Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons Marina

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 18 Ring Billed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, Canada Geese Flocks are back at 10 AM.   1 Greater White-fronted Goose.

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1 Adult Bald Eagle horrible lighting but I finally got a shot.

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Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Location: Gilmore Ponds

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

Although it was pretty dreary this morning Gilmore hosted a pretty good variety of birds. 30+ species! Some highlights were:

300+ Canada Geese
3 American Wigeon
8 American Black Duck
12 Northern Shoveler
1 Northern Pintail
3 Green-winged Teal
1 Ring-necked Duck
2 Killdeer
5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
8 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
2 Brown Creeper
5 American Tree Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrow
and 1 Eastern Towhee


Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Large flock of Crows near section 123 making noise, harassing a large Red-tailed Hawk close to pond. Also Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, several small groups of Dark-eyed Juncos and 1 large group near woodland preserve. a 2nd Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Turkey Vulture, White-throated Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, 2 Mute Swans, Mallards, Canada Geese


Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Location: Caesar Creek Wetland

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

3 Golden-crowned Kinglets with a mix of Chickadees, Titmouse, Wrens and 1 Downy Woodpecker. Also 1 GBH, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Kestrel, 5 Turkey Vultures, 3 Red-tailed Hawks


Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Location: Meldahl Dam

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

This morning I had an adult Thayer’s Gull on the Ohio River just below Meldahl Dam. The bird initially caught my eye floating down the river, where it appeared just a tad slimmer and smaller headed than a typical herring gull. I also got several decent views at the folded primaries, which were very white looking underneath further arousing my suspicions. I followed it until it drifted far enough and took flight giving definitive looks at the wings. It was a little too far to get a great look at the iris, but views suggested it was darker than a typical herring. It was observed from the Kentucky side of the river, which now has a nice high and open vantage point that just opened a few months ago. The bird was last seen feeding immediately below the dam.

Other gulls present are about 25 Herring Gulls, and 250 Ring-billed Gulls.


Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers: Megan Mahon

3 Black Vultures

2 Red Tailed Hawks

3 American Kestrel (2 male 1 female)

2 F Northern Harrier

5 Eastern Bluebirds

Numerous Tree and House Sparrows

Lodge Pond was filled with Canada Geese, Mallards, Gadwall, Ringneck, Red Heads, Wigeons, Buffleheads, Goldeneye and Northern Shovelers

Also 1 Mink and 10 Muskrats


Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Location: Evergreen Cemetery Southgate Ky

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

Found 1 Merlin in section 33. Also saw 2 Red-tail Hawks, 1 unknown accipiter and 2 Pine Siskins. An interesting cemetery with potential.


Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Of note:  2 Common Mergansers M/F were spooked up by a boat on the middle of the lake this morning.  Aslo, mallards and 2 Black ducks which were fired upon by duck hunters.  I did not see any fall.  Also, 1 American Pipit and 1 Bonaparte’s Gull.  Very dead otherwise.


Date: Friday, January 29, 2016

Location: Four Seasons/Rivertown Marina

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

ALL Canada Geese were gone from the Soccer Fields. Flock of 30 at Golf Range. Hundreds on Ohio River and doing Fly-overs of Marina.

11 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 10 Great Blue Herons, 8 Mallards, 1 Belted Kingfisher.

 

 


Date: Friday, January 29, 2016

Location: East Fork Lake

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

38 Ring-billed Gulls (South Beach), 1 Bufflehead (Dam Area Ramp), 1 Juvenile Bald Eagle (Spillway fly over)


Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Robert Pickford

Other observers: Linda Harig

Two Northern Harrier, four Black Vultures.


Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Location: Kellogg Soccer Fields

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

Greater White-fronted Goose still present at 4:00 p.m.

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Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Location: Four Seasons/Rivertown Marina fields

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

One Greater White-fronted Goose mixed in with the 482 Canada’s.Was there at 3:30 PM on Tuesday.


Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Location: Ross Gravel Pit and Fernald

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

Waterfowl sightings from this morning.
Ross Gravel Pit:
100 Canada Geese
7 Ring-necked Duck
3 Redhead
14 Lesser Scaup
5 Greater Scaup
4 Bufflehead
3 Common Goldeneye
30 American Coot

Fernald Lodge Pond:
70 Canada Geese
125 Gadwall
3 American Wigeon
5+ American Black Duck
150 Mallard
2 Green-winged Teal
1 Redhead
75 Ring-necked Duck
1 Lesser Scaup
5 Bufflehead


Date: Monday, January 25, 2016

Location: Otto Armleder Canoe Landing

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

2 Wigeons (M/F), 3 Hooded Mergansers (2M/1 F) VERY Skittish, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Belted Kingfishers, flock of Starlings in the parking area.

