Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Monday, November 30, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

Four fox sparrows: one near the canoe launch and three halfway down the path between the south parking lot and the Duck Creek bridge.


Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Tons of waterbird movement.  100+ Common Loons on the lake and flying in every direction this morning.  Also, two huge flocks of DC Cormorants landed on lake totaling 1,000+.  Good amount of ducks early, mostly scaup.  Some of the loons were very close to the beach.  2 Adult Eagles hovered above the loons for a while and they all started calling – very eerie sounding.  Also, 1 male “gray ghost” Northern Harrier flying over the lake fairly low headed west.  I don’t see them often here.  A couple interesting birds that I wished I had a scope for…

Also, duck hunters were fixing up their blinds, so I think tomorrow is start of duck season.


Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015

Location: Big Oaks NWR Indiana

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers: 9 birders on the Cincinnati Bird Club outing.

Joe Robb and Gary Stegner took the bird club to many interesting places in Big Oaks NWR.  A few of us got a look at a Golden Eagle, but the star of the day was a cooperative Merlin.

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  12
Hooded Merganser  4
Wild Turkey  30
Turkey Vulture  2
Golden Eagle  1
Northern Harrier  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  15
Mourning Dove  75
Great Horned Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  25
Pileated Woodpecker  3
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  25
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  200
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  300
Cedar Waxwing  55
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
American Tree Sparrow  60
Field Sparrow  5
Fox Sparrow (Red)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  30
Song Sparrow  30
Swamp Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  5
American Goldfinch  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26031673

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Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers: Three CNC bird walk participants

Canada Goose, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Sapsucker, American Crow, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Cardinal, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch, House Finch


Date: Friday, November 27, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers: None

A single Short-eared Owl appeared at 5:35 PM from the north field and headed south.


Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Location: Home, New Richmond, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

4 Pine Siskins


Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: 1

Of note:  2 Snow Geese in the middle of the lake, 2 Snow Buntings -west beach weeds, 1 Savannah Sp in weeds west beach.


Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Location: Caesar Creek State Park

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: 10 Cincinnati Bird Club participants

10 participants came out for the Cincinnati Bird Club field trip to  Caesar Creek State Park on Sunday and found 58 species. Although we didn’t find anything rare, waterbird numbers and diversity were particularly good despite distant views of most birds. In all, there were at least a couple hundred ducks present in several mixed flocks.  Almost all of the waterbirds were seen on the main parts of the lake from North Pool boat ramp, Harveysburg Road, and Furnas Shore boat ramp.  Species without numbers are listed most numerous to least, though the distance often made numbers hard to estimate. Highlights included:

6 Tundra Swan – flyover at Furnas Shore ramp
Bufflehead
Mallard
Gadwall
Aythya sp.
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Hooded Merganser
American Wigeon
Lesser Scaup
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
3 American Black Duck
1 Red-breasted Merganser
118 Common Loon –  biggest concentrations (62) off north pool ramp early in the morning. More than half of these took off to the south in small groups.  41 were later counted in cove off Harveysburg rd with many still out in front of the north pool ramp out on the lake. Scattered small groups and individuals elsewhere.
14 Pied-billed Grebe
10 Horned Grebe
2 Bald Eagle
200+ American Coot
176 Bonaparte’s Gull
92 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
1 Merlin – North Pool ramp


Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Location: East Fork

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

I think this is an immature Herring Gull but I’m hoping I can get some confirmation from the experts.  This was among dozens of Ring billed gulls and Bonaparte’s as well and was larger than both.

