conditions.

Granville

Date: 4/23/03
Location: Our birdfeeder
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

We had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our feeder today. It's the first of the season!

Date: 4/25/2003 7:15 AM
Location: 3101 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

I stepped out of my car this morning to hear three different bird songs. The first was a Northern Mockingbird, the second was a Northern Cardinal, and the third was familiar, but not immediately recognizable. I looked across the street: found the mockingbird, found the cardinal, and found a Summer Tanager sitting in a small ornamental tree, singing his heart out! Now if the rest of the day can just live up to the start...

Date: 4/24/2003 7:15-9:00 PM
Location: East Fork State Park, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

With the weather front moving in, bird activity was very subdued...almost spooky! The silence was punctuated by few bird calls (mostly towhees) until ~8:30 PM.

Horseman's parking area: 3+ Barred Owls.

Campground: 2+ Whip-poor-wills, 2+ Woodcock, 1 Wild Turkey, 1 Broad-winged Hawk, 6+ White-crowned Sparrows.

Date: April 24, 2003
Location: Winton Woods settling pond and Dam
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

A quick visit to the settling pond and dam at Winton Woods turned up the following. American Coot(7), Wood Duck(3), Hooded Merganser(1), Great Blue Heron(3)(one on a nest on the Dam Island), Song Sparrow(2), Field Sparrow(1), Pied-billed Grebe(4), Blue-winged Teal(1), Mallard(5), Canada Goose(6), Tree Swallow (XXs), Barn Swallow(15), Yellow-rumped Warbler(2), Tennessee Warbler(2), Grackle(2), Cowbird (5), Red-winged Blackbird(7), Cardinal(4), Nashville Warbler(1), Robin(4), Turkey Vulture(6), Chimney Swift(15), Mockingbird(1), Killdeer(1), Starlings(40), Ovenbird(1), House Sparrow(1), Bluebird(1), Ruby-crowned Kinglet(1), Flicker(1), Chipping Sparrow(1), Goldfinch(1), Crow(1), Mourning Dove(1), and 4 White-tailed Deer.

Date: 4/23/03 1130-1
Location: Adams Cty south of West Union
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Grandfather

Made a quick nonbirding trip out to my grandfathers. Bird highlights include 1 female Northern Harrier, RE Vireo, WE Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, singing Prarie Warblers, 10+ singing Ovenbirds. Right time of day, more time, and a birding focus would have yielded more.

Date: 4/23/03
Location: Milford, Ohio (Miami Twp) backyard
Reporter: Edie Lotz
Other Birders:

Had my first warbler this afternoon, a Blue-winged...along with a Blue-gray gnatcatcher.

Date: April 23, 2003
Location: Voice of America, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 mallards, 2 N. bobwhite, 1 killdeer, 4 common snipe, 1 mourning dove, 2 horned larks, 1 tree swallow, 3 robins, 5 savannah sparrows, 1 HENSLOW'S SPARROW, 1 BOBOLINK, 29 red-winged blackbirds, 26 E. meadowlarks, 1 goldfinch.

Date: 4.23.2003
Location: Hueston Woods SP
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Campground: Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Parula (heard only), Pileated Woodpecker (2), Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Black Vulture.

Overnight, at least 3 Barred Owls heard hooting and cawing between one another.

On Acton Lake, many Turkey Vultures, Ring-billed Gulls, Double-breasted Cormorants, along with a single Ruddy Duck and a lone Common Loon.

Date: April 22, 2003
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

On a two hour walk on the trails with my dog, came up with the following warblers: Black-throated Green, Blue-winged, Hooded, Kentucky, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat and many Yellow-rumped. Other birds of note included Wild Turkey, Wood Duck, Pileated Woodpecker, many Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, and singing White-throated Sparrows. One sweet-sounding song in the woods was unfamiliar to me and I could not locate the bird so that one got away...

Date: April 22, 2003
Location: Clermont County near Bethel
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

On behalf of RAPTOR, Inc., I picked up an injured LONG-EARED OWL off St Rt 133 about 6 miles south of Bethel. The bird had been caught in a barbed wire fence, apparently overnight or in the early morning hours. Since we took this owl into rehab, it obviously cannot be re-located, but it seems like an incredibly late date.

Date: 4/23/03
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Mt. Airy Forest, McFarlen Woods
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Hoping to find more activity, I stopped at McFarlen on the way home from Mitchell. McFarlen was also DEAD!!

Only one notable species here: 1 Ovenbird (heard).

Date: 4/23/03 9:00-11:15 A.M.
Location: OH, Hamilton, Mitchell Memorial
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

The cold temperature sure did keep the migrants quiet today because Mitchell was DEAD!! The only notable species were: 1 Barred Owl (calling at around 10:00 A.M.), 2 Downy Woodpeckers (mating), 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 5 House Wrens, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 Hermit Thrushes (feeding on the ground on the Wood Duck Trail), 1 Northern Parula, 2 Pine Warblers, and 2 nests (1 looked like a raptor's nest).

Date: 4/23/03
Location: C.E.L. , Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Date wrong on previous post. Correct date - Sunday, April 20 th.

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2003
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none, but one angry fisherman

Sorry about this late posting but family matters took priorites. A Red-headed Woodpecker showed up at same picnic table as one last year, which appeared up on April 22nd. Could this be the same bird? Beautiful bird.
Only other birds worthy of mention - 9
to 12 Tree Swallows flitting over lake.

Date: 22 April 2003
Location: A.J. Jolly Park Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH by boardwalk at the environmental education center. 3 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Brown Thrashers and 3 Field Sparrows nearby. On the lake, 6 Double-crested Cormorants and 1 Pied-billed Grebe. A smattering of swallows winging over the water - 40 Barn, 20 Rough-winged, 3 Tree and 3 BANK(possibly my first for Campbell Co.) Swallows. One singing Warbling Vireo, and one devoted White-breasted Nuthatch couple (male fed female 6 insects within 10 minutes time). Also watched the female nuthatch capture, dispatch and devour a tent caterpillar.

