Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers: Frank Frick, Allan Claybon, Jonathan Frodge, Led Houser

The Sanderling, Baird’s Sandpipers and the Am. Golden Plover were still present this morning.  I arrived after 10 am., and the Sanderling was present on the far shore of the near pond on the road-side of the dirt causeway separating the two ponds at a spit toward the river.  Earlier close to 9:00 am Frank Frick saw the 5 Baird’s Sandpiper’s as well the Sanderling close to the road.  Later Jonathan Frodge and Les Houser arrived and reported seeing the Sanderling and Baird’s Sandpipers close to the road at about 8:00 am and the Am. Golden Plover in the very back right hand corner of the far pond.  After Jonathan and Les joined Frank and I for their second visit, Jonathan found two of the Baird’s Sandpipers along the far shore of the second pond for very distant scope views.  Other shorebirds could have been hidden behind the dirt causeway between the two ponds.  Other birds while I was present:  several distant yellowlegs, apparent Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper and an Osprey, Mallards and teal in eclipsed plummage (too far to ID).  Hopefully, others report their observations as mine are only highlights provided only for the benefit of others still interested in the three special shorebirds.


Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Location: Corwin Nixon Park behind Mason High School

Reporter: Mark Evans

Other observers:

There is  a Great Horned Owl hanging out at the very far end of the lake. I’ve been back there 5 times and seen it 4 of those times. This morning I found 2 of them. I would like to get a bucket up in a tree to see if they would nest in it like at Lake Isabella. Does anybody know how I go about doing this. They seem to be more approachable then other GH Owls that I have come across. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder


Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Frank Frick

1 American Golden Plover – Far back shore

6 Semipalmated Plover

40+ Killdeer

2 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Lesser Yellowlegs

1 Sanderling – Back of the close topsoil pond

5 Baird’s Sandpiper – Front of the close pond along the road.

2 Least Sandpiper

3 Semipalmated Sandpiper

3 Caspian Tern

 

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Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jonathan Frodge

Other observers:

As much as I’d like to check the “bra field” I meant to type beanfield. Thank you iPhone for filling that in for me


Date: Friday, August 28, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jonathan Frodge

Other observers:

A very brief evening stop didn’t allow time to check the bra field for migrant shorebirds. My feeling is that the habitat there has dried up and will likely yield any significant shorebird numbers only if the river floods again. However the stretch of river in the park has some extensive gravel bars as river levels drop, so spots to check for shorebirds shift rather than disappear. Tonight I had 2 – 3 Blue Grosbeak just north of the dog park, basically at the intersection when one enters the park. This is a good species to find in the evening; they seem to be more active and participate in the dusk chorus. I also had a distant bird winging towards the confluence with the Ohio that looked like an Osprey. The expected Nighthawks didn’t disappoint with a small flock of 6 crossing the rising full moon.


Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Location: Burnet Woods

Reporter: Jack Stenger

Other observers: 5 others from UC

Migrant warblers are trickling through. This morning at Burnet Woods there was one mixed species warbler flock, but no other definite migrants:

3 Tennessee Warbler

1 Nashville Warbler

2 American Redsart

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

Yesterday during a brief walk at Varaestau Historic Site (Aurora, IN) I had 1 Blackburnian and 2 Tennessee Warblers.

 


Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers: See text.

Arrived at about 6:00 pm just after another birder (a lady).  We scanned the far pond.  Then Steve Bobonick arrived and the three of us scanned more.  The lady birder left to check out the gravel bars at the btidge and later reported very little there.  Frank Frick arrived.  I saw a small flock of shorebirds fly from the left to the right of the second pond.  Steve and I found two Pectoral Sandpipers and a few Least Sandpipers.  Then Steve left.  Frank and I continued looking but did not find the phalaropes.  Totals:  Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 2, Least Sandpiper 2-3, Semipalmated Sandpiper 1, Semipalmated Plover 1, Killdeer 30(?).  Frank and I left at about 8:00 pm after meeting the lady from Indiana who photographed the Red-necked Phalaropes.


Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

A bird caught my eye as I was leaving East Fork south beach this afternoon at 12:30pm. I originally wrote it off as a killdeer, but the white in the wings caught my eye. It landed briefly and I could see it was a Ruddy Turnstone. The bird was very skittish, as people were on the beach and feeding the gulls. It took off immediately, but came back and was still present when I left at 1pm in the middle of the beach by water.  A Forster’s Tern was also present.

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Date: Monday, August 24, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge (Elizabethtown), Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: Kim Cade

From 7:15-8:15 PM, both Red-necked Phalaropes were still present in the “dirt pit” on the SW side of Lawrenceburg Rd. (where previously seen). They started in the back pond and worked their way forward. Other shorebirds were Stilt, Semipalmated, Spotted, Least, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher, Killdeer, and Semipalmated Plovers. Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, and Great Egrets rounded out the wading birds.

Hundreds of Purple Martins and good numbers of Barn Swallows aggregated in the final 15 minutes before sunset. The phalaropes tucked themselves in for the night behind the long dirt dike that separates the front-most pond from the one behind.


Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Location: Delhi Ohio, Cleves Warsaw & Pontius

Reporter: Mike Allen

Other observers:

Saturday Aug. 22nd around 3:30pm. Heard 2 eagles calling to each other from a long distance. The sound of 1 of them kept getting closer to my home until I followed the sound to my back yard. I was standing on my deck and was so lucky to see one of them land in a partially dead tree in my back yard. What a beautiful majestic bird. You don’t realize the size and wingspan until you are that close (30 yards). I’m so glad that our national symbol is back and thriving right in my own town. I wish I were closer to the water source where they nest. I did worry a moment about my small cat that would be dwarfed by this huge bird and becoming a meal. If anyone in my area saw the same pair please let me know and your thoughts on the sighting. I wish I had my cell on me for pics but was busy working in the yard.

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Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: ken clouse

Other observers:

have read a couple of post about large numbers of Purple Martins and having a small colony in Fairfield I had to come and see for myself over the gravel pits and  up on Mt Nebo rd on the high voltage towers there were high numbers of Martins  also spotted Blue Herrings by the Bridge .

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Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Location: Oxbow and Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Jack Stenger (co-leader), 30 Oxbow Inc. participants

Oxbow Inc. conducted a field trip yesterday evening, Friday August 21. This was a scheduled evening trip from 6:30 PM until dusk. A strong turnout of 30 folks turned out for this popular annual field trip. Beautiful sunny skies and 78 degree temperatures didn’t hurt the attendance. We spent most of our time around Oxbow Lake and finished up at Lost Bridge. Highlights of the trip included an immature Little Blue Heron, a White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Red-necked Phalaropes, and 1000+ Purple Martins staging throughout the Oxbow area. This is a conservative estimate, as the sky above the Great Miami River and south towards Shawnee Lookout was filled with milling Purple Martins around sunset. When we arrived at Lost Bridge we were tipped off to the previously reported phalaropes and some of our group was able to see them at dusk.

 

Some of the more interesting species we found on the trip included:

Wood Duck 15, Double-crested Cormorant 25~, Great Blue Heron 15+, Great Egret 30~, Little Blue Heron (im) 1 (perched in the willows on the northeast shore of Oxbow Lake), Green Heron 4, Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 (also tucked in the willows), Black Vulture 3 (over the smokestacks), Semipalmated Plover 1 (Lost Bridge), Solitary Sandpiper 1, Least Sandpiper 18 (3 at Jackpot Pond, 15~ at Lost Bridge), Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 (Lost Bridge), White-rumped Sandpiper 1 (Lost Bridge), Red-necked Phalarope 2 (Lawrenceburg Road Pond), Common Nighthawk 10+, Belted Kingfisher 1, Eastern Kingbird 3, Purple Martin 1000+, Common Yellowthroat 1, Indigo Bunting 10~, Baltimore Oriole 2.

 

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Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other observers: Audubon field trip, plus several others who were twitching the phalaropes.

The Audubon shorebird trip relocated the two Red-necked Phalaropes this morning. They were visible a couple of times, for a few minutes, in the far right part of the shallow pond south of Lawrenceburg Road. For the most part, they were out of sight, so you may need patience to see them. We also saw a Stilt Sandpiper in this pond.

The gravel bar in the river gave us good, closely viewed comparisons of Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, along with Spotted Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plovers.

I checked this pond again by myself after the field trip ended at the Oxbow (where we didn’t see a whole lot). I didn’t see the phalaropes during the ten minutes I was there, but did add a Short-billed Dowitcher to the day’s list.


Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Location: Clifton

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

1 Tennessee Warbler in the trees behind my building.


Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jonathan Frodge

Other observers: None

I checked the bean field this evening for shorebirds. There were 2 Least and 1 Semipalmated sandpipers there with the killdeer and geese. On my way out a migrant flock of 9 Nighthawks flew over, followed by a larger flock of about 15 at the police stables as I drove by. A stop at the Lunken pond was worth it. There were green herons, great-blue herons, a Belted Kingfisher, 10 or so eclipse Mallards, and a juvenile and adult male Blue Grosbeak.


Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Location: Mudflats at Lost Bridge

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers:

Sorry, I just can’t seem to get this right. Here are the links for the pics of the Red-necked Phalaropes.

Red-necked Phalarope at the mudflats at Lost Bridge on the Great Miami River, OH

Red-necked Phalaropes at the mudflats at Lost Bridge on the Great Miami River, OH


Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Location: Mudflats at Lost Bridge

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers: Andy Bess

Two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. They were spotted earlier today by Frank Frick who saw them at a good distance and thought they were Wilson’s Phalaropes. When we went back this evening and got some good enough pictures we were able to positively id them as Red-Necked Phalaropes. Darn! We were really hoping for Wilson’s. There were other shore birds as well, but we were too intent on watching the Phalaropes. Attached below in the Photo Link are a couple decent enough shots to id them.