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Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Jeff Hickey

12 Tundra Swans flyover vocalizing.  Flew NE to SW.


Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Bob Kopp

Other observers: Donna Kopp, Steph and Aric Johantges

Ring-necked ducks, Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, Buffleheads,
Canada geese, Mallards, American coots, Pied-billed Grebes, Mute swan,
Meadowlark, Northern Flickers, Downy woodpeckers,
Song sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Bluebirds,
Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Red-tailed hawk


Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Location: Brookville Lake

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Co Leader Jack Stenger, 25 total Participants ASO Field Trip

The Cincinnati Audubon Society conducted what has become an annual November field trip to the Brookville Lake region in Franklin & Union County Indiana on Saturday the 21st. A robust group of 25 participants enjoyed great birding and a fairly pleasant weather until the rain began in earnest around 2 PM. While we did not have anything extraordinary, we did find many of the seasonally expected species, several in great numbers. Our highlights included a Franklins Gull, an incredible assemblage of 3550 Bonaparte’s Gulls (possible record?), 536 Sandhill Cranes (many on the mudflats north of the Dunlapsville Causeway and several other flocks moving south throughout the day), 11 Bald Eagles, a fairly late Osprey, 59 Common Loons (47 at Brookville Lake and 12 at Hueston Woods) and 6 Eurasian Collared-Doves at the Co-op in Liberty, Indiana (the only reliable spot in our region for this otherwise increasing species).

From around 8:45 am until 2:00 pm we drove from the south end of Brookville Lake to the north end, stopping at many lake view points along the way. Those of us who remained past 2 PM made a quick visit to Hueston Woods which was shortened even further by a continuous downpour.

A real joint effort was made to count the birds at each stop and the numbers below represent the conclusions from many observers after considerable thought and discussion. Little effort was given to finding songbirds or land birds other than what was seen along the roadside or around the periphery of our lake side stops.

The complete Brookville area list:

Canada Goose 15, Gadwall 80, Mallard 104, Green-winged Teal 3, Redhead 20, Lesser Scaup 23, Bufflehead 60 (no, we didn’t count the decoys), Hooded Merganser 42, Red-breasted Merganser 4, Wild Turkey 17, Common Loon 47, Pied-billed Grebe 28, Horned Grebe 3, Double-crested Cormorant 6, Great Blue Heron 9, Black Vulture 121, Turkey Vulture 184, Osprey 1, Bald Eagle 11, Cooper’s Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 6, American Kestrel 2, American Coot 350, Sandhill Crane 536 (220+ on the Dunlapsville mudflats, 300+ in 7 flocks of varying numbers moving south), Killdeer 13 (our only shorebird species as we missed Dunlin which is usually seen on this trip), Bonaparte’s Gull 3550 (a huge flock of 3300 north of the Dunlapsville Causeway), Franklins Gull (seen just north of the Fairfield Causeway from the west side parking/picnic area), Ring-billed Gull 550, Rock Pigeon 160, Mourning Dove 38, Eurasian Collared-Dove 6 (at the Co-op in Liberty, IN), Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 3, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 43, Carolina Chickadee 2, Tufted Titmouse 2, Carolina Wren 3, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 110, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 150+, Cedar Waxwing 70, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, American Tree Sparrow 8, Song Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 9, Northern Cardinal 3, Red-winged Blackbird 40, unidentified blackbird species 100+, House Sparrow 11. Total species 55.

Some of the species seen from a brief Hueston Woods stop: Bufflehead, Common Loon 12, Double-crested Cormorants 10+, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Cooper ’s Hawk.

Participants: Jay Stenger, Jack Stenger, Bill Stanley, Richard Amable, Debra Hausrath, Darlena Graham, Chris Moran, Kathi Hutton, Jeff Bilsky, Mary Ann Barnett, Darry Whitsett, John Stewart, Steve Wheeler, Tracy Wheeler, Gene Dennis, Martin Meighen, David Sandor, M. Zins, Linda Coddington, Mary Newman, Gina Russ, Mary Cullum, Bill Wilson plus two others.