Date: 4-12-2003
Location: Route 126- Near Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

I forgot to mention Chimney Swifts. There were probably 150-200 Chimney Swifts between the Lake Remington Fishing Lake and the chemical plant just east of it along Route 126 (just east of Loveland-Madeira Rd.)

Date: 4-21-2003
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Waterbird numbers are very low. American Coot 75, Ruddy Duck 15, Lesser Scaup 4, Ring-necked Duck 3, Pied-billed Grebe 5, Canada Goose 12, Mallard 3

The Camp Dennison Nature Trail held a pair of Downy and a single Hairy Woodpecker. One of the Downy's and the Hairy were pretty close, providing good sight and sound comparison. About half a dozen Blue-gray Gnatcathers were scattered along the trail, as well as a very vocal PRAIRIE WARBLER.

Date: 21 Apr 2003
Location: Brookville Lake, Fairfield Causeway
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

At about noon today the following were observed: Red-throated Loon (1 basic plumage), Common Loon 5 (4 basic, 1 alternate), Red-necked Grebe 1 (changing, in molt). I was joined by a wonderful couple from Hebron, KY but I (am very embarrassed I forgot to ask) don't know their names. To give credit where it is due, the grebe was first discovered on 17 April by a student of mine at Earlham College, Matt Klostermann.

Date: 4/19, 20, 21
Location: Clermont County backyard near river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard Kidd

This weekend - first rose breasted grosbeak(!), wood thrush, and humingbird!

Date: 4/21/03 9:15-11:00 A.M.
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

A much quieter morning today than yesterday for my dad, however a few good birds did put in a showing.

Highlights included 2 Green Herons, 1 Osprey (flying over the main lake), 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS (seen and heard on the outskirts of the woodlot), 4 species of Thrushes (GRAY-CHEEKED, HERMIT, WOOD, and American Robin), and, to top it all off, 1 Fox Sparrow.

Complete list (61 species): 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Green Herons, 3 Turkey Vultures, 25 Canada Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 1 American Wigeon, 20 Mallards, 1 Osprey, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 25 Rock Doves, 10 Mourning Doves, 15 Chimney Swifts, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 3 Northern Flickers, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 3 Warbling Vireos, 2 Philadelphia Vireos, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 5 Blue Jays, 15 American Crows, 20 Tree Swallows, 10 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 15 Carolina Chickadees, 5 Tufted Titmice, 2 Carolina Wrens, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 12 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Wood Thrush, 40 American Robins, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, 1 Brown Thrasher, 50 European Starlings, 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 3 Northern Parulas, 25 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers, 5 Yellow-throated Warblers, 2 Pine Warblers, 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, 1 Louisiana Waterthrush, 5 Chipping Sparrows, 1 Fox Sparrow, 15 Song Sparrows, 5 White-throated Sparrows, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 2 Dark-eyed Juncos, 12 Northern Cardinals, 10 Red-winged Blackbirds, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, 20 Common Grackles, 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 8 House Finches, 15 American Goldfinches, 20 House Sparrows. GOOD BIRDING!!

Date: Sunday, 4/20/03
Location: Brush Creek Area, Adams County
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Spent this morning (4/20/03) and part of the afternoon in Adams County in the Brush Creek area. Highlights included:

Ruffed Grouse 2 drumming Beasley Fork Road & Buzzard Roost Rock, 1 f. on nest w 11 eggs (location undisclosed), Chuck-will's-widow 1 Beasley Fork Road, arrived 5:00 am, stopped calling at 6:26 am (note: got light later, cloudy),
Whip-poor-will 2 Beasley Fork Road, White-eyed Vireo 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 3, Blue-headed Vireo 3, Red-eyed Vireo 6, Wood Thrush 3, Blue-winged Warbler 3, Northern Parula 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 14, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 15, Pine Warbler 4, Palm Warbler 1, Prairie Warbler 45, Ovenbird 33, Louisiana Waterthrush 4, Common Yellowthroat 2, Hooded Warbler 3, Scarlet Tanager 1

Date: Saturday, 4/19/03
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Hank & Lynette Armstrong

Highlights from Saturday morning at Eastfork SP:

Osprey 1, Whip-poor-will 1 Horseman's Parking Area & Park Campground), Great Horned Owl 1 (calling SE of North Beach), Barred Owl (chorus)8! (from separate locations around Horseman's Parking Area), White-eyed Vireo 1, House Wren 1, Wood Thrush 1, Blue-winged Warbler 4, Northern Parula 2, Yellow-throated Warbler 3, Prairie Warbler 5, Ovenbird 1, Louisiana Waterthrush 3, Common Yellowthroat 2, Hooded Warbler 1.

Birded with Hank and Lynette Armstrong for two thirds of the morning.

Date: 20 April 2003
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

In my front yard, my first White-eyed Vireo of the season - making a vociferous request that someone should promptly pay "the beer check".

Date: 4/20/2003 6:00-6:30 P.M.
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

My mom and I took a short 30-minute walk this evening around the wetlands. A short but productive hike provided three new year birds for me.
Trip List(year birds in CAPS): 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Great Blue Herons, 3 Black Vultures, 12 Turkey Vultures, 5 Canada Geese, 5 Wood Ducks, 2 Gadwalls, 1 American Black Duck, 3 Mallards, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Green-winged Teal, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Sora(heard only), 20 American Coot, 2 Killdeer, 10 Rock Doves, 12 Mourning Doves, 1 COMMON NIGHTHAWK(flyover by the observation deck), 5 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 2 Blue Jays, 10 American Crows, 1 Horned Lark, 35 Tree Swallows, 12 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 1 BANK SWALLOW, 20 Barn Swallows, 8 Carolina Chickadees, 2 Tufted Titmice, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Carolina Wrens, 30 American Robins, 1 Brown Thrasher, 25 European Starlings, 3 Common Yellowthroats, 5 Eastern Towhees, 3 Chipping Sparrows, 10 Field Sparrows, 12 Song Sparrows, 3 Swamp Sparrows, 20 White-throated Sparrows, 12 Northern Cardinals, 50 Red-winged Blackbirds, 5 Eastern Meadowlarks, 30 Common Grackles, 10 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 5 American Goldfinches, 10 House Sparrows. HAPPY BIRDING!!

