Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Nancy Etter

Other observers: Ken Etter

At the second platform on the right as you enter the preserve (overlook site), a male and female brown thrasher were spotted near a nest being built.  The nest is on a shrub right beside the platform on the end closest to the road.   They flew up to the nest once, so I’m assuming it was their nest, although I don’t know much about nests.  Too bad it is so close to where people will be walking.


Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

There were 5 Pectoral Sandpiper, 5 Wilson’s Snipe and 3 Killdeer in the bean field. Only 3 American Woodcock displaying tonight.  Two FOY Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew over heading towards the north retention pond.

No Short-eared Owl this week. There was one last Friday night.

 

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Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jonathan Frodge

Other observers:

From about 6:45 to 8 yesterday evening –
~80 Wood Ducks, mostly drakes
1 female Hooded Merganser
~30 Mallards, even mix of sexes
1 N. Harrier
1 E. Phoebe

Incidental sighting from 3/30 around 7:15 am at my home –
1 FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Although these winter in the region (I did have one in January in Camp Dennison) this is almost certainly an early migrant.


Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Location: Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Little Turtle Trail hike  Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, pair of Pileated Woodpeckers on same tree, heard only a Great Horned Owl hooting, 2 Zebra Swallowtails, 4 American Painted Ladies    Miami Whitewater Wetland hiked around wetland  Common Grackle, Tree Swallow, Goldfinch,  Coots, Shovelers, CG, 1 Pie-billed Grebe, Blue-winged Teal, flushed a Woodcock, Eastern Phoebe, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks  Fernald  they were burning the hill on the east side of preserve today, spotted 3 immature Bald Eagles flying low over northwest part of preserve then seen soaring high later in clouds of smoke from fire. I could hear the hillside burning and the wind blowing the flames. also Kestrel, GBH, Lesser Scaup, Pie-billed Grebe.


Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Location: Gilmore ponds

Reporter: Gary Becker

Other observers:

quite a bit of variety in a short period ..pair of wood ducks were the highlight for me..add a pair of what I think we’re ringnecks, plus the great blue herons and cormorants in the rookery.  Pretty nice evening walk.


Date: Sunday, March 27, 2016

Location: Adams County

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other observers: Kathy McDonald

Pine Warblers singing Saturday and Sunday a few miles south of Lynx, and Louisiana Waterthrush at Abner Hollow on Sunday. Lots of Tiger Swallowtails, along with several Zebras, a few Duskywings (probably Juvenal’s, but I didn’t get a good look), and others that have been back for a while.


Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Location: Backyard in Hidden Valley Lake, IN

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers:

Had a Common Redpoll at our thistle feeder for a surprise, albeit short, visit yesterday. First saw it around 5:30 p.m. and came in 3 times over the course of an hour. Have not seen it again since. The pics and video were shot through the window so the quality is not as good as it could be.

 


Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Location: Crooked Run

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

5 TV’s and an immature eagle soaring as we pulled in. 2 Brown Thrashers at the woods entrance. Pied-billed Grebe and feeding Female Belted Kingfisher on the estuary. From the blind watched her and 4 adult River Otters for over a half hour.
5 Bluebirds in the woods near the Ohio River. Two GB Herons landed in the trees on the bank for a few minutes.


Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Location: Afton, Clermont County

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers:

The 2 Barnacle Geese have returned to the parking lot pond at Milacron.


Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Location: Gilmore Ponds

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

Egrets have started to return to the rookery! There was one preparing a nesting area among ~35 Great Blue Herons and ~25 Cormorants. Other highlights in the area include a Purple Martin flying among the Tree Swallows in front of the rookery, 2 Eastern Meadowlarks calling in the field behind the rookery, and 12 Pectoral Sandpipers in the flooded field at Ellis Lake Wetlands.


Date: Friday, March 25, 2016

Location: Little MIami South of beechmont

Reporter: john hill

Other observers:

2 adult Bald Eagles, we’re still on nest.


Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Immature Bald Eagle feeding on the ground in the Bean Field.
Flew into a tree and another joined it.

