Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016

Location: Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell KY

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

After a couple hours of waiting the female Common Redpoll showed up at the feeders at around 11:40. To my surprise, she was followed by another individual! For a total of TWO redpolls at once!

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Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Location: Highland Cemetery, Dixie Hwy, Ft. Wright, KY

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers:

Saw the Common Redpoll a little after noon. The friendly bearded birder who was there when we arrived (around 11:40 a.m.) told us they’d been watching for it for almost 3 1/2 hours with no sighting. Wish he’d stuck around another 20 minutes. We were there for over an hour yesterday afternoon with no luck. So it looks like it’s hit and miss (mostly miss).


Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Location: Evergreen Cemetery Fort Mitchell Ky.

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

Kirk Westendorf has been there most of the morning and NO Common Redpoll. I saw it yesterday at around 3:00 p.m. It was with a flock of Goldfinches.


Date: Friday, February 26, 2016

Location: Four Seasons

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Behind Marina ….3rd day in row Adult Bald Eagle perching sighted. Today 2nd Adult Eagle on a soaring/fly over also.
1 Pied-billed Grebe…. 4 Mallards 2M/2F, 3 Yellow-rumps.
Golf Ball Lake… 3 Northern Shovelers 2M/1F, 6 Scaups 4 M/2F, 1 Pied-billed, 1 Male Belted Kingfisher, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Mallards M/F

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Date: Friday, February 26, 2016

Location: Tanners Creek Fly Ash Pit/Petersburg Park

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

This evening there was a White-winged Scoter on the fly ash pit at the mouth of Tanner’s Creek on the Ohio River. The pit is in Indiana, but its viewable from Petersburg Park across the river in Kentucky. Scope needed. Other birds included 65+ Hooded Merganser, 2 Common Merganser, and 1 Common Goldeneye. Earlier this week there was a large flock of Redhead, Canvasback, and Ring-necked Ducks at this same location.


Date: Friday, February 26, 2016

Location: Highland Cemetery Fort Mitchell Ky.

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

Found the female COMMON REDPOLL this afternoon. Waited about 45 minutes for her to show up. When you enter the cemetery stay to the right. Do not go left into the old cemetery. Just past the maintenance building take the first road heading right. You will go down the hill, past a retention pond then start going back uphill. The feeders are on the right handside of the road. There is a small  parking space across from the feeders that will fit maybe 4 vehicles. It is a very nice feeding station with two suet feeders, two thistle feeders and one regular feeder. Be patient. After about 35 minutes a Yellow-rumped Warbler came to the suet feeder and I thought maybe the observer miss Id the bird. Then she showed up and fed for about five minutes on one of the thistle feeders.  Able to get many photos. Good luck.


Date: Friday, February 26, 2016

Location: Camp Dennison

Reporter: bob foppe

Other observers:

400 Redheads present the past two days along with 35 American Wigeon. Not uncommon for the time of year but otherwise the pits have become more and more unproductive.


Date: Friday, February 12, 2016

Location: Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell Ky

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

There is a report on the Kybird listserver of a  female Common Redpoll found on February 12,  at the thistle feeders in the back of the cemetery.  Might be worth checking out. The cemetery is right off I-75 at the Dixie Highway exit.


Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Location: Brookville Lake mud flats

Reporter: Bob Kopp

Other observers: Donna Kopp

Saw about 15 sandhill cranes dancing and displaying in a cornfield on Dunlapsville Road.  Didn’t see any more at the mud flats, but saw an adult and an immature bald eagle.


Date: Monday, February 22, 2016

Location: Muscatatuck and Ewing Bottoms, Indiana

Reporter: Lois Shadix

Other observers: Chris Moran

Sandhill Cranes seen by the many thousands in field off U.S. 50 just west of Muscatatuck. Largest groups that we have ever seen.  Heard and saw groups of Cranes flying over at the Refuge.  None left at Ewing Bottoms now. Let’s hope some make it thou Cincy soon.


Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers: Jeff Bilsky, 6 other birders who's names escape me

We only had 3 Short-eared Owls last night. Although we may have been distracted by the American Woodcock which flew in just a few feet from us on the path and started “peenting” well before twilight. By the time we left, there were at least 4 – 5 woodcock actively displaying around the park.


Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Location: Sheits Rd near Blue Rock Rd – Colerain Twp

Reporter: Tom Stettner

Other observers: Greg Vonder Meulen, Frank Vonder Meulen

this is a general report of Great Horned owls that seemed to have moved in last Fall season. Regularly, we hear the hoots of a pair. The sounds of the male and female are quite distinctive and easily identified between the genders.


Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016

Location: Sheits Rd near Blue Rock Rd

Reporter: Tom Stettner

Other observers:

2 Hawks making a screeching racket across the road. Out of that racket, flew this huge Bald Eagle. I was astounded. It flew down the road until out of sight.


Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016

Location: Felicity

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers:

First American Woodcocks displaying in the field across from my house starting at 6:38 tonight.


Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016

Location: Brown County Rural Water Association

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers:

Adult Bald Eagle on the nest


Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016

Location: Ohio River at Bullskin Run

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers:

First Eastern Meadowlark of the year and an adult Bald Eagle


Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Location: Muscatatuck & Ewing Bottoms Indiana

Reporter: John Hines

Other observers:

Sandhill Cranes are starting to make their appearance in Indiana. Seen several large flocks flying overhead at Muscatatuck. Seen couple hundred or so in field off US 50 just west of Muscatatuck. There was also a large group at Ewing Bottoms.


Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Location: Lower Little Miami River Valley

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers: 15 Bird Club field trip participants

The Cincinnati Bird Club field trip to spots along the lower Little Miami River started at the Four Seasons Marina, near the confluence of the Little Miami and Ohio Rivers. The trip was focused on finding migrating waterbirds at several spots along the Little Miami. While the morning started out slow, by the end of the trip we had a pretty respectable list.

Of note was the fact that there seemed to be a noticeable movement of both Common Goldeneyes and Killdeer recently. We had Killdeer at almost every stop along the way and Goldeneye at 3 locations. The Greater White-fronted Goose at Armleder was a treat.

Four Seasons/Rivertowne/Shelter Cover: Canada Goose – 8, Great Blue Heron – 1, Pied-bill Grebe – 1, Ring-billed Gull – 15, American Tree Sparrow – 6, American Goldfinch – 1, Song Sparrow – 1, European Starling – 10

California Woods Golf Course: Mourning Dove – 1

MSD Settling Pond: Killdeer – 1, Northern Cardinal – 2, Red-winged Blackbird – 1, European Starling – 15

Lunken Airport: American Kestrel – 1, Coopers Hawk – 1, Blue Jay – 1, Mourning Dove – 1

Armleder: Greater White-fronted Goose – 1, Canada Goose – 100, Wood Duck – 4, American Wigeon – 2, American Black Duck – 1, Mallard – 37, Northern Pintail – 5, Green-winged Teal – 10, Redhead – 10, Ring-necked Duck – 12, Turkey Vulture – 1, Northern Harrier – 1, Killdeer – 6, Mourning Dove – 5, Short-eared Owl – 1, Belted Kingfisher – 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3, Downy Woodpecker – 5, American Crow – 2, Horned Lark – 1, Carolina Chickadee – 11, Tufted Titmouse – 5, White-breasted Nuthatch – 1, Carolina Wren – 4, American Robin – 10, European Starling – 20, American Tree Sparrow – 3, White-crowned Sparrow – 10, Song Sparrow – 9, Northern Cardinal – 4, Red-winged Blackbird – 2
* ducks were all seen in the flooded “bean field”

Brewer Cote Gravel Pit: Canada Goose – 8, Common Goldeneye – 3, Ruddy Duck – 11, Black Vulture – 2, Turkey Vulture – 2, Cooper’s Hawk – 1, American Coot – 1, Belted Kingfisher – 1, Carolina Chickadee – 2, American Robin – 3, Northern Mockingbird – 1, Dark-eyed Junco – 5, White-throated Sparrow – 4, Song Sparrow – 2, Northern Cardinal – 2

Newtown Gravel Pit: Canada Goose – 8, Hooded Merganser – 3, Common Goldeneye – 2, Killdeer – 4, Ring-billed Gull – 9, Red-tailed hawk – 1, Turkey Vulture – 1

After the field trip ended Jeff Bilsky and I headed up to Camp Dennison and found a few more ducks.