Date: April 20, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Mark Piepmeier
Other Birders:

I saw what at first I could not believe - a large dark snake about 50 feet up in a sycamore tree on the lip of a medium sized cavity. I figured something must have placed it there but I saw no hawk or owl activity. I checked back 10 minutes later and it was gone but I could make out the "horns" of a great horned owl sticking out of the cavity. If you go the middle of the trail on the backside of the settling pond there is a group of several sycamores on the edge of the back woods and the knot is in the center sycamore around 5 feet above the first fork in the tree. It is a little hard to see as the cavity opening is nearly parallel to the ground.

Date: 4/17/03
Location: Marydale Lake - Erlanger, KY
Reporter: Lana Hays
Other Birders:

Sorry for the late post but I wanted a positive ID and then was gone. At Marydale Retreat Lake (across the street from St. Henry District HS where I teach) I spotted 2 surf scoters. I went back 4 times to get shots and when I could get close enough shots it was pouring rain. I got some reasonable shots when the rain let up some. This lake has been a goldmine for me with ducks. I just wished that I had started checking it earlier in the year.
I am included a webpage of the pictures that I took of the scoter along with other birds I've photographed this month. There is a picture of the mother GHO and the owlets at Lake Isabella. If you want to see the owlets now is the time because they are gettting anxious to go.

http://homepage.mac.com/lhays/PhotoAlbum65.shtmll

Lana Hays

Date: April 20, 2003, 2 p.m.
Location: Terrace Park, OH
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

First sighting this season of male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at feeder.

Date: 4/20/2003 8:15 - 11:30 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Continuing yesterday's "Spring" strategy paid off nicely. My season-first Broad-winged Hawk, Great Crested Flycatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush (way early!), Ovenbird, and Scarlet Tanager left me thinking it was May, not April. I'm guessing that the south winds have something to do with this. A side trip to Mt. Airy Forest added two birds (not on trip list): Pileated Woodpecker and Louisiana Waterthrush.

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are everywhere now and busy too: I've found three of their nests in the past two days.

Trip List: Turkey Vulture 1, Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 4, Mallard 16, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Killdeer 2, Rock Dove 4, Mourning Dove 18, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 7, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 4, Great Crested Flycatcher 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 12, Blue Jay 4, American Crow 8, Carolina Chickadee 25, Tufted Titmouse 18, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 3, House Wren 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 9, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 40, Gray-cheeked Thrush 1, American Robin 50, Northern Mockingbird 4, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 25, Northern Parula 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 6, Yellow-throated Warbler 5, Ovenbird 1, Scarlet Tanager 1, Eastern Towhee 3, Chipping Sparrow 70, Song Sparrow 25, White-throated Sparrow 10, Northern Cardinal 30, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 20, Brown-headed Cowbird 25, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 15, House Sparrow 7.

Date: 4/19/2003 7:30 - 10:30 AM
Location: Spring Valley WA, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade (also met Chris, John, and Dale)

This weekend's strategy involved visiting places starting with "Spring". It seemed to work! The rails, bittern, and shorebirds are still present, with a definite increase in passerine migrants. The rails offered fantastic views, with a Virginia and Sora side-by-side only 60 feet from the boardwalk!

Most of the warblers, vireos, and other migrants were viewed along the bicycle trail, particularly north of the bridge. On a side-trip to Caesar's Creek, (not icluded on trip list) we picked up Caspian Tern, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Thrush, and Prairie Warbler.

Trip List: Common Loon 2, Double-crested Cormorant 2, Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 8, Green-winged Teal 8, Mallard 12, Blue-winged Teal 30, Great Blue Heron 6, Green Heron 2, American Bittern 1, Turkey Vulture 7, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Virginia Rail 3, Sora 9, American Coot 3, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 10, Solitary Sandpiper 7, Pectoral Sandpiper 35, Killdeer 10, Ring-billed Gull 5, Rock Dove 3, Mourning Dove 12, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 15, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 2, American Robin 50, Northern Mockingbird 2, Brown Thrasher 4, European Starling 25, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 1, House Wren 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12, Tree Swallow 80, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Carolina Chickadee 18, Tufted Titmouse 5, Horned Lark 6, House Sparrow 9, American Goldfinch 18, House Finch 6, Blue-winged Warbler 1, Northern Parula 1, Yellow Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 18, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 2, Palm Warbler 3, Common Yellowthroat 1, Song Sparrow 35, Swamp Sparrow 20, White-crowned Sparrow 15, White-throated Sparrow 12, Chipping Sparrow 15, Field Sparrow 25, Eastern Towhee 10, Northern Cardinal 40, Red-winged Blackbird 150, Eastern Meadowlark 12, Common Grackle 75, Rusty Blackbird 15, Brown-headed Cowbird 25.

Date: APril 20
Location: Lost Bridge, Shawnee Loookout
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders: Ned Keller

Highlights were at least 30-40 Cliff Swallows and an Osprey at Lost Bridge. No signs of the Peregrines at the nest box on the tower.
Solitary Sandpiper at the Boat Ramp. Miami Fort trail produced a Yellow-throated Vireo, several N. Parula, 1 Chestnut-sided, Cerulean, Black and Turkey Vultures, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-throated & Yellow warblers, wild Turkeys gobbling.

Date: April 19, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Dave Dister, Mark Petemeyer, et. al.