 

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Date: Monday, January 25, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons and Otto Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers: Megan Mahon

4 Seasons: 1 Adult Bald Eagle, 8 Great Blue Heron, around 10 Wild Turkeys made a very fast run out of one part of the woods to another, 6 Ring Billed Gulls on the ice, 100’s of Canada Geese

Otto: 2 Belted Kingfishers, 2 Great Blue Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sharp Shinned Hawk

Over the weekend I headed East. We trailed 2 Bald Eagles along the Muskingum River in Downtown Zanesville.  Also the area surrounding Dillon Lake State Park…Eastern Bluebirds were flourishing, 2 Red Shouldered Hawks, 2 Great Blue Heron, 15+ Red Tailed Hawks in surrounding area.


Date: Monday, January 25, 2016

Location: New Richmond waterfront

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

There is an immature Greater White-fronted Goose mixed in with the motley bunch of semi- domesticated waterfowl.


Date: Monday, January 25, 2016

Location: Hidden Valley Lake, Dearborn Co., IN

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers:

Possible female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE among the female Common Goldeneyes seen from the beach and marina area. Stubby all-yellow bill looked good for BARROW’S as did steep forehead. Head color seemed somewhat different…I don’t know that I could say darker. Extensive white on folded wing contrasted noticeably with dark body, seemingly more so than Common, but that’s subjective. Did not associate with any other ducks. Take a look at this bird, and take a camera.


Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Karen for 1 1/2 hours

2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 2 Northern Flicker, 5 Downy Woodpecker, 5 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker,  5 Song Sparrows,  Flocks of Tree and White-crowned Sparrows near Shelter # 2, 1 Fox Sparrow, 3 White-throated Sparrows, 1 Coopers Hawk.
Heard 3 separate Belted Kingfishers from Overlook to Duck Creek, 4 Mallard Pairs, 2 American Wigeon (M/F), 26 Canada Geese (flyover), Flock of Crows (Beanfield),   Canada Geese decoys still out in the Beanfield, 1 Carolina Wren,  8 Carolina Chickadees, ‘Flocks of Tufted Titmice, Robins and Cardinals all day’.


Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons Marina

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

6 Great Blue Herons….. they are gathering there now.
200+ Canada Geese, 2 Redhead Ducks (M/F), 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Female Belted Kingfisher, 7 Ring-billed Gulls

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Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Location: Whitewater

Reporter: Gary Becker

Other observers:

Quite few Sandhills on the ground early, ..lots of noise but none took to the air while we were there.  A couple of immature bald eagles watching over them from a tree perch…saw a couple turkeys in a cornfield just south of Oxford on the way back, then another mature eagle in the trees at the bend of the Great Miami River across from the Cinicinnati water facility on River Road.


Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Location: Gilmore

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today 10:30 to 12   While estimating the count of the large group of Canada Geese I saw a Snow Goose fly low over the CG’s and circle and then the Goose flew away. Count of around 150 to 200 CG’s. As I walked back across the field I spotted the Snow Goose at a high altitude flying southwest. Also 2 Cooper’s Hawk, 1 in southwest corner of preserve on the ground and 1 flew right in front of me on I-275. Saw its banded tail and yellow talons as it flew into grass on side of road! Very cool. Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, C Wren, C Chickadee, Red-bellied Woodpecker


Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Location: 11000 Block of Sand Run Rd

Reporter: Chris Stone

Other observers:

Sighted a Bald Eagle in a neighbors tree in the 11000 block of Sand Run Rd.  I took somewhere n the neighborhood of 150 photos, if I can figure out how to post one I will.  There used to be a nest nearby on the Whitewater River, but I have no idea if it’s still there.


Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Location: East Fork State Par

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

Was debating with myself this morning to get out or not,glad I did.Starting at 8:51 am on the North shore  Gadwall 3, American Coot 28, RB gull 2 ,Brown Creeper 1, Yellow Shafted Flicker 2, Red Bellied 2, Belted Kingfisher 1 sitting on the pole at the end of the launching ramp, Yellow Rumped Warbler 3, American Robin 28, Northern Cardinal 23, Golden Crowned Kinglet 2, Hairy 1, Carolina Chickadee 5, Song Sparrow 1, White throated Sparrow 2, Eastern Bluebird 2, White Breasted Nuthatch 1, Merlin 1 seen to the left driving on the road to the visitors center.Scaup 23 ,had bluish heads but the distance and mist rising off the water ,plus the addition that they flew off after a shotgun salvo in the distance did not allow a positive ID.American Crow 2, Red -Shouldered Hawk 1,  Pileated Woodpecker 1-feeding on what was left of the fruit on a vine that barely held the weight-quite comical to observe.Starling 3, Great Blue Heron 1.Downy 4.Bald Eagle 1.The south shore of the park was gated at both the beach and the Tate boat ramp.Saw the flyover Bald Eagle only after I decided to return to the North side to see if I could reconnect with the Scaups, to no luck.


Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers: 7 participants on the Saturday Morning Bird Walk

7 birders showed up on this cold snowy morning to see what we could find at the nature center.  Along with all of the regulars we had a Hermit Thrush and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

28 species

Canada Goose  10
Black Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  10
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  6
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  5
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  25
European Starling  25
American Tree Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1
White-throated Sparrow  25
Song Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  30
House Finch  15
American Goldfinch  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27067616


Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Location: Field next to Newtown Farmer’s Market

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

White phase Snow Goose mixed in with 100 Canada Geese. Grin patch clearly evident.


Date: Friday, January 22, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today from 9 30 to 11 30 walked the Shingle Oak and Sycamore Trail to stay out of the wind. Several small groups of Canada Geese flying over the preserve when I arrived. Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Brown Creeper, Flicker, Pileated, Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, Junco, C Wren, Chickadee, Cardinal, Crow, WB Nuthatch and 13 Deer. A group of 5 young deer in pine trees on the ground digesting food. Got very close to one on return trip.


Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Location: Ross’s Goose on Roundbottom

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Saw what I believe is a Ross’s goose yesterday on Roundbottom across from Riverside park.  It was among 150 or so Canada Geese.

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Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Location: Otto Armleder Memorial Park

Reporter: Aaron Sussell

Other observers: 4

14 -Short-eared owls. Between 5:50 -6:10 p.m. Flew 1-3 at a time out of the trees north of the tall grass fields on N.E. edge of the park, approximately over the picnic shelter and restroom buildings in the center and toward Lunken Airport.

1- Northern Harrier, hunting in tall grass field N.E. side

mostly clear with a few clouds, 25 degrees, partial snow cover.


Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Location: Small church just south of the P@G research building on Mason-Montgomery Rd.

Reporter: Mark Evans

Other observers:

One Bar-Headed goose and three Cackling geese hanging out with a hundred Canada geese in small field behind church. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder


Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Location: Home, S/E Anderson Township feeder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

2 (MF) Red-bellied, 2 (M/F) Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Flicker (M)

1 Blue Jay, 4 Carolina Chickadee, 3 Tufted Titmouse, 3 Carolina Wren, 4 Song Sparrow, 1 Starling (Flock in the surrounding trees)

3 Northern Cardinal (2M/F), 2 House Finch (M/F), 22 House Sparrow, 7 American Goldfinch


Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

Lucky 13 tonight. Between 5:40 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. there were 13 Short-eared Owls. They came up in groups of 2, then 5, then 3 and finished with three singles. This is my personal best.

Also saw two Northern Harriers, 1 Fox Sparrow and 1 American Pipit along the riverbank at the canoe landing.

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Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers:

Best thing this morning was a mink on the ice on the backwater estuary. It ducked into a hole under the bank. It ducked under the bank on the other side of the estuary from the bird blind on the east end of the trail. Two Goldeneye in front of the house were new birds for the year. The feeders were delightfully crazy this morning but no new birds there.


Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Location: Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati

Reporter: Aaron Sussell

Other observers: Cheryl

Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk. Yesterday 1/19/2016 about mid-day.  You can park on Augusta Lane (s. of intersection of Kenwood and Shawnee Run Rds) and walk onto the golf course. The bird was perched in a large tree on the course at least 100′ off the ground.  Ann West saw the bird at same location last week, and thought it was a snowy owl.  Without binoculars, it would be easy to conclude that unless you are very familiar with hawk profiles from a distance.


Date: Monday, January 18, 2016

Location: Fernald and Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Fernald 10Am-1230PM: 1 Adult and 1 Juvenile Bald Eagle lingering over the history/nature center before flying towards the bird blind and over the tree line, 1 Female Northern Harrier, 2 Northern Flickers, 1 Red Tailed Hawk, 1 Male American Kestrel.  All bodies of water were almost all the way frozen on top leaving only small open spaces…only waterfowl I saw was the Mute Swan, 2 Geese and 2 Mallards. Also got to see an American Mink doing a little ice fishing which was quite amazing to witness.

Armleder 1-3PM: Northern Harrier, Male Kestrel, and a Short Eared Owl flying over field, landing in tree along grass path that spilts the field in two


Date: Monday, January 18, 2016

Location: Home, S/E Anderson Township

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Noon to 1 PM

 

1 Adult Red-shouldered Hawk

2 (MF) Red-bellied, 2 (M/F) Downy Woodpeckers

1 Blue Jay

4 Carolina Chickadee

3 Tufted Titmouse

3 Carolina Wren

3 Song Sparrow

2 Northern Cardinal (M/F)

2 House Finch (M/F)

18 House Sparrow


Date: Monday, January 18, 2016

Location: Vora Technology Park, Hamilton

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

An adult white morph Snow Goose was seen this morning mingling with Canada Geese in the pond behind Vora Technology park. Great views are possible from the visitor parking lot.