Camp Dennison Gravel Pits: Canada Goose – 150, American Wigeon – 12, Redhead – 35, Ring-necked Duck – 1, Lesser Scaup – 3, Common Goldeneye – 3, Ruddy Duck – 1, Turkey Vulture – 3, American Coot – 18, Killdeer –1, Ring-billed Gull – 8, Mourning Dove – 1, Blue Jay – 2, Carolina Chickadee – 3, Eastern Bluebird – 1, Northern Mockingbird – 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1, Dark-eyed Junco – 3, White-throated Sparrow – 10, Northern Cardinal – 8


Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Location: Armleder Park

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers: (12) Miami Valley Audubon Field Trip Participants

Highlights: Greater White-fronted Goose, Red-headed Woodpecker, Short-eared Owl

Full list: Canada Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Killdeer, Short-eared Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, European Starling, Yellow-rumpled Warbler, Northern Cardinal, American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch
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Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Location: Caesar Creek Wetland

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Tree Swallow flying south at the nesting boxes near the parking lot. Early Bird! Also a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, 3 Red-shouldered Hawks, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, 6 Turkey Vultures, 1 Black Vulture, 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 3 more Red-shouldered Hawks above fossil area and more Bluebirds heard.

 


Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers: 12 Bird Club field trip participants

Quick update that we had a Greater White-fronted Goose in the flooded “bean field” this morning on the Bird Club field trip I led.


Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Flocks of Song, Tree and White-crowned Sparrows and 1 Fox Sparrow near the mowed path Shelter #2. …..
2 Red-shoulders Juvenile, Many Redwing Blackbirds flocking near the river 90% Female the rest mostly Juvenile Males. 11 Goldeneyed Ducks in the Little Miami 9F/2M.

Eastern Phoebe, 2 Belted Kingfishers and a Barred Owl near the Canoe Launch.

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Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Flocks of Song, Tree and White-crowned Sparrows near the mowed path Shelter #2. ….. 4 Fox Sparrows on the drive to the Canoe Launch, 2nd day in a row I’ve seen Eastern Phoebe there. Large flock of mostly female Redwing Blackbirds, small number of Juvenile males and a few sing adult males. 1 Juvenile Red-shoulder third day in a row in the same spot.

Bean Lake, it’s flooded now, Adult Bald Eagle on a fly over, hundreds of Canada Geese, dozens of Mallards and one Male Northern Pintail hanging w/ them. 1 Eastern Phoebe by the Overlook Bench.


Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Location: Four Seasons

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

2 Bald Eagles and 2 Red Tailed Hawks. Brief altercation between 1 of the eagles and 1 of the hawks over a prized landing spot in a tree to far right end of marina. Eagles split and 1 flew towards Lunken and out of sight

1 Kingfisher

2 Great Blue Heron

Mallards and Canada Geese

 

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Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Location: United American Cemetery

Reporter: Kirk Westendorf

Other observers:

1 Brown Thrasher

The overwintering bird was seen and heard again Tuesday evening. I hadn’t observed it in a month but it seems to be the same healthy bird.


Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Location: East Fork

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

10 Common Mergansers-9 male-1 female observed from visitors center boat launch ramp at 4:40 pm .Beach had hundreds of RBG and a few Herrings.While I was at the south  beach, four of the Mergansers flew up the lake towards the camping/mud beach.