1 great egret, 1 black-crowned night heron (flyover), 3 Canada geese, 2 mallards, 3 blue-winged teal, 1 shoveler, 2 TVs, 1 Cooper's hawk, 2 coot, 1 killdeer, 10 lesser yellowlegs, 1 spotted sandpiper, 6 pectoral sps., 2 mourning doves, 1 downy, 2 phoebe, 1 tree swallow, 3 n. rough-winged swallows, 1 crow, 2 chickadee, 1 rc kinglet, 3 bg gnatcatcher, 1 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (in the woods behind South Pond. It also sang a few times), 10 robins, 1 thrasher, 3 starling, 2 blue-winged warblers, 1 parula, 3 yellow, 1 prairie, 2 cardinals, 2 towhees, 1 field sparrow, 1 song, 1 swamp, 20+ white-throated sparrow, 50+ red-winged blackbirds, 3+ rusty blackbirds, 1 grackle, 20+ cowbirds, 1 goldfinch. Tim Tolford was banding this morning and had, among others, a thrasher, oodles of white-throated sparrows, a blue-winged warbler, a female prairie warbler, at least two or three swamp sparrows, and a downy woodpecker he first caught in 2001.

Date: 4/19/03
Location: Brookville Reservoir
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Prairie, Yellow-throated warblers and Northern Parula, Hermit Thrush, Red-necked Grebe, many Common Loons but not sure about the Red-throated.

Butterfly:Falcate Orangetip.

Date: 4/18/03
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands and Forest
Reporter: Lori Brumbuagh
Other Birders:

First Warbling Vireo of season at Wetlands. Yellow warblers at Wetlands and Northern Parulas at Bowles Woods. Eastern Phoebe at Forest.
Wetlands:Bobwhites, pair of Sharp Shinned Hawks, Brown Thrashers, Blue wing Teal, Buffleheads, Gadwalls

Date: 04/19/2003
Location: Miami Twp. near Loveland
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders:

In my backyard I observed a barred owl snacking on crayfish in broad daylight. I don't believe that crawdads are the standard fare for these birds. Photo of same: http://home.fuse.net/pets/lobster.jpg

Date: 04/19/03 9:00 -9:45 a.m.
Location: Camp Dennison gravel pits --Large lake from nature trail
Reporter: Larry Becker
Other Birders:

1 Great Egret, 1 Snowy Egret, 1 D.C. Cormorant, 1 Horned Grebe. The Red-necked Grebe is still present. Several Ruddy Ducks in breeding plumage.

Date: 18 April 2003
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

First spring sightings highlights - 2 singing NORTHERN PARULAS, 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK. Also 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 2 singing Louisiana Waterthrushes, 2 Eastern Phoebes, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 6 Turkey Vultures (lots of raptor activity overhead). Confirmed the reason that one White-breasted Nuthatch nest was deserted - a gray squirrel peeking out of the hole. 19 April - Two other WBNU nests are active with females incubating - same 2 holes as several years ago. Also pheobe building nest, most of same species as yesterday minus some of the raptors.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2003
Location: Brookville Reservoir region
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Best birds found here by far were a RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 SURF SCOTERS, a male and female in breeding plumage. Both species were seen along the Fairfield Causeway. The Red-necked Grebe was seen north of the causeway on the west side of the lake, near the marina buoys. The Surf Scoters were seen on the south side of the causeway nearer the west shore but very close to the causeway. Later, while talking to Bill Buskirk, he told me he had seen a RED-THROATED LOON north of the causeway, also around the bouys of the marina, earlier this morning. Jack and I did not see this bird when we were there late this afternoon.
An Osprey is back on the nest at its usual site at the extreme north end of Brookville Reservoir along Brownsville Rd. just north of Rt 44.
Some other species we found in the area included; Common Loon 12+, Pied-billed Grebe 3, Red-breasted Merganser 8, Black Vulture 4, Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Wilsons Snipe 1, Horned Lark 15+, and our first of the year Cliff Swallows 10+.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2003
Location: Hueston Woods SP
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Some of the hilites from our afternoon visit to Hueston Woods SP included; Black Vulture 2, Coopers Hawk, 2 fairly early Common Terns, Pileated Woodpecker, Horned Lark 10+, American Pipit 1, Purple Martins 10+, Brown Thrasher, our first of the year Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler 11, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Eastern Towhee 10+.
At a small wet spot at the Co-op along US 27 northwest of Oxford Ohio, were 50 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs.

Date: 4/18/03
Location: Southern Brown/Clermont Co.s - US 52 area
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

I birded my cousin's farm and nearby areas today.
Below are birds seen and where.

Bullskin Creek (Southern Clermont Co., near Brown
line):

1 Great Egret

There is extensive mudflats at this location, however
I didn't see any shorebirds.

My cousin's farm (Southern Brown Co.)

1 Common Loon - flying around in Circles fairly low
(odd)

TV and BV - BV outnumbered TV - a pair of BV were
mating on the roof of a barn in Southern Clermont Co.

Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2 - vocalizing - they have nested at this
location in the past

Kestrel 1
Wild Turkey 1
LEAST FLYCATCHER 1
Barn Swallows XX - are back nesting in the barn. They
arrived yesterday.

Brown Thrasher - at least 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - many
White-eyed Vireo 1
Black and White Warbler 1
Blue-winged Warbler - at least 2, one giving the
"aggressive call"

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2
Prairie Warbler - XX? - the goats have cleared the
Japanese honeysuckle and the habitat is more favorable
to them. There used to be only a few. I saw them
within 3 feet of my head as they were chasing each
other.

