Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Location: Madeira

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers:

Great Horned Owl hooting from along Camargo Road south of Shawnee Run Road this morning before light.  Heard from my front porch.  They are here locally but not every year.


Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Location: Clermont County backyard near Ohio River

Reporter: fran kidd

Other observers:

This morning both my husband and I, on separate occasions, heard a black throated green warbler in our yard. Huh? Just a TAD late!


Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

A group of over 20 Least Sandpipers in open area near Port-a-let. Watched them fly away, circle back and land in same spot. Also saw the Ross’s Goose with group of Canada Geese fly circles over preserve and land in open area. 2 female Northern Harriers hunting fields close to the blind. Also group of Flickers along Hickory trail, Cedar Waxwings, Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, C Wren, C Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, several Eastern Bluebirds.

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Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

1 Ross’s Goose was hanging out with the Canada Geese at Fernald today. It was present for a few hours before taking off to the southwest. This is likely my last “county year bird” for my Hamilton County big year effort in 2015. Species #235.

Ross's Goose

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Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Location: Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count

Reporter: Jack Stenger

Other observers: 70 field participants

Yesterday was the 69th annual Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count. Thank you to the 70 field participants who braved the apocalyptic weather, especially those who stayed out the entire day and made it back to the tally.

The main storyline of the day was the anomalous weather. For perspective, I started the day owling in a t-shirt and ended it shivering in a winter coat. We had two hours of decent weather before the torrential downpour began. It continued to rain for the entire day and flooding was prevalent by the end. All told, I’m impressed by our participants, who managed to scrape together 85 species despite the conditions. For context, our average species count for the past decade is 90.

The most unusual find of the count was a Great Egret, a first count record found by Dustin Barhorst and David Brinkman behind the Rave Motion Pictures in Milford. This is the 157th species recorded in the history of the Cincinnati CBC. We set new high counts for Hooded Merganser (165), Horned Grebe (6), and tied the high for Common Loon (1), which was recorded for the seventh time in count history. David Carr found and photographed 3 Palm Warblers at Armleder. In general, we recorded fewer individuals of most species than what is typical. This is not surprising since the weather reduced our participant number and time in the field (we’ve averaged 117 participants over the past decade) . Our major “misses” were waterfowl. We usually get about 17 species of ducks, geese and swan, but only found 13 this year. This was only the second time in 69 years that we did not record an American Black Duck.

Special thanks to co-compiler Jay Stenger for doing most of the behind-the-scenes orchestration. Also thanks to Bill Creasey and the Cincinnati Nature Center for hosting the post-count tally.

For those unfamiliar with the Cincinnati CBC, the 15-mile diameter count circle is centered on Mt. Carmel, OH. A map of the count and information about Christmas Bird Counts in general can be found on the National Audubon Society website.

Below is a full species and participants list. Both are bound to change slightly as we receive checklists from feeder watchers.

Canada Goose 1192
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 24
American Wigeon 10
Mallard 212
Canvasback 1
Redhead 2
Ring-necked Duck 7
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 16
Hooded Merganser 165
Common Merganser 2
Wild Turkey 42
Common Loon 2
Pied-billed Grebe 22
Horned Grebe 6
Great Blue Heron 11
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 67
Turkey Vulture 24
Bald Eagle 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper’s Hawk 11
Red-shouldered Hawk 11
Red-tailed Hawk 31
American Kestrel 8
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Coot 16
Killdeer 15
Ring-billed Gull 83
Rock Pigeon 290
Mourning Dove 501
Eastern Screech-Owl 2
Great Horned Owl 2
Barred Owl 4
Short-eared Owl 6
Belted Kingfisher 6
Red-headed Woodpecker 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 106
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6
Downy Woodpecker 99
Hairy Woodpecker 20
Northern Flicker 58
Pileated Woodpecker 18
Blue Jay 86
American Crow 803
Carolina Chickadee 514
Tufted Titmouse 226
White-breasted Nuthatch 69
Brown Creeper 8
Carolina Wren 138
Winter Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 48
Hermit Thrush 7
American Robin 12208
Northern Mockingbird 47
European Starling 4929
Cedar Waxwing 419
Yellow-rumped Warbler 28
Palm Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 57
American Tree Sparrow 151
Chipping Sparrow 8
Field Sparrow 29
Savannah Sparrow 11
Fox Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 277
Swamp Sparrow 7
White-throated Sparrow 303
White-crowned Sparrow 29
Dark-eyed Junco 112
Northern Cardinal 533
Red-winged Blackbird 101
Eastern Meadowlark 9
Rusty Blackbird 23
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 41
House Finch 172
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 304
House Sparrow 221