Date: Monday, February 15, 2016

Location: Fallsville Wildlife Area

Reporter: jeff gandert

Other observers: Sister Jenny Gandert and Ann Geise

In route to Fallsville started with one of several Red Shouldered Hawks in juvenile plumage and several scatterings of roadside Horned Larks. Arriving at Fallsville entrance we found a small flight of Savannah Sparrows feeding in roadside grasses. Gorgeous birds, we watched them for 15 minutes. From there highlights were Tree, White-Crowned, White-Throated, and Song Sparrows. Towhees, Juncos, a number of Red-Tails and one cooperative Sharp-Shinned Hawk. A great place for a bird hike this time of year. On the return trip we found a nice flight of Horned Larks which we watched feeding in corn stubble for some time. A great day! Photos on my website- jeffgandert.com and go to Field Sketches page.


Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Location: Fernald, Ross Gravel Pits

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

Waterfowl movement is starting to pick up. At Fernald, everything was either on Lodge Pond or the tiny open corner of Weapons to Wetlands Pond.
Fernald:
40+ Canada Goose
2 Mute Swan
184 Gadwall
12 American Wigeon
4 American Black Duck
76 Mallard
6 Green-winged Teal
6 Canvasback
74 Redhead
236 Ring-necked Duck
11 Lesser Scaup
3 Bufflehead
2 Hooded Merganser

Times like this, late in the season with significant ice cover can be very interesting to watch feeding behaviors. All of the feeding divers (today it was Redhead and Ring-necked Duck) were crowded around the very edge of the small hole in the ice and apparently diving under the ice sheet, while the dabblers (almost exclusively Gadwall, but also a few Wigeon and Black Duck) wait for them to resurface and try to steal their food, (mostly vegetation). With over 100 birds involved at times, I would guess its a pretty good indicator they’re hitting the limits of their food supplies in the small pockets of water that have been open the longest this winter. Its definitely interesting to watch, and something I usually only see when we have late winter ice cover.

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11 Bufflehead
1 Common Goldeneye

Welsh Gravel Pit (across from Stricker’s Grove)
30+ Canada Goose
2 Mallard
3 Common Goldeneye


Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Location: Covington Ky. riverfront

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

There were 6 Redhead Ducks  along with Mallards, Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls.

There were three Ruddy Ducks near the mouth of the Licking River, two males and one female.


Date: Monday, February 15, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons Marina

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Very Foggy. Canada Geese ~50 in Soccer Field.

Marina ……3 Crows, 3 Great Blue Herons, 2 Flocks of 3 dozen or more Robins wires are covered there., Flock of 18 Herring Gulls of all ages and 9 Ring-bills.

Flock of ~50 Ring-billed Gulls in Fuel Depot Area, 6 Mallards, 1 Pied Grebe, Red-tail Juvenile.

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Date: Monday, February 15, 2016

Location: Magrish Riverlands Preserve

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Almost got stuck in the lot as it hasn’t been plowed. Someone is feeding the Birds and Fox Squirrels around the first two conifers in the Parking Lot. LOTS of feeding going on there because of the snow cover.

Seen from the car. Male and Female Towhees, M/F Cardinals, M and F Northern Flicker, M Red-belly, 3 F Yellow Rumps, 7 Blue Jays, 4 Mourning Doves, Flocks of Chickadees, Robins, White-throated Sparrows and Tits, 3 Crows, 5 Tree Sparrows, Adult Coopers hit a Sparrow on the ground and headed for the River. POOF! Empty for the 10 more minutes I stayed.


Date: Monday, February 15, 2016

Location: Burnet Woods, Mount Airy Forest, Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Burnet Woods: 1 Barred Owl, 1 Coopers Hawk, 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Carolina Wrens and many Northern Cardinals, Downy and Red Belly Woodpeckers

Mount Airy Forest: 1 Barred Owl, 3 Northern Flickers, Red Belly and Downys were also in abundance

Fernald Preserve: 1 Barred Owl,  1 Red Tailed Hawk, 3 Female Northern Harriers, 5 Northern Flickers, 2 Mute Swans. Lodge Pond was filled with Shovelers, Mallards, Red Heads, Gadwall, and Ring Necks


Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016

Location: Clermont County backyard near Ohio river

Reporter: fran kidd

Other observers: Richard Kidd

We have a part albino Cardinal at out feeders. He’s quite lovely. I call him grandpa. Head is white but crest and beak are red. Body is white with blackish gray thru it. Wing tips and tail red but there are 2 outer white feathers on tail edges.