Eastern Meadowlark - X
Lots of Towhees
Lots of singing Field Sparrows
Quite a few singing White-throated Sparrows

Many, many butterflies, including XXXs of Falcate Orangetips

Date: Friday, April 18, 2003
Location: Caesars Creek SP & Spring Valley SWA
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


There were few water birds present at Caesars Creek SP in our short visit there this morning, but we did find 3 first of the year species for us, which included 5 Prairie Warblers, 1 Blue-winged Warbler and 2 White-eyed Vireos. We also saw 15 Rusty Blackbirds, Yellow-throated Warbler, 6 Purple Martins and 20 Eastern Towhees which seemed at peak migration everywhere we went today.
We did not find the large number of shorebirds reported in previous posts at Spring Valley SWA this morning, although the habitat looked great. Some species seen there included; Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal 22, Greater Yellowlegs 3, Lesser Yellowlegs 3, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Chimney Swift 2, Belted Kingfisher 2, many swallows, our first of the season House Wrens 2, Brown Thrasher, our first of the year Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow-throated Warbler, and more Eastern Towhees 5+.
There were 3 Common Loons and 20+ Bank Swallows in the Roxanna Rd gravel pit.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2003
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Some species seen at the settling pond this morning included; Pied-billed Grebe 2, American Wigeon 2, Ruddy Duck 1, Chimney Swift 2, Tree Swallow 30~, N Rough-winged Swallow 15~, Barn Swallow 5, Palm Warbler 1, and Yellow-rumped Warbler 25~.
Some species seen in other areas at Winton Woods included nesting Coopers Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawk, 3 Yellow-throated Warblers and 10+ Eastern Towhees

Date: Friday, April 18, 2003
Location: Blue Ash
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

A single Pileated Woodpecker flew over Reed Hartman Highway at Peppermill Lane.

Date: April 18, 2003 7:30 P.M.
Location: Loveland Bike Trail
Reporter: Bob Lacker
Other Birders:

Summer Tanager just south of bridge over the Little Miami River at Miamiville

Date: April 16-18, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds, etc.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

I highlighted a few birds that were spring firsts for me, though I imagine others have found these birds around, too. (I had good luck with babysitters this week, and I made it out a few mornings.)

April 18, Gilmore Ponds: 2 coot, 1 phoebe (there's a nest below the South Pond deck), 1 tree swallow, 6 n. rough-winged swallows, 2 barn swallows, 1 HOUSE WREN, 10+ bg gnatcatchers, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 RED-EYED VIREO, 1 blue-winged warbler, 1 towhee, 1 swamp sparrow, 2 field, 10+ song sparrows, 50+ redwinged blackbirds, 6 grackles, 20+ cowbirds, 10 goldfinch.

April 18, my backyard: 1 PRAIRIE WARBLER.

April 17, Gilmore Ponds: 6 blue-winged teal, 2 coot, 1 killdeer, 1 greater yellowlegs, 12 pectoral sandpipers, 1 spotted sandpiper, 2 tree swallows, 6 n. rough-winged swallows, 2 blue jays, 6 chickadees, 1 ruby-crowned kinglet, 10 bg gnatcatchers, 1 mocker, 1 thrasher, 2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, 8 yellow-rumped warblers, 1 PALM WBLR, 2 pair towhee, 2 field sparrows, 25+ white-throated sparrows, 25+ red-winged blackbirds, 1 rusty blackbirds, 20+ cowbirds, 6 goldfinch.

April 16, Dudley Woods: 2 blue-winged teal, 2 purple martins, 10+ each chickadee and titmouse, 4 ruby-crowned kinglets, 10+ blue-gray gnatcatchers, 1 NORTHERN PARULA, 2 towhee, 25+ white-throated sparrows.

April 16, Rentschler Forest: 6 TVs, 1 EASTERN KINGBIRD, 1 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WBLR, 1 PINE WARBLER, 1 chipping sparrow.

Date: 4/18/03
Location: Home, Stonelick Twp Clermont Cty
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

2 male Blue winged Warblers arrived today which is the typical date of return for them. Singing the morning away in the field they typically breed in.

Date: 04/17/03
Location: Cowan Lake State Park
Reporter: Karla J. Corzatt
Other Birders: Karen Burton

First of season male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, not quite in full summer plumage! I didn't think they got here this early in the year.

Date: 04/16/03
Location: Anderson Twp.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

1 Chimney Swift.

Date: April 16
Location: Mitchel Memorial Forest
Reporter: Ksthy McDonald
Other Birders:

One Palm Warbler, One Yellow-throated Warbler, fly over of a Chimney swift around 7:30pm.

Date: 4/15/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Waterbirds continue to dwindle but the Red necked Grebe remains as well as 1 Horned Grebe.

Date: April 15, 2003
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

Finally! I was feeling left out. Our L. Waterthrushes are back, along with Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped, and Palm Warblers. A Winter Wren, BG Gnatcatcher with nesting material, and G. Yellowlegs at the marsh also made their appearance. A pair of Purple Martins returned last night to their nest box in Liberty, IN and 2 Barn Swallows were active over a grassy field near the Oxford Airport. The flock of nearly 60 Pectoral Sandpipers with the singleton Dulin were back in the Oxford Co-op pool along Hwy 27 along with about 20 W. Snipe.

Date: 4-9-2003
Location: E. Walnut Hills, my frontyard
Reporter: Linda Wallpe
Other Birders:

There was a male Towhee in the lower branches of a dogwood. Only sighted the one day.

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

River still up a bit, 4 Bufflehead.

Date: April 14, 2003 6:30 PM
Location: Loveland bike trail
Reporter: Bob Lacker
Other Birders:

Four Yellow-throated Warblers singing along the Little Miami River in the two mile stretch north of Loveland along the bike trail.

Date: 4/13/03
Location: Newport and Dayton KY
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders: 1

Three barn swallows flying around the Wok on Water restaurant on the Ohio River in Dayton KY; pair of greater scaup on the Licking River near the Ohio River seen from Taylor Park, Newport.

Date: April 14, 2003
Location: Acton Lake, Hueston Woods SP
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

A single Caspian Tern was on the beach this morning. No evidence of our regular early warblers yet.

Date: 04/14/2003 12:00-13:00
Location: CNC Rowe Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers including a pair constructing a nest. One very vocal Northern Parula.

Date: April 13, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

Great variety of ducks: 1 American Wigeon, 3 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Bufflehead, 2 REDHEAD, 8+ Ruddy Duck, 12+ Wood Duck, 6+ Blue-winged Teal, 6 Gadwall, 1 female Hooded Merganser, dozens of Ring-Necked Ducks and Lesser Scaups, 20+ Coots, plus Mallards and Geese. Also, had 1 Sharp-shinned fly over, 1 Great Blue Heron, 3 Flickers, 5 drab Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Carolina Wren, 10+ Tree Swallows and 1 Woodcock.