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Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Location: Camp Friedlander Loveland, Ohio

Reporter: Frank Renfrow

Other observers: Veronica Renfrow

120 Double-crested Cormorants flying in V formation overhead.


Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Location: Shallow Pool next to Lost Bridge

Reporter: John Hines

Other observers: M J Hines

8 Sand Hill Cranes, 1 American Kestral


Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Location: New Richmond…

Reporter: Tracy Brewer

Other observers:

Just had 12 Turkeys under my feeders looking for some chow. Me likes them thar purdy birds.  🙂


Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Location: Lloyd Wildlife Management Area Crittenden, Grant Co., KY

Reporter: Frank Renfrow

Other observers:

Looks like this is going to be another low year for Red-breasted Nuthatches but I did find one at the Lloyd Wildlife area in Northern Kentucky today. I was rather disappointed to see that the Wildlife folks had removed the last of the large Red Pines in front of the Clubhouse in favor of a postage stamp sized meadow planting, too small to be likely to attract many open field birds. We always liked to make an I-75 trip stop here to find Pine Warblers, Red-breasted Nuthatches,  etc. It takes three months to grow a meadow but those pines were probably at least 60 years old. I first heard the Red-breasted Nuthatch from afar and tracked it down to the half dozen remaining Red Pines near the railroad tracks. The Red Pines are a northern species and I have found only a very few places where they were planted within the state of Kentucky.  One good change though, the Old Growth Forest Trail, is no longer also an archery trail, so we can now walk there with less chance of becoming a shish kabob. 🙂 Also present 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (I hope he doesn’t get our nuthatch).


Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Location: New Richmond feeders…

Reporter: Tracy Brewer

Other observers:

Female Purple Finch at my kitchen window feeder today.

I haven’t paid much attention lately…. so I don’t know how long she has been here.


Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Of note:  1 Lapland Longspur on the rocks to the west, 2 Snow Buntings, 1 Horned Lark.  Very dead otherwise.

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Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Location: Fox Sparrows at Armleder.

Reporter: James Rettig

Other observers: John Zehen

Two Fox Sparrows at Armleder. Seen near the STOP sign at the canoe launch.


Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Location: Kellogg Ave.

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

Saw an adult Bald Eagle flying south towards Ohio over Kellogg just before Little Miami.


Date: Monday, November 16, 2015

Location: Armleder; Anderson Township Green Space

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

Winter wren in east tree line just north of the river overlook at Armleder. Flocks of sparrows in the fields of the Anderson Township Green Space across the river from Armleder: song, tree, swamp, vesper, white-throated, white-crowned.


Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Location: East Fork – South Beach

Reporter: Tyler Ficker

Other observers: Mom, Bill McGill

There was a Snow Bunting and Dunlin on the beach today

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Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Location: Cowan Lake State Park

Reporter: stephanie johantges

Other observers: Hubby and the kids

It’s kind of a haul to get to this park, but we saw at least 10 Red Headed Woodpeckers, so it might be worth the drive.

Other notables:

Two female hooded mergansers

Yellow bellied sapsucker (my first)

Cedar waxwings

Photo link: https://plus.google.com/photos/115721824666423406211/albums/6217536172692035089?authkey=CKv6lrHforWj8QE


Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Location: Oxbow, Hidden Valley, Lost Bridge

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers: Jack Stenger and Oxbow field trip participants

Results of today’s Oxbow field trip, led by Jack Stenger;
Nov. 15, 2015

Approximately 22 participants met at the upper parking area of the Oxbow at 8:30am. It started out cold (38 degrees), but warmed quickly. Bright sun and no wind made for an enjoyable morning of birding. We were unable to get through to Jackpot Pond; the roadway beyond the overlook area is basically impassable. After birding the Oxbow itself, we visited Hidden Valley Lake and then concluded the trip with a stop at Lost Bridge.

For me, the most amazing sight of the day was the mixed flock of pipits and larks at the Oxbow. Jack estimated 220 birds, and figured about 90% of them were pipits. The large, rolling flock did a fly-by, then split into two groups, each of which made another pass. Some of the birds flew practically over our heads, and I think all of us were able to hear the “pip-it” call notes. eBird flipped out and flagged me for a high number, but I just replied “because Jack said so.”

Trip lists below; allowing for repeats, I totaled 36 species.