Participants: Richard Amable, Dave Axt, Dustin Barhorst, Joe Bens, Eric Besenko, Gordon Bills, Jody Bills, Steve Bobonick, Kenny Braun, Barb Braun, David Brinkman, Tony Brueneman, Jeff Burgess, Eric Burkholder, Mike Busam, Dianne Cahill, David Carr, Chris Carroll, John Cimarosti, Bill Creasey, Eric Fischer, Mark Fischer, Mary Fischer, Bob Foppe, Chris Frethem, Gail Frethem, Kurt Gaertner, Ann Geise, Mark Gilsdorf, Steve Goltra, Mara’a Hartsock, Dave Helm, Greg Hoeting, Ryan Hood, Kathi Hutton, Leah Jewell, David Johnston, Ned Keller, Corky Knapke, Don Koehler, Don Koller, Randy Lakes, Steve Maslowski, Jerry Meyer, Jack Moermond, Chris Moran, Don Morse, Linda Petrosky, Jim Rettig, Debbie Riggs, Prez Riggs, Linda Romine, Anita Romine, Jim Romine, Tim Ross, Brandt Schurenberg, Lois Shadix, Steven Shadix, Ben Spetz, Jack Stenger, Jay Stenger, Mike Sween, Rob Tunison, Jason Watson, Mark Wessel, Kirk Westendorf, Wyatt Westerkamp, Susan Wilkinson, Brian Wulker, Gale Wulker


Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Location: California Woods Golf Course

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers: Jason Watson

During the Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count yesterday, Jason and I found a very wet Merlin perched up in one of the trees at the Golf Course.


Date: Saturday, December 26, 2015

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: David Carr

Other observers:

There were two Greater White-fronted Geese hanging out with the Canadas this morning at the Oxbow.  They were in a pond in the far southwest corner of the area.

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Date: Saturday, December 26, 2015

Location: 6036 state route 132 45122

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers:

Rufous hummingbird is still here 12/26. Visitors welcome. Go to rear of house on path and enter screen porch. Stay behind table please, about 20 feet from feeder. Bird is skittish.      After December 30, call to arrange visit 513-625-2960 and ask for Ryan.


Date: Friday, December 25, 2015

Location: Western Hamilton County

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: Kim Cade

Fernald – 13 species waterfowl, N Harrier, Killdeer, H Thrush, Meadowlark. MW Wetlands – N Harrier, RS Hawk, RW Blackbird, BH Cowbird. MW Forest – Turkey, B Kingfisher, C Waxwing, C Grackle. Kilby Gravel Pits – RB Merganser, RB Gull, T Swallow. Lost Bridge – Killdeer, RW Blackbird, BH Cowbird. Cleves Community Park – Bald Eagle, Killdeer.  60 sp. total.


Date: Friday, December 25, 2015

Location: Home, New Richmond, OH area

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

I doubled the amount of available thistle feeders and now have 50+ Pine Siskins.  Costly little buggers but I like it.


Date: Thursday, December 24, 2015

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Of note:  Had a flock of 10+ Snow Buntings fly over headed north.  They did not land.  Also, 1 E. Screech owl calling east of beach up hill.


Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Location: Home, New Richmond, OH area

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

20+ Pine Siskins at feeders.


Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

A group of over 100 Sandhill Cranes flyover today around 3 pm. Also 2 Wilson’s Snipes still near visitor center and counted 4 Northern Harriers. One Harrier was seen close to the visitor center. 2 Northern Flickers.


Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Many.

There were 10 Short-eared Owls tonight. I stayed up by the shelterhouse. It was easy to see and count them as they flew out of the North fields. The first came up then there was almost an eight  minute wait before six came up in under two minutes. Then about three minutes later three came up. All took the same flight plan to Lunken.


Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Location: 6036 state route 132 Goshen 45122

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers: no

update 12/22 Rufous hummer still coming to feeders. Visitors welcome, hummer cover on mailbox,long gravel drive, go to back of house and sit in chairs about 20 feet from feeder. If you go into yard stay behind chairs (about 60 feet from feeders), she sits in brush near the solar panels, with radiant golden back in the sun, if you get closer she wont come or wont stay. Feeds about every half hour until 3 or 4PM

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Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Location: Fernald and Miami Whitewater Wetlands

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Other CBC participants

Participated in the Western Hamilton County CBC yesterday. The highlights were over 900 Sandhill Cranes flying West -Southwest. At Fernald we had 11 species of waterfowl, 1 Bald Eagle, 2 Northern Harriers and 8 Wilson’s Snipe. At Miami Whitewater Wetlands 1 beautiful male Wood Duck, 1 late Common Yellowthroat , 2 Rusty Blackbirds,  3 Northern Harriers and  a Great Horned Owl. There was 1 Bald Eagle at Miami Whitewater Lake and we found the Barred Owl in its usual spot.

Don ‘t forget the Cincinnati CBC is this Sunday ,December 27. All are welcome. Full day, half day or feeder reports. Check the calender section for details.


Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Location: CVG Airport Cell Phone Lot

Reporter: Jim Terlinden

Other observers: Patricia and Jean

Probably saw the same 100+ Sandhill Cranes as Jordan around 1:20 flying west.  5-10 minutes later there were 15 more


Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Location: Arlington Cemetery

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers: Jeff Burgess

During the Western Hamilton County Christmas Bird Count, Jeff and I had a Merlin at Arlington Cemetery in Mt. Healthy. It was perched on the tallest tree in the Acacia Gardens section, near the pond at the back of the cemetery.


Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Location: Burnet Woods

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

100+ Sandhill Cranes fly over migration. Very loud and headed West


Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Location: Maple Ridge Lodge Mt Airy Park

Reporter: doug feist

Other observers:

Beautiful and very approachable female Merlin in large lawn surrounding lawn. Second sighting this month


Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015

Location: Burnet Woods and Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers: Megan Mahon

Burnet Woods:

1 Barred Owl

2 Red Tailed Hawks sitting together and following one another around the woods

Eastern Phoebe, Chickadees, many Tufted Titmouse, Red Bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Cardinals

Armleder:

1 Juvenile Bald Eagle fly over before entering the park

1 Great Horned Owl

1 Female Northern Harrier

1 Male Coopers Hawk

Carolina Wrens, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, White Throated and Song Sparrows

A total of 11 Short Eared Owls tonight at sun down!!!

 


Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

A pair of Wilson’s Snipes near the visitor center. One flushed and flew in a big circle and flew back and landed 20 yards away on the shore of the pond and I could find it again. Also

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Harrier

American Kestrel

Mute Swan

Mallards

Canada Geese

Ring-necked Duck

Northern Shoveler

Lesser Scaup

American Black Duck

Carolina Wren

American Crow

Field, Swamp and Song Sparrow

Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy Woodpecker

Yesterday morning at Armleder, a Bald Eagle soaring high over the field moving north.

 


Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers: 8-10 other observers on Wednesday

8 Short Eared Owls this year. Quite a show. Counted 8 both nights with the first owl emerging around 530.

The male Kestrel has been hanging around the trees near the shelter and jungle gym. Seen late afternoon/early evening both Wed and Thursday.

Quite a few Great Blue Heron hanging around the park as well.

Barred Owl thursday.

White throated, white crowned, song and fox sparrows.


Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Location: State Rt. 132, Clermont Co., OH

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers: Andy Bess

Female Rufous Hummingbird still present at private residence in Clermont County. Lee and his wife welcome visitors. If they are not home you can go around back into the screened in porch. They keep the door open on the far side of the porch to give you a clear view of the feeder. Their address is 6036 State Rt. 132, 45122. The little jewel is pretty reliable, feeding about every 20 – 30 minutes.

Here’s a short video

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Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Of note:  2 Northern Pintails, 2 Snow Buntings west side of beach.  They flew and did not return.


Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015

Location: finneytown

Reporter: jenn dodge

Other observers:

1 broadwing hawk


Date: Monday, December 14, 2015

Location: 5000 Mallard Crossing Ln, Cincinnati Ohio, 45247

Reporter: Sophia Mitchell

Other observers:

Two Cooper’s Hawks were hunting near the bird feeder in our backyard this morning! One stuck around for a long time cleaning itself while the other left quickly. Pics are of one of the birds.

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Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods (Milford)

Reporter: Michael Kravitz

Other observers: 22 bird walk participants

We enjoyed a good diversity of species on this warm December morning. Highlights were a cooperative red-tailed hawk and eastern bluebirds, and American black ducks. Other species observed were golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, turkey vulture, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow, mourning dove, American robin, house finch, American goldfinch, northern cardinal, mallard, Canada goose, dark-eyed junco, American crow, blue jay, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina chickadee, and Carolina wren. Following the scheduled hike, a few of us observed eastern phoebe and fox sparrow, and heard eastern towhee.


Date: Sunday, December 13, 2015

Location: Lake Isabella

Reporter: Stephen Wheeler

Other observers:

Saw 18 Hooded Merganser, 1 Kingfisher (male), 6 Mallards, 1 Cooper Hawk, 2 Blue Jays, 1 Canada Goose, 8 Robins, 1 Carolina Wren.  There was a Great Blue Heron on the river.


Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

The Great Parks Winter Bird Count was today. This is the eighth year for the count at Armleder. We have found 71 species in the eight years. Added  Peregrine Falcon to the list this year.

Here are the totals: Great Blue Heron 4, Mallard 3, Cooper’s Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Northern Harrier 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Rock Dove 30, Mourning Dove 5, Belted Kingfisher 2, Common Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 12, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Horned Lark 2, Blue Jay 5, Common Crow 22, Carolina Chickadee 30, Tufted Titmouse 17, White-breasted Nuthatch 6, Brown Creeper 2, Winter Wren 1, Carolina Wren 12, American Robin 66, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, Cedar Waxwing 12, Starling 205, Yellow-rumped Warbler 6, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Common Grackle 8, Cardinal 19, House Finch 65, American Goldfinch 69, Towhee 5, Savanah Sparrow 5, Tree Sparrow 54, White-crowned Sparrow 15, White-throated Sparrow 4, Fox Sparrow 8, Swamp Sparrow 16, and Song Sparrow 48.

We had a total of 42 species. Biggest miss was the American Kestrel that has been seen daily, except for today.  Nicest finds were the 8 Fox Sparrows, the Winter Wren and the Peregrine Falcon. There were 2 Fox Sparrows in the North part of the park, one in the South field and 5 near the canoe launch including 2 bathing in a small puddle of water on the gravel beach. Was able to get a couple good photos of that pair.


Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Location: CORRECTION Rivertowne Marina

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers:

Make that 2 ROSS’ GEESE associating with flock of Canadas.

Straight border to face, blueish bill, no grin patch.


Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Location: Four Seasons Marina

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers:

Snow Goose associating with large flock of Canada Geese that’s moving around between Four Seasons and Rivertowne Marinas.


Date: Friday, December 11, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Picked a great day for Otto.

1 Great Horned Owl.  Almost had a pretty close shot of it but a noisy hiker let his dog off leash and it ran up to me scaring the GHO. It then flew across the river from Otto.