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Mixed flock of Green-winged Teal and Mallards on the small pond left there.

 


Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Location: East Fork Park

Reporter: john hill

Other observers:

The Bald Eagle Nest at East Fork Lake now has 1 maybe 2 chicklets.


Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Robyn

Brutally windy so stayed to the lake paths.

Feeders had the usual mix of Tits, Chicks, Goldfinches, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, White-throated Sparrows, Downys and House Finches. Saw 1 Pine Sisken. No Purple Finches.

7 Eastern Phoebe in 5 spots around the lake. M/F Downys and a Northern Flicker, 2 Mallards and 9 CG on the lake.

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Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Met 3 Birders as I worked the Bean Field and park.

Mowed Soccer Field ………..Flocks of Starlings, RW Blackbirds, Robins, 2 Meadowlarks, 1 Killdeer

At the Bean Field.
Small flock of Green-winged Teal, mostly Male. CG, 2 Belted Kingfishers, 1 GBHeron, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 3 Killdeer, 3 Eastern Phoebe, 4 Carolina Wrens, usual mix of Downys and Red-bellies, Tits, Robins and Chicks.

Canoe Launch…. many White-crowned Sparrows, Mature and First Year. Robins,  Tits, Cardinals, 3 TV Flyover.

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Date: Monday, March 21, 2016

Location: Batavia and Union Twp.

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

Today at the property where I keep my horse on Greenbriar in the East Fork vicinity I noticed that the Chipping Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlarks are back.

For the last few days, I have seen female Red-Winged Blackbirds at my feeders at home.  Males have been here for about a month.


Date: Monday, March 21, 2016

Location: Caesar Creek

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Wetland area: 2 American Kestrels, Eastern Bluebird, Field Sparrow, Crows, Turkey Vulture, Eastern Phoebe, WB Nuthatch, Titmouse.  Clarksville road cell tower spotted 2 Ospreys, one landed on tower and then both flew off together. Boat ramp near beach, a pair of Horned Grebes, 1 Common Loon, beach several Ring-billed Gulls, CG, Killdeer, Bonaparte’s Gulls flying around lake.  Gorge Trail: a mix along the trail, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Creeper, Eastern Bluebird, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, WB Nuthatch.  Red-shouldered Hawk heard near fossil area, Song Sparrow, lots of Turkey Vultures, White-throated Sparrow.  Beautiful day to be outside.


Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 very loud Brown Thrasher singing on the first day of spring, in the pine forest along the Hickory Trail. Also Eastern Bluebird, Brown Creeper, Eastern Meadowlark, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Pileated Woodpecker, White-throated Song and Field Sparrow, Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbird, Goldfinch, C Wren, Tree Swallow, 11 Blue-winged Teals,  1 Bufflehead flying around Lodge pond, 1 Mute Swan, Ring-necked Duck, 2 GBH, Canada Geese, 3 Deer


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Location: East Fork North Boat Launch Ramp

Reporter: John Landon

Other observers:

A seemingly happy Common Loon in breeding plumage .I’d with 8X bins.No signs of the AWP previously posted😥


Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

There is an American Woodcock displaying in the mowed grass next to the bike path. Since he doesn’t start until the first star comes out you only see a dark shape moving in the grass. Sometimes he is only two feet away from the paved bike path. You can get about twenty five feet from him and can see him with binoculars. Also have been able to see his dispaly in the air, especially on cloudy days. When he comes down its seems that he is going to hit you because he is that close. If he goes up on the left side he comes down on the right side.  His display area is near the  first stop signs on the East- West path  coming from the shelterhouse. Location that everybody waited for the Short- eared Owls. There are also two other Woodcock in this area. Remember to give him space. If you try to get to close he will fly away. Saw him on March 14, 16 and 18.

There is still one Short-eared Owl in the park. It is the large one that is white under the wings. Also had at least one Wilson’s Snipe fly over.