Oxbow (26 species):

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Pied-billed Grebe (1)

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret (1)
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture

Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher
American Crow
Horned Lark

Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Pipit

American Tree Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird

American Goldfinch
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Hidden Valley Lake (2 species)

Horned Grebe (1, pictured)
American Coot
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Lost Bridge (12 species):

Great Blue Heron
Cooper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle (5)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Dunlin (1)

Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)

Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch


Date: Friday, November 13, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Short eared owl yesterday evening. Came out of the south field at dusk and came right overhead before banking and playing in the winds for several minutes.


Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Location: East Fork SP South beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Hickey brothers, Mark Hsu, Bill McGill, others

5 Snow Buntings, a couple were on the beach this morning.  One was particularly cooperative.


Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods

Reporter: Jim and Anita Romine

Other observers: 10 participants were on the 2-hour walk

Eastern Towhee (2), Eastern Bluebird (7), Eastern Phoebe (1), Mallards (3), White Throated Sparrow (30), Song Sparrow (2), Downey Woodpecker (10), Northern Flicker (2), Pileated Woodpecker (2), YB Sapsucker (2), Red Bellied Woodpecker (12), Harry Woodpecker (1), Carolina Chickadees (35), Titmouse (30), Carolina Wren (1), White Breasted Nuthatch (8), Red Shouldered Hawk (1), Turkey Vulture (2), American Crow (8), Blue Jay (5), Golden Crowned Kinglet (2), Redwing Blackbird (1), American Robin (40), Cardinal (20), Cedar Waxwing (200)

Yellow Rump warbler (1), House finch (7), Gold Finch (12)

 


Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Location: Whitewater State Park Brookville Lake

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Dave Russell, Not my sighting.

Not my sighting, but Dave Russell called and said there’s a LITTLE GULL mixed in with the Bonaparte’s Gulls off the Brookville lake boat ramp at Whitewater State Park.


Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Location: St. Rose Church

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

This morning I observed a 1st year Franklin’s Gull floating down the Ohio River from St. Rose Church. The bird eventually took off and flew downstream towards downtown Cincinnati.


Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Location: Lawrenceburg, IN

Reporter: David Brinkman

Other observers: None

30+ black vultures rt. 50 from the post office to JTS Plaza this morning, @7:15 am.


Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Location: Armleder Park 3:30 pm.

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

I finally got a new life bird yesterday.  Rusty Blackbirds near the overlook at Armleder.  There were maybe 6-10 of them both in the trees and brush and one female down on the ground foraging.  Beautiful bird.


Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Allan Claybon later

Of note: 1 Osprey remains, 3 Dunlin surprised attacked by Merlin.  The Merlin missed, but chased dunlin out over lake.  2 Loons way off.


Date: Monday, November 9, 2015

Location: Armleder, 10-11 AM

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

20 species, including a winter wren and a golden-crowned kinglet in the northern treeline, and a bluebird at the canoe launch.


Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

2 Northern Harriers flying low near the bird blind. Excellent close up views of a Golden-crowned Kinglet along the Hickory trail. Also an American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebirds.

 


Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Location: Dunlin at East Fork State Park

Reporter: Donald Martin

Other observers:

I went to the beach at East Fork State Park to find a lifer Franklin’s Gull.  One juvenile was present.  I also saw 29 Bonaparte’s Gull.  Nine Dunlin were a real treat.


Date: Monday, November 2, 2015

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: 8

Of note:  Early had 7 Snow Buntings flying over the beach but never landed.  Also, a small flock of Am. Pipits that again never landed.  Also heard Pine Siskins in a sweetgum when I pulled up early this morning.  2 Franklin’s Gulls were on beach early, then departed.  2 Greater Yellowlegs early, 2 Horned Grebes, 1 Ruddy Duck close in with coots.  Hunter in boat this morning fired at coots in attempt to get the ruddy, missed.  Hit a couple of coots that survived. 2 Ospreys remain.


Date: Monday, November 2, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Miles

Other observers:

One more for good measure

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Date: Monday, November 2, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Miles

Other observers:

I caught this Kestrel and Flicker in the same tree

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