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Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Good smattering of ducks on Lodge Pond. Redhead, Gadwall,  Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, Ringneck, Green winged Teal, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Widgeon.  Had 17 Sandhills fly over and a couple of Redtail hawks and 3 northern Harriers.


Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip: Brown : Highland : Indian Creek Wildlife Area–Greentree Marsh : Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits : Paint Creek SP (Highland Co.) : Rocky Fork SP : Rocky Fork State Park Camping Area

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers: 5 participants in the Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip

6 of us braved the cold and went to points in Brown and Highland county.  The Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits had lots of duck and a Bald Eagle was by the nest that they use in the area.  We also observed Horned Grebes picking at bark on trees that were in the water.  Rocky Fork was full of decoys.

Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe,  Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle


Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Location: Home, S/E Anderson Township

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Big run on the feeders here also. One of our two suet feeders was emptied in less than 24 hours. Seen in a 1 hour span starting at noon.

Suet…… 2 (M/F) Red-bellied ,  2 (M/F) Downy , 1 (F) Hairy Woodpecker, 3 Carolina Wrens,

Seed Feeders… 2 (M/F) House Finches, 4 Song Sparrows, 3 (1 M/2F) Cardinals, 5 Tufted Titmice, 7 Carolina Chickadees, 1 Blue Jay,

Off Feeders…..15+ House Sparrows on the ground, 2 Hawks but they were too far away to ID, 6 American Crows, 10+ Robins, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, a wing of 15 Canada? Geese heading to Coney.


Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

10 am to noon. Cold and windy

A Pileated Woodpecker landed right above me along trail to bean field. Also second Pileated, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, heard only Killdeer. Large group of Blackbirds at south end, Towhee, Song, Fox, Field, American Tree, White-throated, White-crowned Sparrow. No raptors seen.  Large flock of European Starlings in grass near Walmart on Red Bank.


Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Location: Otto Armleder Park

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

Group of 7 or 8 short-eared owls flushed from the south end of the grassy habitat inside of the bike loop.

Northern harrier

House wren

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Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Location: Home, New Richmond, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Birds know a arctic front is on the way, feeders emptying quick. Pine Siskins approaching or over 100, the 1 redpoll and 1 purple finch are back.


Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Location: Withrow Nature Preserve, 4 Seasons, Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Withrow: 1 Red Tailed Hawk, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, good amount of Eastern Towhees and Robins

4 Seasons: 1 Ross’s goose still mixed in with 75+ Canada Geese, 2 mallards, 4 Ring Billed Gulls

Armleder: 2 Great Blue Heron, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 American Kestrel, 2 Northern Harriers both male and female, Coopers Hawk, White Crowned and Fox Sparrows


Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Location: Hamilton dam/Miami Hamilton

Reporter: Gary Becker

Other observers:

Pair of adult Bald eagles hung around in the tree across the river late afternoon…nice variety of ducks on lodge pond at Fernald this morning with a Blue heron watching from the far reeds….saw one of the harriers and a red tail on the way towards Hickory trail…


Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

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

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers:

Stopped Thursday morning to watch an immature  Bald Eagle flying low over the Preserve field. I was surprised to see a female Northern Harrier came up from the field and followed the eagle for a short distance and then drop back down and continue hunting. A Red shoulder watched from the tree line, quiet for a change. Can’t remember the last time I saw a Harrier on the property.


Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Location: 6018 State Rt.727

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

On my way into Stonelick SP this morning at 9:35 am, saw a Rough Legged Hawk standing in the field to the right as you turn off of 131 .Very close visual no glasses .It jumped and flexed wings which gave me a great view of carpal band but did not fly off.Legs were very *hairy* and covered past shin


Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016

Location: 2133 State Route 131

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

4 Black Vultures feeding on a small deer .The location is about half a mile on the left past the UDF heading towards Stonelick State park. Black beaks, grey legs, squat tail.Made three drive bys just to make sure they were not Juvie Turkeys.


Date: Friday, January 15, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

American Kestrel in tree in north area. Also 1 Northern Harrier, 3 Fox Sparrows, 3 Northern Flickers, several White-crowned Sparrows, 1 Mallard, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 12 Mourning Doves, 50-60 Blackbirds, Chickadees, Titmouse, Cardinal, a pair of House Finches with WC Sparrows, Song Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, 4 Turkey Vultures, 6 White-breasted Nuthatches


Date: Friday, January 15, 2016

Location: East Fork Lake South Beach

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

The massive flocks of Gulls have vanished.

Today at 11 AM all that was there were 15 Ring-billed Gulls.

1 Killdeer

1 Turkey Vulture


Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Location: Armleder Park – Pipits

Reporter: James Rettig

Other observers:

Canoe launch, rivers edge, upstream sand bar, two American pipits feeding in the gravel.


Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons Marina

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

200+ Canada Geese

1 Ross’s Goose

19 Mallard Ducks

9 Ring-billed Gulls

3 Crows


Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Location: Otto Armleder Park

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

1 Turkey Vulture

2 American Kestrels

4 White-crowned Sparrows

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20+ Crows

16 Canada Geese flew over

15 Robins+ flock

3 Pileated Woodpeckers

4 Tufted Titmice

3 Cardinals

6 Goldfinches

Bald Eagle

3 Fox Sparrows

4 Red-bellied Woodpeckers

3 Downy Woodpeckers

 

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Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Location: Four Seasons Marina soccerfield

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

A white goose has joined the minions of Canada’s on the field.Not sure if Snow or Ross as I did not bring good glasses today.Any help would be appreciative – if a Ross that would get me to 249 on my life list.Thanks .

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Date: Monday, January 11, 2016

Location: Otto Armleder Park

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

1 PM-2PM

4 Fox Sparrows (photo first for me)

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7 Red-winged Blackbirds (1 Immature Male)

1 Red-tailed Hawk

6 Mourning Doves

10 Robins

4 Ring-billed Gulls

1 Crow

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Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Third day in a row at Armleder.  Love the diversity this place offers day to day.

1 Bald Eagle

12 Horned Larks on ground near the beginning of the paved walking/biking trail leading to lunken.

1 Northern Harrier

Beanfield continues to fill with geese, crows, starlings, killdeer and about 20+ ducks that were just a little to far for me to ID


Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Location: Development near Baughman Rd and Edgewood Rd

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

After work this evening, I drove a few roads in NW Hamilton Co. looking for field birds.  I found one decent flock, in a housing development just west of Miami Whitewater Wetlands.  They were in the field just south of Jarrett Ct.

75+ Horned Lark

18 Lapland Longspur

I also checked Simonson Rd, but there wasn’t even Horned Lark. There is an extension to the southbound road and a weedy edge that held Field, Savannah, and Tree Sparrows.


Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Location: Home, New Richmond, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

1 male Purple Finch has joined the ~50 Pine Siskins and 1  Common Redpoll at my feeders today.  It has been about 5 years since I have seen one here.


Date: Monday, January 11, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Todays highlight happened as i was watching over the bean field.  Something flushed over 100 geese  from the very back of the field where the corn grows.  Unexpectedly 3 Sandhill Cranes took flight among the geese and flew towards Lunken.

Also Kingfisher, 4 Killdeer, 1 Immature Coopers Hawk hunting along trail leading to bean field and the rusty blackbirds were still in abundance.


Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Location: Clermont County Park District Winter Bird Count

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers: Kelly: Jana Marshall and Joe Westhaven Sycamore/Wilson: Genny Green, Phillip Green, six 4-H members and Chris Clingman Crooked Run/Chilo Lock 34: Jack Moermond, Wyatt Westerkamp, Don Kohler, Sheila Riley, Linda Romine, Robert Thompson and Suzanne Clingman

Clermont County Park District Winter Bird Count results

18 counters from 8:30 am to Noon, in 3 parks (Kelly, Sycamore/Wilson and Crooked Run/Chilo Lock 34 Park)

for a total of 47 species

Great fun! Great weather! Thanks to all who helped with the count!

Crooked Run Nature Preserve /Chilo Lock 34 Park   Winter Bird Count 1/9/16

  1. Pied-billed Grebe              1
  2. Canada Goose                   14
  3. Ring-billed Gull                12
  4. Black Duck                          2
  5. Mallard                                4
  6. Turkey Vulture                   1
  7. Red-tailed Hawk                1
  8. Red-shouldered                  1
  9. American Kestrel               1
  10. Bald Eagle                            1
  11. Mourning Dove                  4
  12. Great Horned Owl           1
  13. Belted Kingfisher             2
  14. Common Flicker               15
  15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
  16. Pileated Woodpecker       1
  17. Hairy Woodpecker          3
  18. Red-bellied Woodpecker 16
  19. Downy Woodpecker      18
  20. Eastern Phoebe                  3
  21. Blue Jay                              22
  22. Common Crow                  7
  23. Carolina Chickadee          39
  24. Tufted Titmouse              23
  25. White-breasted Nuthatch 23
  26. Carolina Wren                   12
  27. Northern Mockingbird   3
  28. American Robin                19
  29. Eastern Bluebird               15
  30. Northern Cardinal            34
  31. House Finch                       1
  32. American Goldfinch        20
  33. Rufous-sided Towhee      9
  34. Dark-eyed Junco              5
  35. Tree Sparrow                     38
  36. Field Sparrow                    17
  37. White-throated Sparrow 49
  38. Swamp Sparrow               11
  39. Song Sparrow                    15
  40. Fox Sparrow                       1
  41. Yellow-rumped Warbler 16
  42. European Starling            61

 