Date: April 13, 2003
Location: Cowan Creek
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none

Kayaked up Cowan Creek this morning. Saw 1 osprey, 4 coots, several bank swallows, 1 belted kingfisher, 1 pileated woodpecker, 2 wood ducks and 4 cardinals.
Yesterday, Fran & I saw 1 yellow shafted flicker and 1 red-headed woodpecker at entrance to Cowan Lake camping area.

Date: 4/12/03
Location: Home, Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Interesting yard species today was a Osprey flying over, oddly enough this is the 2nd spring out of the past 3. 1 singing L Waterthrush and a pair of RS Hawks were the only other noteable birds.

Date: 4-12-03
Location: Backyard/Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Heard a singing RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET Saturday morning multiple times from the tree line behind our house. Flyover by red-shouldered hawk Saturday am. Friday evening, a pileated woodpecker made a quick visit. White-throated sparrows and juncos still present at feeder. Chipping sparrows making occasional visit to feeder. (Typos are much easier to catch after a cup of coffee!)

Date: 4-12-03
Location: Backyard/Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Heard a singing RUBY-CROWINED KINGLET Saturday morning multiple times from the tree line behind our house. Flyover by red-shoulder hawk Saturday am. Friday evening, a piliated woodpecker made a quick visit. White-throated sparrows and juncos are still present at feeder. Chipping sparrows making occasional visit to feeder.

Date: 12 April 2003
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The river has been up a bit for the past several days. Conditions good (water up on lot) but not much to report. 5 Double-crested Cormorants, 6 Killdeer, 2 Rough-winged Swallows.

Date: 4/12/03
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Fox Sparrow this morning at the bird blind closest to the parking lot. A staff naturalist had told me they have been singing.

Date: Apr.12,2003
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

2 A.Bittern,3 Sora. Best seen from dike leading to observation platform. Also when leaving the parking lot and walking up the little rise to the trail system there are a few trees to the right,a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker has been seen in these trees on and off for the past few days.It was last seen yesterday.

Date: Sat. April 12, 2003
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: Dave Helm

AMERICAN BITTERN

Waterfowl: Mallard, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Lesser Scaup, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Bufflehead

Sparrows: Swamp, White-crowned, Field, Song, Savannah

Also Wilson's Snipe

Date: 4/12/03
Location: House, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Don Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A Gray Catbird was singing and hopping around in a fencerow accross the street from the house today. It is the 1st I've seen for the year.

Date: 11 April 2003
Location: Bullitsburg Church Rd., Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

3 Eastern Pheobes, 2 singing Louisiana Waterthrushes, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 3 Field Sparrows, 30 Dark-eyed Juncos, 1 beautiful spring day.

Date: April 11, 2003
Location: Oxford/Hueston Woods
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Miami Ornithology Class

In the pool and marshy area at the Coop, just west of Oxford on Hwy 27, this morning were 60+ Pectoral Sandpipers, 25+ W. Snipe, and a single winter plumage Dunlin. Two Forster's Terns and 15+ Bonapart's Gulls, with their heads changing to black, were at Acton Lake. Our FOY Gnatcatchers were also at Hueston Woods.

Date: April 10, 2003
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none

30 coots and a pair of osprey spotted on east end of Cowan Lake near parking lot near park office. Hope the osprey stay and nest.

Date: April 10, 2003
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none

Near parking lot on east end of Cowan Lake, saw 30 coots and a pair of osprey. Hope the osprey stay & nest.

Date: 4/10/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

1 breeding plumaged RN Grebe, 1 Horned Grebe, 27 Shovelers, and 1 Canvasback were the only birds of note.

Date: 4/10/2003 6:30-9:00 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Saw Frank Frick and Joe Kappa

After scoping through blackbirds for 20 minutes, I came upon a lone female Brewer's Blackbird. That along with a baker's dozen of waterfowl species, and yearly firsts for Lesser Yellowlegs, Purple Martin, and Savannah Sparrow made for an interesting evening.

Most of the teal were in the shallows and cattails on the east end of the main pond. The Pied-bills were hidden in the cattails on the west and north shores, calling to prospective mates.

Trip list: Pied-billed Grebe 3, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Canada Goose 12, Wood Duck 10, Gadwall 15, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 8, Blue-winged Teal 120, Northern Shoveler 25, Green-winged Teal 30, Ring-necked Duck 30, Lesser Scaup 25, Bufflehead 8, Hooded Merganser 10, Ruddy Duck 1, American Kestrel 1, Northern Bobwhite 1, American Coot 80, Killdeer 4, Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Common Snipe 6, American Woodcock 2, Mourning Dove 18, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 5, Horned Lark 4, Purple Martin 6, Tree Swallow 80, Carolina Chickadee 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 1, American Robin 18, Northern Mockingbird 2, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 20, Eastern Towhee 2, Field Sparrow 2, Savannah Sparrow 5, Song Sparrow 20, Swamp Sparrow 8, White-throated Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 4, Red-winged Blackbird 1900, Eastern Meadowlark 18, Brewer's Blackbird 1, Common Grackle 80, Brown-headed Cowbird 18, American Goldfinch 2.

Date: 4/9/03
Location: Caesar Creek State Park
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: none

This PM there was a beautiful CASPIAN
TERN on the beach. One of the ponds by the observation tower near the Visitor's Center had 14 Blue-winged Teal, 3 Shovelers, 5 Wigeon, and 2 Gadwall.

Date: 4/8/03
Location: Brookville Reservoir
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

On a mad dash up into Indiana I was able to peek into some areas along the way. There were 5 C. Loons at the Fairfield Causeway, nothing at Dunlap. I checked out the Osprey spot but didn't see an Osprey. There didn't seem to have been any activity at the nest since we were there 3/22. That is very worrying.

Date: April 8, 2003
Location: Cowan Lake State Park (Clinton Co,)
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: none

This afternoon I had my first Osprey and first 2 Great Egrets for the season.There was also 1 Comon Loon, 4 Great Blue Heron,2 Wood Ducks,18 Blue-winged Teal, 4 Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, 30 Ruddy Ducks and 1 Kingfisher.
Lotus Cove is currently one big mud flat, It should be great for shorebirds if it stays mud and moist.