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Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today Eastern Phoebe and Yellow-rumped Warbler associating along the river near the canoe launch again. Also Bald Eagle was seen again along with Sharp-shinned Hawk. 2 American Kestrels, 2 Red-tailed Hawks


Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Location: Magrish Riverlands Preserve

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Yellow-rumped Warblers calling and bumping around in about all sections of the park. Several flocks of Chickadees. Flock of 24 or more Robins. 5 Blue Jays, 1 Pileated Woodpecker visible from Parking Lot and one drumming/calling from across the Little Miami. Two flocks of 20 or more White-throated Sparrows. One flock mixed Tan and White Stripes.

1 Hermit Thrush on Parking Lot grass.

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Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Location: Hueston Woods State Park

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

1 Blue Morph Snow Goose, 1 Greater White-fronted Goose, and several Cackling geese have been hanging out in a group of Canada geese on the beach for a couple days. A Tundra Swan was also present since Friday morning but I was unable to relocate it today.

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Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Walked park from 10:30 to 12:30

An Eastern Phoebe along the river just above the canoe launch! The bird was hawking standing water on the ice. I stood behind a tree and the Phoebe landed very close to me. A Yellow-rumped Warbler came out of no where and was near the Phoebe. Also an adult Bald Eagle over the canoe launch soaring away.

Sharp-shinned Hawk at the bean field. Large numbers of variety of birds feeding on the ground along trail to bean field.  Belted Kingfisher, 1 Ring-billed Gull flyover, several Mallards in the river bend.

1 American Kestrel on wires near Hangar 4


Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Location: Yard in Hidden Valley, IN

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers:

The cold weather has brought a lot more to our feeders. We have lots of Goldfinch, about 8 Pine Siskins, Juncos (Slate colored and Cassiar (see picture below)), White-throated and Song Sparrows, Cardinals, Downies, Harries, Red-bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mourning Doves, House Finch, (still hoping for Purple), Starlings and squirrels.

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Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers: (4) CNC bird walk participants

Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, American Crow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Carolina Wren


Date: Friday, February 12, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today from 10 to 12:15  2 American Kestrels, 1 on small trees as you enter park and the other beautiful Kestrel hunting from small tree in north field. Flew from one tree to another with customary tail wagging after landing  and showing striking reddish colors on the tail. Also 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 5 Eastern Bluebirds, flock of 20-30 Horned Larks in flight near main shelter, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 1 Great Blue Heron, several groups of mix: Chickadees, Cardinals, C Wrens, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows, Titmice, WB Nuthatch, Downy Woodpeckers.    Blackbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Crows, groups of Canada Geese in bean field, Mallard


Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Location: New Richmond riverfront

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

The 1 Greater White-fronted Goose remains. Also 1 flyover American Pipit, 1 immature Bald Eagle at eye level. The ducks & geese didn’t even flinch as it was pretty low.


Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Location: Magrish Riverlands Preserve

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Robyn

In the Parking Lot.
15 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Blue Jays, 5 Crows, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, flock of Chickadees.

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Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Location: Miami Meadows

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

this is not really a sighting only an interesting act of a play.Two Canada’s got into a bully fight,bills locked and wings flailing on the little open water.As soon as the commotion got very vocal, all the birds stopped and gathered around the combatants.Even the Ringed Bills flew over and joined in observing the contest.They tussled in and out of the water for 5 or 6 rounds as the flocks gathered around closer and closer.Not sure if a winner was declared but when it was over, all parties seemed satisfied.Just thought I would share this.


Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016

Location: Glenwood Gardens

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

Eastern bluebird, American tree sparrow, white-throated sparrow (black stripe and tan stripe variants), red-tailed hawk, mockingbird, turkey vulture, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, northern flicker.


Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Location: Gilmore Ponds

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Walked the loop on Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30

1 Red-shouldered Hawk

1 Cooper’s Hawk

Several American Tree Sparrows, Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows

1 Brown-headed Cowbird

1 Herring Gull

Coots

Tons of Canada Geese, Mallards

Today at Kelley Nature Preserve a Hermit Thrush in the fresh snow!


Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Location: Hawley Rd. Clermont Cty

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers:

30 Horned Larks, 3 Lapland Longspurs along the road.


Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Feeder at north side of Powel Crosley Lake near Bridge has the usual feeder suspects, Tits, Cardinals, White-throated Sparrows, Nuthatch, House Finch. Goldfinch, etc.
AND 7 Pine Siskin and a Male and Female Purple Finch. Male was hanging back and never hit the feeder but easily recognized among the House Finch Males.

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Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

10AM-1:00PM

Bean ‘Lake’ had over a hundred Canada Geese, 6 Mallards, some Redhead Ducks, 15 Ring-billed Gulls and 1 Herring Gull in the corn field on the far side of what was the Bean Field.
Near side. Murder of Crows flushed out a Red-tailed Hawk.  1 Great Horned Owl harassed and chased out by a Red-shouldered Hawk. (GHOW) was seen there again at dusk.

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2 Flocks of Chickadees. M/F Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Tits flitting around everywhere.
Red-tailed Hawk flyover at Shelter #2. Fields near there full of Tree and White-crowned Sparrows.
2 Belted Kingfishers at Canoe Launch, 1 Northern Flicker.
Connector Bridge to Gravel Road is flooded but woods there full of Yellow-rumps. Male and Female. 1 Red-shouldered hawk.


Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Location: Various (Merlin Census)

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Bill Zimmerman, 32 field participants and section leaders

This afternoon, the Cincinnati Bird Club embarked on the “first that we know of” Cincinnati Merlin Census of the city’s urban greenspaces and surrounding areas. We fielded 16 parties with 32 participants covering 26 different locations around Cincinnati. Our original focus was to cover the urban core of the city, where several locations have long histories of wintering Merlins such as Old and New St. Joseph Cemeteries and Spring Grove Cemetery. Other locations around these spots have also produced birds in the past, so our goal was to get an approximate figure for just how many Merlins are moving back and forth between these pockets of greenspace. Was it just one or two that make the rounds around town, or was there one at every property? Once our 8 main focus areas were covered, we expanded outward to the Little Miami River Valley, Northern Kentucky and other locations based on our member’s interests. Survey times were from 3pm – 5pm in an effort to get birds coming into night roosts. Afterwards, we all met at a local establishment to tally our finds.

A google map of the surveyed locations can be found here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z6zfKMbqPiMY.kf_ZOg2LG8m4&usp=sharing

Here are our results for Merlins and other raptors during the tally. Merlin was the only species that we made a significant effort to identify individually (time first observed – time last observed, behavior, age, gender, anything else individually identifiable).

37 Black Vulture
24 Turkey Vulture
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
4 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Accipiter sp.
6 Red-shouldered Hawk
29 Red-tailed Hawk
1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
8 Merlin
1 at St. Mary’s Cemetery from 3:00-4:08pm
1 at Old St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:40–4:42pm
1 at New St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:35-5:00pm
2 at Spring Gove Cemetery, one from 4:05-4:27pm and another at 4:08pm
1 at the Newtown Gravel Pits 4:50-4:51pm
1 at Highland Cemetery at 5:10pm (Kenton Co. KY)
1 at Evergreen Cemetery from 3:55-4:00pm (Campbell Co. KY).

Within our original scope of the Cincinnati urban core, 5 total birds were counted. 2 more were in Northern Kentucky, and another in the Little Miami River Valley. Using times, age, gender, photos, and other individually identifiable information, we have a very high degree of confidence that all of these are individual birds. In addition to the 8 we counted today, the California Woods golf course had one on Thursday that is likely another individual, and Arlington Cemetery recorded one during the Western Hamilton CBC 5 weeks ago, but that bird has not been reported since. There were also recent Northern Kentucky reports from CVG airport and along I-275, two locations not surveyed today.