Sycamore Park     Winter Bird Count 1/9/16

  1. Canada Goose                    1
  2. Hooded Merganser          4       (#43)
  3. Red-tailed Hawk               1
  4. Red-shouldered Hawk     1
  5. Common Flicker               2
  6. Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
  7. Downy Woodpecker         5
  8. Common Crow                  3
  9. Carolina Chickadee          36
  10. Tufted Titmouse               11
  11. White-breasted Nuthatch 4
  12. Brown Creeper                  2        (#44)
  13. Carolina Wren                   5
  14. American Robin                2
  15. Eastern Bluebird               4
  16. Golden-crowned Kinglet 2       (#45)
  17. Northern Cardinal            12
  18. White-throated Sparrow 3
  19. Song Sparrow                    1
  20. European Starling            14
  21. Bald Eagle                            1 (at 222 and Elklick)

 

Kelly Nature Preserve   Winter Bird Count 1/9/16

  1. Canada Goose               24
  2. Red-Shouldered Hawk    1
  3. Mourning Dove                4
  4. Belted Kingfisher               1
  5. Common Flicker                 2
  6. Hairy Woodpecker             1
  7. Red-Bellied Woodpecker 4
  8. Downy Woodpecker          3
  9. Blue Jays                          9
  10. Common Crow                 2
  11. Carolina Chickadee        16
  12. Tufted Titmouse                 4
  13. White-Breasted Nuthatch 5
  14. Brown Creeper                 1
  15. Winter Wren                     3       (#46)
  16. American Robin               5
  17. N. Cardinal                     11
  18. House Finch                  2
  19. Purple Finch                  7           (#47)
  20. Dark-Eyed Junco          1
  21. Tree Sparrow               4
  22. Song Sparrow             18
  23. Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

 


Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Location: Muscatatuck NWR and Ewing Bottoms

Reporter: Jack Stenger

Other observers:

Yesterday I headed west into the wind and cold and was rewarded with some exciting birds, although the day didn’t have much species diversity.  The bird of the day was an adult Golden Eagle just west of Seymour, IN soaring in the same view as an adult Bald Eagle. For the exact location see my ebird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26837937

I spent 2 hours driving farm roads in the Ewing Bottoms. This area is the bottlomlands of the East Fork of the White River, just west of Ewing, IN. I focused my driving on the north side of US 50 and south of county road 300 N. Sandhill Cranes were everywhere. I estimated 4,000 on the ground, most of which were in two large groups, but smaller groups were almost always in sight somewhere on the horizon. While Ewing Bottoms doesn’t have as many cranes as peak-season Jasper-Pulaski FWA , the differences between 4,000 cranes and 10,000 cranes is emotionally negligible. Definitely worth the trip.

Mascatatuck NWR still had open water, but 4 playful River Otters stole the show from the smattering of dabbling ducks and 2 Trumpeter Swans. Songbirds were concentrated close to the road, but there were long stretches without much activity. Flyover cranes were ubiquitous here as well.  The cranes roost in an inaccessible area at the refuge, but as the morning roost breaks up small flocks are conspicuous. I think these may be the same birds that head to Ewing during the day.

Here are my complete lists for each location:

Muscatatuck NWR–Auto Tour Loop Drive, Jackson, Indiana, US

Jan 10, 2016 9:20 AM – 11:55 AM

Canada Goose  90
Trumpeter Swan  2
Gadwall  15
American Black Duck  20
Mallard  150
Northern Shoveler  3
Northern Pintail  1
Northern Harrier  1
Sandhill Crane  300     There were many more than this in the NWR. The birds were roosting in an unaccessible area, but their bugles could be heard from a distance. The 300 birds I counted were smaller groups flying over as they dispersed from the roost.
Killdeer  3
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  14
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  4
American Tree Sparrow  45
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  30
Swamp Sparrow  15
Northern Cardinal  30
American Goldfinch  9

Ewing Bottoms–North of Brownstown, Jackson, Indiana, US
Jan 10, 2016 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
25.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Ewing Bottoms north of US 50, south of county road 300 N. Very cold (18F) and windy.
17 species

Canada Goose  150
Mallard  65
Northern Harrier  4
Bald Eagle  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sandhill Crane  4000
Killdeer  33
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  45
Mourning Dove  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  4
American Crow  25
Horned Lark  22
European Starling  200
American Tree Sparrow  10
Northern Cardinal  2


Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Location: Whitewater Memorial Park-Brookville Lake, Indiana

Reporter: Ethan Rising

Other observers: Liz Rising

Despite the cold weather and snow, a few good birds were found today at the Northern end of Brookville Lake

From the Memorial Park-

-roughly 700 Sandhill Cranes, some calling and flying around. For these birds especially it’s not even worth going to Dunlapsville. There is almost no water north of there and you can get much better views from the Memorial Park boat ramp.

-1 Pileated Woodpecker

-2 Female Bufflehead, close range on the Memorial Park Lake

-1 HEARD ONLY Red-breasted Nuthatch, doing the toy horn honking at a pine grove northeast of the boat ramp

Next Saturday, January 16, there is an Ohio Young Birders Club trip to the Brookville Lake area.