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Location: Gilmore MetroPark (formerly Gilmore Ponds)

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers: Mike Busam

Mike Busam and I met for the Cincinnati Bird Club outing today at Gilmore Ponds. It rained on and off, but not to much to make us uncomfortable or keep us from birding. Good numbers of ducks were around including some Wood Ducks. The Great-blue Herons are back on the nests and Double-crested Cormorants were perched on branches in the rookery. We watched a cormorant hold its tail in the air, head up and flip its wings out and back to its side. “Birds of North America” describe this action as wing waving and it is a behavior that the male uses to impress the female for mating. More signs of spring. We also had large flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers in the willows and some Eastern Phoebes. Despite the threat of rain all morning it turned out to be a great day of birding.

Gilmore MetroPark (formerly Gilmore Ponds), Butler, Ohio, US
Mar 19, 2016 8:04 AM – 10:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
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Comments:
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34 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 6
Gadwall 20
Mallard 30
Blue-winged Teal 6
Northern Shoveler 30
Green-winged Teal 3
Ring-necked Duck 15
Greater Scaup 4
Bufflehead 4
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 5 We watched one cormorant hold its tail up and head down and flip its wings out and then back by its side. Another cormorant was close by but didn’t appear to pay attention.
Great Blue Heron 25
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 50
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 35
European Starling 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 30
Field Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 15
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
American Goldfinch 28

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Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

At 11:30am-12 noonish, I had 3 American White Pelicans soaring above the beach.  They never put down on the water.  They headed south out of sight.  Pics obtained.

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Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016

Location: Gilmore Ponds

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Nesting activity in full swing at the GB Heron Colony. Counted 23 GBH. Also mixed in the Colony were 4 Double-crested Cormorant.
Dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds, Robins, Mallards and Canada Geese, 8 Shovelers, 7 Wood Ducks, 13 Blue-winged Teal, 4 American Coots, 1 Bald Eagle fly over, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk.
1 Fox Sparrow, 7 Field Sparrows, 3 Yellow-Rumps, 3 Northern Flickers.

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Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016

Location: Felicity

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers:

FOY Purple Martin scout returned to my colony tonight. This is 8 days earlier than my previous early date of March 25.


Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

1 FOS Osprey flyover high.


Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Amber, Janelle

Bean Field 2 dozen or so Mallards and Canada Geese, 1 Lesser Scaup,  5 Green-winged and 7 Blue-winged Teal, 6 Wood Ducks, 1 Bald Eagle, 3 Turkey Vultures


Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Location: Mason backyard

Reporter: stephanie johantges

Other observers:

Downy, red-bellied and a hairy woodpecker all in one night!


Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Early Afternoon at the Beanfield  5 Carolina Wrens, 2 Shovelers, 20+ Mallards, 4 Wood Ducks, 4 Green-winged Teal, M/F Gadwall, dozens of Canada Geese, Bald Eagle flyover.
Canoe Launch Parking area…. 1 Turkey Vulture feeding, 5 Song Sparrows, 1 Immature White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Vesper Sparrow

 

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Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Location: Burnet Woods

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Great list today at Burnet Woods 330-545pm

2 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Mallards, 2 Red Shouldered Hawks, 1 Adult Male Coopers Hawk, 1 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 4 Male Red Winged Blackbirds, 50+ Robins, 1 Barred Owl, 7 Red Bellied Woodpeckers, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 2 Carolina Wren, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 8 Northern Cardinals, 50+ Tufted Titmouse


Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Location: Hilliard, Ohio

Reporter: michele dukes

Other observers: J.kidd

1 female Bufflehead in our pond


Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Woodcocks roding just behind the main shelter in the tall grass. Very little light. I saw one fly away and the bird starting making the peenting sound across the field. 2 GBH flyovers, lots of Field, White-crowned, White-throated Sparrows heard and seen.


Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Of note:  1 FOS Pectoral Sandpiper on sidewalk at beach this morning.


Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Location: Fernald (and my backyard)

Reporter: stephanie johantges

Other observers: Aric Johantges, Bob & Donna Kopp

Buffleheads

Scaups (not sure which)

Ring Necks

Coots

Northern Shovelers

Readheads

Gadwalls

American Widgeon

Phoebe

Eastern Meadowlarks

RW Blackbirds

Killdeer

There’s a Pileated Woodpecker nesting in a sycamore near the Bone Yard. It’s about 5-10 fee before the entrance to the Bone Yard, on the right-hand side, if you’re approaching from the parking lot. Photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/Pi8DMyoF4f4ch2Hu5

And at my house, FOS Brown-Headed Cowbird

 


Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Very foggy when I arrived. 4 Wilson’s Snipes, Eastern Bluebird,  Field Sparrow, Killdeer, several Tree Swallows, Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Redhead, 2 pairs of Bufflehead at blind, Great Blue Heron, American Wigeon, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, 1 Common Goldeneye at Lodge pond, Mallard, Mockingbird,  Canada Geese, 1 CG sitting on top of grass bales along roadside. A big nest!    Dark-eyed Junco at my backyard feeder eating what the squirrels left on the deck.


Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Sean

Bean Field is rapidly flooding. One continuous lake now. Viewed from 9:30-Noon…heavy fog early.
Immature Red-shoulder as I entered Overlook, 9 Buffleheads, 5 Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 4 Wood Ducks, 3 American Coots, 6 Green-winged Teal, M/F Gadwall, 3 dozen or so Canada Geese,

GB Heron landed in the trees across the field/lake.


Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Steve, Mark

Beanfield about 11 AM.
Couple of dozen Canada Geese… brief sighting of Greater White-fronted. 18 Mallards, others hiding in the corn stubble.
4 Male and 3 Female Gadwalls and 2 Female Ring-necked Ducks.
A pair (M/F) of Hooded Mergansers dropped in for about 30 seconds.


Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Location: Covington Riverfront around 2:00 p.m

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

Adult Laughing Gull was seen for about 5 minutes as it flew upstream  on the Ohio River to the Licking River then turned around and flew downstream under the Suspension Bridge and out of sight. We stayed an extra 30 minutes hoping for it to return but no such luck.

It was a large black headed Gull, about the size of a Ring-billed Gull. Its flight was strong and steady. Had a black head, red bill,and eye ring. The wings had completely black tips with no white in the tips. Unfortunately no good photos were obtained. The best photo shows the black wing tips.


Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

2 Tree Swallows flying over the nesting boxes past the first stop sign on bike trail. 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 2 Wood Ducks


Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Location: Armleder Park

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

Male green-winged teal, female ring-necked duck, 2 male wood ducks, tree swallow


Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

Location: Summit Park, Blue Ash

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers:

Tree Swallow


Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers: 12 birders on the Saturday CNC bird walk

Twelve birders showed up for the Saturday CNC bird walk and birds are showing up. We started out with a Chipping Sparrow singing in a tree by the entrance. Then a Tree Swallow was battling Eastern Bluebirds for a nest box. We saw more Tree Swallows along the way. We also found 4 Brown Thrashers singing on territory and a flock of at least 8 (probably more) Fox Sparrows. A pair of Eastern Phoebes was calling near the place were they nest every year. Spring is on the way.

33 species

Canada Goose 5
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Downy Woodpecker 15
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 25
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 5
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 15
Brown Thrasher 4 All were heard and see in the secession fields across tealtown Rd.
American Tree Sparrow 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 10
Fox Sparrow (Red) 8 8 seen and confirmed, probably more. Feeding in and along the trail by the secession fields across tealtown Rd.
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 6
Northern Cardinal 30
Red-winged Blackbird 8
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 8

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Date: Friday, March 11, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Sand Hill Crane flyover this morning. Heard the bird first. Also Meadowlarks, 4 Great Blue Heron flyover, Killdeer, Canada Geese, Red Head, Mallard, Wood Duck, 1 Northern Harrier, Blackbirds. 1 immature Bald Eagle seen flying over the river headed south from the overlook. Eagle had a dark colored head.

 


Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Location: Mason Backyard

Reporter: stephanie johantges

Other observers:

The red-winged blackbirds are back in full-force and we’ve seen a few common grackles.


Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Location: Heuston Woods/Acton Lake

Reporter: Bob Kopp

Other observers: Donna Kopp

One bald eagle across the lake from the marina and three white pelicans.

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Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Location: Little Miami River, Miami Whitewater River

Reporter: john hill

Other observers:

Bald Eagle finally on the nest South of Beechmont, 2 Immature Bald Eagles circling above. Also on Eagles on the majestic nest above the Miami Whitewater near Kilby Road.

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Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

7 Pectoral Sandpipers flew through and circled for a few minutes before carrying on to the northwest. Tree Swallows have also returned and decent duck numbers remain. Full checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28063468

Also, yesterday I saw 3-4 Eastern Comma Butterflies active on the sunny sides of trees along Paddy’s Run.


Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

Location: East Fork

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

Actually, I need help determining what I saw.  I was following a trail a hunter had marked with orange tape off the old road bed from the Horseman’s Day Lot.  I would describe the area as a wooded wet thicket. A large bird (larger than a Bluejay, smaller than a Crow) flew up off the ground about 5′ away and scared the daylights out of me.  As it flew away from me, my brain registered a shortish tail, maybe split like a V with white in the center and reddish brown on the edges.  As it got farther away, it was just a dark silhouette with pointed wings.  It made a high, single-note chirping sound as it flew.  I don’t think it was a Woodcock or a Quail.  I thought a Nightjar, but the tail doesn’t make sense.  I’m stumped, any ideas?

Also, took a look at the Eagle’s nest and saw no signs of activity.  Anyone else?

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Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Location: Gilmore Ponds

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

Gilmore hosted a good variety of birds this warm Sunday.

Highlights included 10 species of waterfowl:
5 Wood Ducks
5+ Gadwall
3 American Wigeon
2 American Black Duck
19 Mallard
4 Northern Shoveler
2 Green-winged Teal
9 Ring-necked Duck
1 Lesser Scaup
and 1 Common Goldeneye
Also present was 1 Horned Grebe
1 Hermit Thrush
1 FOY Eastern Pheobe
And 2 Fox Sparrows


Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

3 American Kestrels (2m/1fm), 6 Eastern Meadowlark, 3 Killdeer, 2 Northern Harriers, 2 Black Vultures, 1 Red Tailed Hawk, 2 Eastern Bluebirds (m/fm) and many Red Winged Blackbirds, Song and Tree Sparrows and Starlings.

Lodge Pond had a variety of Lesser Scaup, Ringnecks, Mallards, Geese, Mute Swan, Red Head, Bufflehead, Green Winged Teal, Gadwall, a Muskrat, and Red Eared Sliders.


Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Location: Highland cemetery

Reporter: Andy Bess

Other observers:

The redpoll came to the feeders 5 times between 12 and 1 PM.


Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Location: Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell Ky

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

I had the COMMON REDPOLL at noon. Got there at 11:30  a.m. and she flew in at 11:59 and stayed until a lady dropping off bird seed flushed all the birds at 12:03p.m. Unfortunately another birder pulled in right after her and missed the Redpoll. He said the Redpoll was also seen today at 10:30 a.m. If the bird stays on schedule of visiting the feeder every 90 minutes, then 1:30 p.m maybe a good time.


Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate Ky

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

It was birdy today. Best birds were 8 Pine Siskins feeding in the Sweet Gum Trees and FOY Chipping Sparrow. The Chipping Sparrow was perched on a headstone. Was not yet in bright breeding plumage but had a reddish brown cap, no spot on its gray breast and no eye ring.

A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks were calling and displaying above the Cemetery. Two N. Mockingbirds were chasing each other around a Red Cedar Tree. Then a third Mockingbird showed up and was chased away.  There were four pairs of Blue Jays. They may have already divided the Cemetery up into territories. A Starling carrying nesting material.   Two Turkey Vultures perched on the main building.

There were also  150+  Robins, 110 Starlings, 35+ Dark-eyed Juncos, 10 Northern Cardinals, 6 Carolina Chickadees, 2 Tufted Titmice, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Mourning Doves, 1 Crow and no Merlin.


Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Location: New Richmond riverfront

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

Greater White-fronted Goose still hanging out with the motley bunch of domesticated fowl, 1 large male peacock and a Canada Goose with a broken wing.


Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

This morning from 9:30 to 11:30 Started in north field with 3 Eastern Bluebirds, 1 with beautiful blue and orange contrast feeding on the ground , 1 female Northern Harrier, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk. Canada Geese in bean field honking. As I walked the trail near the bend in the river saw a large dark bird fly low over the river. Walked farther south and spotted an immature Bald Eagle in tree across the river with Crows harassing. A mature Bald Eagle flew in  below the tree line from the north and the younger Eagle flew off with the adult in pursuit! Amazing seeing an Eagle so low and wings spread swooping in and turning towards me. They flew north and were gone in seconds. Also 2 Killdeer, White-crowned, Song Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blackbirds.


Date: Friday, March 4, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers:

Bean Field is about drained. Dozens of Redheads seen Thursday are gone. I watched as swimming Green-winged Teal walked up to the far bank of the small pond left from the flooding.
There were 29 Males and 24 Females Green-wings. 3 Northern Pintail Males, 1 Gadwall Male, 8 Mallards and maybe 2 dozen Canada Geese. Greater White-fronted Goose I saw Thursday was not around.
Great Horned Owl landed behind me low (about 15′ up) w/o me noticing. Scared up as I turned around and it flew across the River.
Mature Bald Eagle flying down the river as I left.
Shelter #2 Usual Sparrows in field, 3 Downy and a Pileated Woodpecker Male were in the closest trees.
Dozens of Red-winged Blackbird Males singing in the sun the other day were posturing but mostly quiet.


Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Location: Bullskin Creek near US 52

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers:

Yesterday there was an Eagle sitting on the nest along Bullskin creek in the Ohio River backwater area near US 52. You can’t see the nest from 52. Right now it can be seen from 133 (when you’re just uphill of the Felicty Cedron Road junction) but once trees leaf out you won’t be able to see it from the road. Even now it’s not easy to spot.

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Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Jordan West

Other observers:

Started at Four Seasons with 1 Adult Bald Eagle, 3 Lesser Scaup, 1 Pie Billed Grebe, 2 Killdeer, Geese, Mallards, Robins and Ring Billed Gulls

Got to Armleder around 4pm and the flooded bean field had the most activity Ive seen recently…50+ Geese, Ring Billed Gulls, Red Heads, Green Winged Teal, Mallards, Ring Neck Ducks, Wood Ducks, 2 Great Blue Heron, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Juvenile Coopers Hawk

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Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Location: Feeders, New Richmond, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

The snow brought the female Common Redpoll and a male Purple Finch back to my feeders today. The poll has been absent during the warmer weather. Still have over 30 Pine Siskins.


Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Karen N., Kirk W.

When I arrived at 6:00 p.m. there were already two Short-eared Owls flying around the park. After about five minutes they headed to Lunken. Between 6:15 and 6:30 three more Short – eared Owls came up and stayed in the park hunting the fields, sometimes interacting with the Northern Harrier.

There were 6+ American Woodcock displaying. Heard one Eastern Meadowlark calling. Kirk saw a small flock of Horned Larks in the grass near the shelterhouse.


Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

This morning 4 Eastern Meadowlarks near the main shelter. Also 1 healthy female Northern Harrier, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 GBH, 1 American Kestrel, 3 Killdeer, 1 Mockingbird, lots of White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrow, Canada Geese forming lines in the sky and some in the swamped area near bean field, several  C Wrens singing, Titmouse, Nuthatch, Chickadee, Blackbirds, Mallard


Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

Location: Brown County Rural Water Association

Reporter: Jim Terlinden

Other observers: Pat Terlinden

After striking out of seeing a redpoll, we decided to take a trip to see the Eagle nest, east of Higginsport.  One bird on nest and we saw one in the field.  Watched the bird on the ground for 10 minutes and saw it struggled to get airborne with its rather large prey.  Finally flew to the nest and dropped it in the nest, then flew to a nearby branch.