Date: 8 April 2003
Location: Newport-on-the-Levee riverfront, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A very odd, very pale gull. Most probably a PARTIALLY ALBINISTIC RING-BILLED GULL. Most similar to the standing second-winter illustration of an Iceland Gull in Sibley, only with washed-out beige primaries and subterminal band. A bit of light grey on upper back, otherwise all white. Same size as ring-billeds, definitely no larger. Dwarfed by 2nd yr Herring Gull that it was standing next to. Eyes dark, leg color a nondescript pinkish grey. Bill a tarnished ivory with dark tip (too thick and blunt for a Mew Gull). The gulls were loafing on the former Barleycorn's parking area next to the river in front of Newport-on-the-Levee. Also present 30 Ring-billed Gulls and a 3rd yr Herring Gull (2 total). I did get close range photos of the gull - just in case.

Date: Apr.7,2003
Location: Miami Whitewater forest and wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Caspian Tern seen today on the main pond. It didn't stay long,made two passes low over the water and then flew off to the west. Also there was an Osprey on the lake today.It was across from the boat rental area. Still there there when I left.

Date: 7 April 2003
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

My first Yellow-throated Warbler (1 singing) and Blue-grey Gnatcatchers (2)of the spring. Also 1 Louisiana Waterthrush and 1 Eastern Phoebe. On a sad note - While watching the White-breasted Nuthatch nest I heard the rattling call of a Belted Kingfisher and saw it flying near the nature center building. A few minutes later, while walking past the building, we found the male kingfisher lying dead (but still warm) in front of one of the sliding glass doors. A mark could be seen on the glass where it had struck.

Date: 7 April 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Newport, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Highlight - 3 gull species. 23 Bonaparte's Gulls in all stages of plumage betwen winter and summer, 1 imm. Herring Gull, 2 Ring-billed Gulls. Also 8 Buffleheads, 20 Mallards, 6 Canada Geese, 3 American Coots and a Pied-billed Grebe.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2003 5;30 Pm
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone County, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Stopped briefly as I was on my way home. Not much new to report, except that I saw 10+ Tree Swallows, which to me is one of the better signs of spring.
Its warm enough for the insects to hatch or emerge - food for the Swallows. Also a spring first at home was the appearance of a ---- ugh!
Brown-headed Cowbird.

Date: 3-5-2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Duck numbers are way down from the last time I was there. Ring-necks especially (though they were still the most numerous duck next to the coot).
Duck species: American Coot 50, Mallard 5, Blue-winged Teal 12, Green-winged Teal 10, Wood Duck 4, Gadwall 20, Redhead 2, Ring-necked Duck 25, Lesser Scaup 3, Bufflehead 2, Hooded Merganser 1 (female), Canada goose 3.

The excitment at the pond was the warbler activity. Most of the birds were to the right of the observation point (when facing the water). When I arrived, the trees were empty, but in the 20 to 30 minutes I birded about 15 to 20 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERs flew into the trees and continued to congregate as I left. When I arrived, a single PALM WARBLER was just to the left of the observation point. A single BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was also to the right of the observation point, feeding close to the water on an overhanging tree.

Date: April 5, 2003
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Oxbow field trip

Muddy walk into the oxbow yielded about 75 DC Cormorants, 1 Great Blue Heron, 35 Shovelers, 25 Blue-winged Teal, 20 Green-winged Teal, 10 Coots, 1 Lesser Scaup, 2 Wood Duck, 3 Canada Goose, 2 Killdeer, several Rough-winged and Tree swallows and a single cliff swallow, 1 Northern Harrier, 6 TVs, 5 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, several Song Sparrows, Robins, 1 Yellow-rumped warbler, a few Downys and one Hairy Woodpecker, several chickadees and mourning doves and the usual blackbirds.

Date: Apr.6,2003
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

On april 5 saw a Sora.Today only heard it call.It's in marsh to west of observation platform.

Date: 4/5/03 a.m. only
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

At the closed gravel pit near spring Valley from the roadside- 3 Red-necked grebes, one Horned grebe, one Common Loon, many coots, few ducks (Hooded merganser, a Red-breasted merganser, a scaup sp). At Spring Valley WA located 2 BG Gnatcatchers.

Date: 4/6/03
Location: Shawnee Lookout Park
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: Donna Rowe

For the second weekend in a row, as we walked the road, we observed a Black Vulture on the ground. This time, it was close enough to the road that it was disturbed and started to move. It ran well but could not fly. The location is about .2 to .3 mile past the entrance to the park toward Miami Fort Power Plant.

Date: 4/5/03
Location: wyomig
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders: none

Barred Owl in the backyard,called for awhile then flew off.Ithink it was a male from the deep tone of the song.to dark for visual id.

Date: 4-5-2003
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

1 OSPREY was seen heading downriver at about 1:30 then flew back upriver several minutes later. Also seen were 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucer, and a pair of Wood Ducks.

Date: April 5, 2003
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jeff Brown

1 Caspian tern, 2 Bonaparte's gulls, 6 great blue herons, 1 great egret, 35+ blue-winged teal, 4 green-winged teal, 1 N. shoveler, 25+ mallards, red-tail, 1 t.v., 1 Cooper's hawk.