If you are a young birder interested in attending the field trip and you want more details, email my mom, Liz Rising, at lizrising1@gmail.com.

 

 


Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers: Megan Mahon

Great day at Otto due to snowy weather and the lack of people.

1 Adult Bald Eagle perched in bean field.

Bean field had many geese and killdeer

4 Ring Billed Gulls

Red Tail circling over park as another Bald Eagle (juvenile) paid the red tail a quick visit just to remind the hawk who was boss.  The juvenile then flew down river.

1 Great Horned Owl

1 Barred Owl

Large gathering of Rusty Blackbirds 75+

Armleder was closed down by Parks employee as we were leaving around 2pm

…also stopped at Burnet Woods and had another Barred Owl

See the Comments


Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods

Reporter: Lois Shadix

Other observers: 14 Bird Walk Participants

We saw a good group of our winter birds on a foggy, cloudy, and warm December morning. Raptors were absent due to the low cloud cover except for a local cooperative Red -tailed Hawk. Of the 27 species observed, were all 7 woodpecker species usually seen at CNC, usual winter feeder birds, and a good group of sparrows, including a pair of Eastern Towhees.

See the Comments


Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Location: Bonaparte’s Gulls East Fork Lake South Beach

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Well over 70 Bonapart’s Gulls

 

Bonaparte's Gull_N5345

 

Bonaparte's Gull_N5346

See the Photos


Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Location: Home feeders, New Richmond, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

1 Common Redpoll at feeders this morning.  The Pine Siskins chased it away.


Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Location: East Fork Lake South beach

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Richard Payne Jr

My neighbor photographed a possible first winter Lesser Black-backed Gull on the South beach at East Fork Lake on January 5.  He has posted a photo in the Ohio Bird Group on flickr. He has posted 9 photos of the possible Lesser Black-backed Gull in his flickr account.

See the Comments


Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Location: Landen lake, mason oh

Reporter: Joe Juenger

Other observers:

Just saw bald eagle flying over landed lake in mason, a northern suburb of Cincinnati.  He came from the direction of the little Miami river, flew the length of the lake to Columbia rd, and a few minutes later, returned over the lake toward the river. Took several pictures on his return flight.


Date: Friday, January 8, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf and one other birder

There were 9 Short-eared Owls tonight viewed from the shelterhouse. The first came up at 5:30 and the last at 5:56. When the last Short-eared Owl flew there was a Killdeer calling close by.

The bird of the night was a very early displaying  American Woodcock  in the south fields between the shelterhouse and the south parking lot.  We first heard the aerial display then 3 peents when he landed.

Was talking to another birder about the difficulty getting good photos of the Short-eared Owls in the low light conditions.  She now takes video instead and is having better results.


Date: Friday, January 8, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers:

Four Short-eared Owls flew over the south parking lot of Armleder Park between 5:45 and 6pm this evening, on their way to Lunken Airfield.


Date: Friday, January 8, 2016

Location: Fernald, Kilby Road Gravel Pit and Campbell Lakes

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers:

Eastern Phoebe at Fernald at 10:30 am along north side of parking lot, then disappeared west beyond porta potty.  Two Common Loons at Kilby Road Gravel pit observed with scope from the trail beyond the building and cable at small parking area along Kilby Road.  One second year Bald Eagle at Campbell Lakes.  All good birds for January listers and seen before 1:00 pm.

 

 


Date: Friday, January 8, 2016

Location: New Richmond window feeders…

Reporter: Tracy Brewer

Other observers:

I just walked by my window and saw a female Purple Finch at the feeders…


Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Many

There were 8 Short-eared Owls tonight. Five came up together at 5:40 p.m.  Then number 6 came up at 5:48, number 7  at  5:50 and number 8 at 5:54.


Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Location: Valley View Nature Preserve

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Good sparrow’s at Valley View yesterday.

Tree sparrow

White throated sparrow

White crowned sparrow

Song Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Black Vulture

Red Bellied WP

Downy WP

Northern Flicker

Chickadee

Cardinal

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Carolina Wren

Mourning dove

Titmouse

Junco

 

 


Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Location: United American Cemetery — Duck Creek Rd.

Reporter: Kirk Westendorf

Other observers:

1 Brown Thrasher

Had it twice in mid-December and thought it was gone when I couldn’t find it count week.  But heard it’s hoarse, growly call last Tuesday night in honeysuckle across from the white building.

 


Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Location: Armleder and Fernald

Reporter: James Rettig

Other observers: none

Wednesday at Armleder, about 70 Rusty Blackbirds.

Thursday at Fernald, in brush near windows of main building, an E Phoebe.


Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Last night 5 Short-eared Owls starting at about 5:50 pm.  Got a nice glimpse of the pale chest on the first owl that flew by near the shelter. Also 1 American Kestrel again.  This morning went to see northward return trip but no luck. Did get close views of 1 Cooper’s Hawk and Wild E Coyote. Hawk was on a stop sign near overlook and coyote seen in northeast corner of park. Heard only 1 Brown Thrasher in tall grass, also Goldfinches, White-crowned Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow


Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Male American Kestrel

Red Tailed Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Northern Flicker

Great Blue Heron

White Crowned Sparrows

Carolina Wrens

Caught a quick glimpse of what I believe was the Palm Warbler reported earlier

 


Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Location: I71 at Red Bank Exit and Little Miami Forest

Reporter: john hill

Other observers: Dave Korner

8 Snow Geese passing over I71.

40+ Sandhill Cranes climbing from near the lake at Miami Whitewater  were harassed with aerial acrobatics by an Adult Bald Eagle, probably associated with the nest on The Great Miami River near the end of Nugent Rd.


Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Around  8 a.m  1 American Kestrel near the main shelter in small tree.

Also 1 GBH flying over the river.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow


Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers:

I had a Palm Warbler today around 3 pm, by itself in the weedy patch at the north end of the park separating the soccer fields from the loop path. Bright yellow under tail coverts, bobbing tail and slight rusty cap. Probably one of the same 3 birds reported by Dave Carr on the Cincinnati Xmas Count last weekend.


Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

There were 9 Short-eared Owls tonight.


Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

18 Sandhill Cranes flying moderately low over nature center/history center, loud unison calls

2 Female Northern Harriers

1 Great Horned Owl started calling around 5PM from within “Pine Plantation”

6 Red Head Ducks

11 Northern Shoveler

3 Gadwall

2 Killdeer

1 Great Blue Heron

Tons of mallards, geese, and a good amount of ringnecks.


Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

Location: Armleder, 10:45 AM

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

29 cranes in two flocks.


Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Airport (CVG)

Reporter: Jack Stenger

Other observers:

I saw 3 Short-eared Owls last night from Conner Rd., which is on the west side of the airport. The birds are distant and the area is difficult to access comfortably.  The birds came up at 5:45 and it was already too dark to see them below the horizon. I imagine there are a few more SEOW out there – CVG has a lot of grass, about 7x more than Lunken Airport.


Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

Location: Milford

Reporter: Aaron Sussell

Other observers: 1

A flock of 42 Sandhill Cranes flew 200-300 ft  over my house in downtown Milford at 9:30 a.m.  I was alerted to the fly-over by their calls, which I could hear faintly through my double-paned window. They circled over the Wallace Ave hill and then headed south. According to Asian tradition, the crane is a bird of good luck and long life – a good omen for the new year!


Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Penny Borgman

Other observers:

Over 175 Sandhill Cranes took off from Lodge Pond this morning at 8:30am.


Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Location: Mt. Washington

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Two flocks of Sandhill Cranes, about 50 in each flock flew over in Mt. Washington today around 5:00.


Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Location: Anderson Township

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

At about 4:10 p.m. flock of 70 Sandhill Cranes flew over my house heading towards Coney Island.


Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

16 Sandhill Cranes flyover around 10:30 am. Very high in the sky. Also 2 American Kestrels, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 3 Swamp Sparrows, 4 Field Sparrows


Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016

Location: Western Grebe @ Caesar Creek

Reporter: Les Houser

Other observers:

My son and I arrived at Harverysburg Road at 12:30 and started to scan the lake. Sighted the Grebe after about 3 minutes way off in the distance. Large bird with yellowish bill with black cap that extends below the eye. The bird was moving around quite a bit while feeding and when it came closer I was able to get a few diagnostic shots.

Western Grebe/ Caesar Creek S.P./ 1-3-2016


Date: Saturday, January 2, 2016

Location: Armeleder Park

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers:

Up to 8 Short-eared Owls tonight viewed from the path beyond the shelter to the river overlook.  The Owls started to appear north of the path after 5:45 pm, later than previous recent sightings, due the clear skies and a lighted sky later than previously due to clear skies.  The birds circled a bit and then flew south toward Lunken Airport singly or in scattered groups of two or more. About 11 Birders enjoyed this great sight.  With cloud cover, this flyout has occurred at or before 5:30 pm.


Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

Location: Brewer Coat & Kilby Road gravel pits

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers:

For those going for their “January 100,” the COMMON LOON that was found on the Brewer Coat gravel pit on the Cincy Xmas Count persists.

I also found a COMMON LOON on the Kilby Rd. gravel pit yesterday as well.

So you’ve got loons on either side of town.

See the Comments


Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

Location: Home, New Richmond, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

1 Palm Warbler hanging with pine siskins near my porch this morning.

See the Photos


Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

Location: Winton Woods

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

Female bufflehead at harbor

Bald eagle flyover at harbor

Carolina wren at the head of the kingfisher trail