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Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Location: Mudflats at Lost Bridge

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers: Andy Bess, Frank Frick

One AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. There were also several birds that we just couldn’t id. We believe one was a Lesser Yellowleg, but the other one seemed a bit smaller than the Killdeer and had buffy cheeks and neck. We went back and forth from a Buff-breasted to a Stilt to a Pectoral, but just couldn’t get a good enough look. All the birds were on the long skinny island just beyond the mud causeway. The guy was running the earth mover all the time we were there, even across the causeway, and it didn’t seem to bother the birds. (Too bad we couldn’t hitch a ride with him.) We saw the Plover just once briefly but were able to get very good looks through the scope. Frank had first spotted it yesterday. We had to wait over an hour before he popped up on the island just beyond the causeway. Got there about 9:15 and left about 10:45.


Date: Monday, August 24, 2015

Location: Caesars creek state park

Reporter: Dean Clifton

Other observers:

Ring-billed gull are back at the beach along with lots of Canada Geese, but that was about it.


Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Location: Fernald Preserve, Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: Kim Cade

A quick visit today netted a few interesting birds. All of the swallow species were present, with Bank Swallows and Purple Martins in high numbers. A family of 3 Belted Kingfishers were doing “synchronized flying” and lots of vocalizing over Lodge Pond.

A brief distant look at a buffy Ammodramus sparrow had me thinking “Nelson’s”, but I couldn’t be sure. A beautiful song had me thinking “grosbeak”, and sure enough, Kim and I had full-scope views of a stunning male Blue Grosbeak. Both of these were almost immediately across from the path leading to the observation deck on the Hickory Trail.

Finally, lots of nice flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies for those whose interests include such things.


Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Location: Madeira

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers: The Fehr family

Broad-winged Hawk 1.   Flew over low just above tree-tops as I was helping my neighbors find a young Red-tailed Hawk sitting in there spruce tree and calling frequently as they do this time of year to get their parents to continue feeding them.  My neighbors had heard this sound and surmised it was a bird but needed help to find it and identify it.

The BWHA could have been a migrant but could have been a more local bird.


Date: Friday, August 14, 2015

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

1 Semipalmated SP, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs (flyover only, would not land – calling), 3 Forster’s Terns, 2 Caspian Terns, 2 imm Bald Eagles talon locking.  Also, had 3 Red-headed WPs at the beach in the dead trees to the right (east) of the beach.


Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers: Andy Bess

One BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER along with Killdeer, Least Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and Spotted Sandpipers. There were also Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, 1 Little Blue Heron, and hundreds of Swallows. These were not found on the Oxbow Auto Tour. We had to walk back toward Mercer Pond. You can then either walk through the wasted soybean field, angling slightly right toward the high tension towers, or you can walk along the tree line to get to the very back of the field where a small portion is still flooded. The Buff-breasted was hanging around with the Killdeer which were very skittish. But whenever they flew away they would eventually fly back to the flooded field area.

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Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: 1

3 Least SP, 1 Pectoral SP, 1 Caspian Tern.  No gulls other than RBs.


Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Gale Wulker

For the last several weeks, a Purple Martin roost dispersal ring has been visible on early morning NWS radar somewhere near the Oxbow.  These rings are the radar picking up Purple Martins as the leave the large colonial roosts they form this time of year before they start southbound migration.  I think this roost was initially somewhere along the Ohio River between Lawrenceburg, IN and Petersburg, KY as that’s where the ring was usually centered on radar. A couple weeks ago we tried to locate this roost from the Lawrenceburg riverfront and had lots of martins, but never pinpointed the roost location to get a good number estimate.

Now its apparently moved to the trees about 1/2 mile downstream from Lost Bridge.  For the last 2 nights, there’s been a cloud of Purple Martins growing from about 6:00pm until sunset. Several hundred can be seen feeding over the gravel pits, and even more high in the sky and over the river.  Last night was hard to get a good estimate, but was definitely several thousand birds.  Tonight, I tried some extrapolation methods and came up with about 5,000 Purple Martins as a moderately conservative estimate.  To do this, I took a photo of part of the flock, and estimated at least 8 more similar photos would cover the whole thing. I counted about 570 martin dots (or smudges) in that photo. Due to low light and high ISO, I think many of the more distant birds did not show up. To partially compensate for this, I rounded the total up to the nearest 1000. With binoculars I could not see the definite top or back of the martin cloud (birds would disappear and reappear due to distance) and the left side and bottom of the martin cloud were obscured by trees, so the 8 photo estimate is a bit conservative.

Complete list, details, and a very bad photo on this ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24594469

If you have a free evening the next couple days, this would be a great challenge for estimating large numbers of birds. I would love to see the figures others could come up with.

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Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton

Reporter: Marianne Gorman

Other observers: Mike Gorman

While bicycling along the Great Miami River Wednesday saw 8 Great Blue Heron and 3 Great Egrets, and a group of baby Wood Ducks along the canal.


Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Location: Ruby throated hummingbird

Reporter: Everitt Kitchen

Other observers:

Adding to get approved


Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Location: California Woods

Reporter: Frank Renfrow

Other observers:

Not much singing and not much to report but thought I would get verified. Red-eyed Vireo, White-breasted Nuthatch.