Special thanks to co-organizer Bill Zimmerman and all of our section leaders: Ned Keller, Kathy McDonald, Josh Eastlake, Kathi Hutton, Jack Stenger, Steve Pelikan, Bill Stanley, Joe Bens, Mark Gilsdorf, Jeff Bilsky, Jay Stenger, Gale Wulker, Eric Burkholder, Kirk Westendorf, Rodney Crice, Bill Hull and Jim Rettig. Also thanks to all of our participants who helped with the count.


Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

At Various Ponds:

Bufflehead

Redhead

Ring neck duck

Gadwall

American wigeon

Canvasback (1)

Great blue heron

Coot

Canada goose

Mallard

Around Welcome Center:

Eastern bluebird

Northern harrier

Along hickory trail:

White-crowned sparrow

White-throated sparrow

American tree sparrow

Carolina chickadee

Northern cardinal

Down woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

 


Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Location: Fernald and Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today at Fernald 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Belted Kingfishers, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Turkey Vulture, White-throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, 3 Eastern Bluebirds near visitor center and heard several on walk around Hickory Trail. I don’t recommend this trail. Blackbirds, Towhee, Chickadee, Titmouse, C Wren, Blue Jay, Crow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Cardinal, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard  Yesterday am at Armleder closed to cars. Saw several Canada Geese and Mallards, other smaller waterfowl in flooded area near bean field. 1 Large Red-tailed Hawk in trees above CG’s. 1 American Kestrel, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, 7 Downy Woodpeckers, 8 Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker,


Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons

Reporter: Ethan Rising

Other observers: Liz Rising

Greater White-Fronted Goose was still at 4 Seasons Marina when we left. It was on the right hand side (or soccer-field side) of the actual marina. It was a with a flock of about 20 Canada Geese. I was surprised to see the size difference between the bird and the Canada Geese.


Date: Friday, February 5, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons and Otto Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

1 Bald Eagle sitting in a tree across from the Marina.  40+ Ring Billed Gulls. 3 Great Blue Herons opposite side of marina, keeping their distance.

On the way to Armleder I spotted a Male Kestrel watching over one of the fields at Lunken Airport perched on a telephone pole.

Armleder is open.  Beanfield remains flooded and filled with Ring Billed Gulls, Geese, and Crows.  There were easily 50 gulls in the field and flying up and down the river. I was able to locate both the Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl (which I missed but the crows helped me locate)

 


Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Location: California Golf Course

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

Found one Merlin eating dinner at 3:30 p.m.  It was in a dying  tree near the parking lot and water works lake, and next to a paved golf path. Probably the same one reported during the Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count in December. It is a darker bird than the one I saw at Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday.


Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Little Miami looks like the Ohio River….5′ from overflowing the bank in spots.

Bean Field is now Bean Lake. You need at least 1500mm for a good look.
Tons of Canada Geese and a few pairs of Mallards, 1 Ring-neck Duck, American Kestrel is working the water, Beaver just down from the overlook.

Lunken Connector was closed due to high water.


Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Of note:  American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Am. Pipit, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, Killdeer.


Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Location: 4 Seasons Marina

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

3 Redhead Ducks, 3 Mallards, 50+ Canada Geese, 1 Great Blue Heron……….. at Golf Ball Lake

30 Canada Geese, 12 Ring-bill Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Great Blue Herons…… Marina


Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 American Kestrel 1 Red-tailed Hawk, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Crow, Towhee, several Goldfinches, House Finch, Chickadee, C Wren, Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, N Flicker, WB Nuthatch, Canada Geese


Date: Monday, February 1, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Flocks of Tree Sparrows, 5 Tufted Titmice, 2 White-crowned Sparrows, 1 Immature Cooper’s Hawk and in the Beanfield 1 Blue Morph Snow Goose, 4 White Morph Snow Geese, 2 Ross’s Geese.


Date: Monday, February 1, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: many

There were 7 Short-eared Owls and one displaying Woodcock tonight.   Possibly the same Woodcock that was displaying on January 8 before the cold air arrived.


Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Location: Ripley County Indiana (3 miles from Delaware)

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers: Chris Clingman

WOODCOCKS! Two displaying Sunday night at Mom’s. Love these first signs of spring!

We’ll have to check tonight at Crooked Run. I’m sure they were dancing there last night too since they’re already at Mom’s.