1 Barred Owl

1 Male Kestrel first one Ive seen at Otto in months

1 Northern Harrier (female)

Many Downy, Hairy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers and one Pileated.

1 Fox Sparrow

3 White Throated Sparrows


Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Heard a Fox Sparrow yesterday morning in north field with White-crowned group.  Today heard Fox Sparrow again and spotted 1 Fox Sparrow in north field. A beautiful sound to hear and so distinct. Also yesterday still dark and foggy in the am, walking in north field heard Cooper’s Hawk first, then watched as the hawk flew from a tree in the middle of the field toward the bean field.  He saw me first!


Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Location: Little Miami River near Stubbs Mill Rd. and Little Miami south of Beechmont

Reporter: john hill

Other observers:

The 2 Adult Bald Eagles who have fledged young for 7 or so years in numerous nests built in the same Sycamore tree above the river were roosting in the same old tree. They’ve lost 3 nests to wind over the years, including last year’s with 2 chicks – assuming the chicks were lost. I’m expecting them to build another nest in the same tree and have spoken with the Warren County DNR officer about building them a secure box in that tree – oh well.

The active nest of the 2 Bald Eagle nests south of Beechmont has been added to.


Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Location: East fork south beach

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

hundreds of gulls ,one is different from the other, pink feet / legs  Very dark, Thinking Black -backed but not sure of which one.


Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015

Location: Snowy Owl

Reporter: Jenny Gandert

Other observers: multiple

Many of us saw the snowy owl on the I-75 fence across the interstate from Voice of America park. What a beauty! Just a precaution… keep your distance and do not try to get so close that you are n danger of scaring it.

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Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Walked the Hickory trail Saturday and Weapons to Wetlands and Sycamore trails this morning. Highlights were good looks of a beautiful American Kestrel and a group of Sandhill Cranes flyover. Also

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Harrier

Eastern Meadowlark

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

A flock of the following mix:

White-throated Sparrow

C Chickadee

C Wren

Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

1 Brown Creeper heard and seen.

Cardinal

Eastern Towhee

Several Eastern Bluebirds both days

Song, White-crowned, Field, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco

American Crow

Belted Kingfisher

GBH

Mallard

Lesser Scaup

Northern Shoveler

Ring-necked Duck

American Wigeon

A Bald Eagle at the bridge near New Baltimore

9 Deer, a few close encounters.

1 Beaver

 


Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Location: West Chester, Butler County

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers: many

Yesterday’s Butler County SNOWY OWL was seen by many observers today at various locations near and around I-75 and Liberty Way. It was initally spotted perched on a light post at the intersection of Liberty Way and I-75, in heavy fog about 10am , by Cassie Crawford. It then flew west of I-75, where Andrew Cannizzaro picked it up first on the highway barrier behind Cabela’s and then further south, on a telephone pole alongside the freeway, across from Dunedin Ave off Tyler’s Place Rd, then entrance to a housing development called The Lofts. It stayed there for over two hours, allowing for excellent looks as the fog lifted and the sun came out. As always happens when a crowd of birders congregates on a staked out rarity, the locals got curious, and I enjoyed sharing my scope so they could get good looks at “Harry Potter’s owl.”

After I left, the bird went on the move again. Charlotte Carlson witnessed a near disaster as it barely avoided being hit by a car when it flew back east across I-75. There it was seen on top of the Precision Radiotherapy building (7710 Discovery Dr.) across from the entrance to VOA and later on the antenna at the West Chester Hospital. This is the last reported position I have.

It was so nice to see so many birders (and non-birders) enjoying this bird. Everyone was very respectful, not only of the bird, but also of each other and the community. It was a terrific day, and probably the best looks I have ever had of a Snowy Owl.

Good birding.


Date: Friday, December 4, 2015

Location: VOA – Not my sighting

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Nick Dumont

There a photo of a Snowy Owl posted on the Cincinnati Birders Facebook page taken by Nick Dumont this morning at VOA.


Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers:

12 Common Loons on the river in front of our house, beautiful in the early fog