Date: Saturday, April 5th, 2003
Location: Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Larry Rankin, and Park District hike participants

The highlight of the day was 2 Fox Sparrows. These were seen along the outer loop of the Wetland Loop Trail. To find where we saw them, take the first bridge over the W. Fork of Mill Creek and walk on the gravel Wetland Loop trail. At the juncture where the outer loop leaves the main Wetland Loop, take a left and keep walking. At the next fork, there is a section of low trees and shrubs inside or beyond the fork of the trails. Go left or right at the fork and inspect the inside of this fork. We flushed the birds from the lefthand side however, and we lost them when they flew to the righthand side. In addition to the 2 Fox Sparrows, other sightings at Glenwood Gardens today: American Kestrel 1, Turkey Vulture 4, Blue-winged Teal 10 (on large lower pond seen from outer loop), Mallard 10, Wood Duck 3, Mourning Dove 5, Rough-winged Swallow 1, Red-winged Blackbird 40, Brown-headed Cowbird 1, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, American Robin 50, Mockingbird 2, Northern Cardinal 15, Field Sparrow 5 (in a cohesive flock, perhaps migrants, taking refuge from the strong winds in lee side of the ridge on outer loop), White-throated Sparrow 1, Starling 65, unidentified hawk species,

Date: 4/4/03
Location: Pierce Twsp.
Reporter: Mark Wessel
Other Birders:

Looks like the Yellow-throated warblers have moved in. Heard five along streams today. Not a pep out of them yesterday along the same streams.

Date: Date correction 04/04/03 NOT 03/04/03
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Oops! Guess I haven't gotten used to the month change yet.

Date: 03/04/03 11:50 a.m. thru 1:55 p.m.
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Arrivals (firsts for the year for me, anyway), include: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Pine Warbler and Yellow-throated Warbler. Also heard was a Louisiana Waterthrush, but I got my first of the year just the other day at Miami-Whitewater.
Noteable misses include: Carolina Wren and Black-throated Green Warbler.
Other highlights include 22 Tufted Titmice, weakening the theory of this past winter that they may be declining. They were extremely vocal today and may have just stayed away from feeders last winter. Also I found active nests of Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, both in green ash, and a titmouse was investigating a sugar maple cavity.
Nice close-ups of my favorite winter species, Brown Creeper, on white ash and sugar maple.
Additionally, 2 unidentified songs were either Chipping Sparrow or Pine Warbler. I've been fooled many times by sweet sounding Chippies. The one Pine Warbler that I was able to ID was a non-singing visual.

The list: Wood Duck 5, Mallard 2, Turkey Vulture 4, Mourning Dove 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 6, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Tree Swallow 1, American Crow 7, Carolina Chickadee 18, TUFTED TITMOUSE 22, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 10 (2 small waves), BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 10 (most already with pair bonds formed!), American Robin 10, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER 1, PINE WARBLER 1, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH 1, Northern Cardinal 23, Eastern Towhee 10, Chipping Sparrow 4, Field Sparrow 5, Song Sparrow 1 (low), White-throated Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 12 (incl. a very brown female [page 501 in Sibley] which very well could be mistaken for a female "Oregon" Junco to the untrained eye), Brown-headed Cowbird 4+ (I wasn't really there to count them...), House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 3.

Date: 4/4/03
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

I had my first sighting of Barm Swallow (3)and Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1)at the spillway on Slade Rd. just inside the park off Slade Rd. on the west side of the park.

Date: 4/4/03 and 3/29
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont County
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Last Friday I heard a faint partial song and the bird never sang again. Today the bird was right in front of singing constantly, a Louisiana Waterthrush. My ears need to get used to spring again!

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2003
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Some of the species and numbers seen during a short visit to the pond this evening from about 6:30 to 7:00 pm included ; Pied-billed Grebe 2, Canada Goose 35, Mallard 6, Wood Duck 4, Blue-winged Teal 22, Northern Shoveler 10, Gadwall 18, Redhead 5, Ring-necked Duck 75~, Greater Scaup 2, Lesser Scaup 10, Bufflehead 3, Hooded Merganser 1, American Coot 50~, Tree Swallow 10~, Brown Thrasher 1 and a bat, species unknown ( Little Brown Myotis?), hawking for insects.

Date: 4-3-03
Location: Dearborn City, IN
Reporter: YPowell
Other Birders:

Spotted the herons busily building nests across the river from Barber Rd. off RT 46. There were 10-12 herons this A.M. I was able to get a couple photos as they were flying back and forth...here is one of the photos that I got...http://www.pbase.com/image/15063780

I wish I could have been over on the other side of the rive in the open field....YP

Date: 3 April 2003
Location: Taylor Park, Newport, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The "lonely" Greater Scaup apparently prefers solitude. This morning there were 20 Lesser Scaup and 2 Bufflehead on the Ohio at the mouth of the Licking. However, The Greater Scaup was still by himself, a bit farther back on the "lesser" river.

Date: 4/1/03 and 4/3
Location: My house, Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

4/1 Barred Owl calling , 3 GW Teal, 8 Ring necks, 1 L Scaup, and 1 Hooded Merg in addition to common yard stuff.

4/3 the lake had 3 A Widgeon, and right above the water was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher activly feeding and singing.

Date: 4/3/03
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

2 RN GREBES, 1 Horned Grb, 10 PB Grebes, 10 Ca Geese, 4 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, 3 Ring neck, 3 L Scaup,4 Bufflehead, 10 Ruddy Ducks, and 150 Coots.

Date: 2 April 2003
Location: Crescent Springs Park, Kenton Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Rough-winged Swallows checking out the drain pipes in the retaining wall by the entrance. My first swallows for the year.

Date: 2 April 2003
Location: Taylor Park Newport, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Better make that lonely Lesser Scaup reported on 31 March a male Greater. Got a better look at it today (still in the same spot). Also 4 male Blue-winged Teal.

Date: 4/2/03
Location: Gardens of P&G Downtown Cinti lunchtime
Reporter: Mary Jo White
Other Birders:

Continuous singing of a White-throated Sparrow in the taxis sp. bushes for at least a half hour and "everyone who passed by, heard it & stopped to find it (to no avail, even I couldn't see it), and commented on how lovely it sounded".

Date: 1 April 2003
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 singing Louisiana Waterthrush, my first of the year. Although I was there several times during the day to observe nesting White-breasted Nuthatches, the waterthrush did not begin singing until close to dusk. It then continued to sing a dozen or more times from a perch above the creek, and then went down onto the stones and roots to feed.

If you have comments or questions about the Cincinnatibirds.com archive, please email Ned Keller, at nedkeller49@gmail.com