Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pit

Reporter: James Rettig

Other observers:

67 Greater White-fronted Geese. All field marks seen. Carefully counted. All flew off as I opened the car trunk to get my scope. Also 91 Canadas, highest number in two months, very shy group.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: 3

Of note:  1 Black-bellied Plover (took off and did not return), 2 Dunlin, 2 Horned Grebes far out on lake, 1 Savannah Sparrow west beach.

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Location: My Union Twp. backyard

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

Red-breasted Nuthatch at the peanut feeder on my  back deck.

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Karen Noel, Kirk Westendorf, Mike Busam, Charlie Saunders, Bob Lacker, Steve Bobonick, and others.

Saw three to four Nelson’s Sparrows this morning. Three sightings were in the cattails and reeds  surrounding the canal and one sighting was on  the left side of the large stand of willows. Got good looks at two of them in the morning light.  All the sparrow activity seemed to be over by 10:00 a.m.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

Ellis was full of sparrows this morning. The highlight was a Henslow’s Sparrow right next to the parking lot circle, and 2 Nelson’s Sparrows in the leftmost field in-between the two willows (where the canal runs perpendicular to the parking lot).

Other highlights included:
5+ White-crowned Sparows, 3 White-throated Sparrows, 3 Field Sparrows, 1 American Tree Sparrow, 15+ Swamp Sparrows, 2 Lincoln’s Sparrow, 1 Savannah Sparrow, 1 Palm Warbler, and 1 Wilson’s Snipe.



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Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

Location: Ellis wetlands

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers:

Based on David Brinkman’s report of Nelson’s Sparrows at Ellis Wetlands in Butler County, I dropped by Friday evening and was successful. I also flushed an American Bittern. Other sparrows noted were many Swamp and Song and one Lincoln’s.

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016

Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands

Reporter: Mike Busam

Other observers: Steve Bobonick, Bob Lacker, Charlie Saunders

There were two Henslow’s Sparrows at Ellis Lake yesterday (Sunday, October 9).

Date: Monday, October 10, 2016

Location: Fernald and Caesar Creek

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Saturday at Fernald: Eastern Bluebirds

lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers

3 Eastern Phoebes

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

2 American Kestrels on the blind

Belted Kingfisher

Pie-billed Grebe


5 Eastern Meadowlarks

Swamp, White-throated, Field Sparrow

Caesar Creek on Sunday:

2 Red-breasted Nuthatches

7 Golden-crowned Kinglets

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

GC Cormorant

Ring-billed Gull

3 Belted Kingfishers


Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Location: Glenwood Gardens Park

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

Yellow-throated vireo

Cape may warbler

Possible Connecticut warbler

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016

Location: Possible Clay-colored Sparrow at Crooked Run NP

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers: none

My eBird notes of the sighting:

Seen at “Sparrow Corner,” the intersection of the gravel drive and Meadow Trail, a popular spot for sparrows; habitat consists of brushy weeds, goldenrod, asters, and small saplings. The bird did perch in the open a couple of times in response to pishing, but kept diving back into cover. I was about 10ft away during the encounter. Unfortunately, no photos were obtained.

Small, slim sparrow, smaller than the nearby Song Sparrow. The first thing that caught my eye was the well-defined, broad, clean, light gray nape. The back was uniformly light brown, much lighter than a Swamp Sparrow, and lighter even than what I am used to seeing in a fall Chipping Sparrow. I do not have a specific memory of the rump, but my impression is that it was light brown like the back; I do not recall a contrasting gray area. There was no rufous anywhere on the bird. I did not appreciate any wing bars. The breast was clear, with no streaks, and was off-white to buff in color.

The crown was streaky brown with a white median crown stripe. I do not recall the bill in detail, but it was not black. The supercilium and sub-moustachial stripe were grayish-white. The auriculars were light brown, and there was a darker brown eyeline. Although I did not notice if the eyeline went through the eye to the lores, the face seemed “open” without the darker, “stern” look of a Chipping Sparrow. The malar stripe was not as broad or dark as a Song Sparrow, but was dark enough to contrast well with the paler throat.

I did not observe the legs or feet; the bird did not vocalize. On my second pass, I could not re-find it.

In the field, I relied primarily on my Sibley phone app, and secondarily my Peterson’s app, utilizing the Compare feature to look at Clay-colored and fall Chipping Sparrows simultaneously. I was about 75% confident in my ID in the field, but waited until I came home to study Beadle and Rising’s “Sparrows of the United States and Canada” and my second edition of “The Sibley Guide to Birds” before committing to this entry.

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Kirk Westendorf

Found 21 species of butterflies on Sunday at Armleder. The highlite was a Gemmed Saytr  at the canoe landing.   Also saw a male  Bronze Copper, Meadow and Variegated Fritillaries, Red Admiral, Common Buckeye, Monarch, Viceroy, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Cabbage White, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Pearl Crescent, Questionmark, Eastern Comma, Silver-spotted Skipper, Peck’s Skipper, Fiery Skipper and Sachem. The Questionmark was missing the mark on one side. There were a couple new fresh Eastern Commas and one old summer form  laying eggs.

Bird wise it was pretty much the same warblers at the canoe landing that have been there all month, Bay-breasted, Black and White, Tennessee, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian and a late Yellow-throated. There was  a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the canoe landing and an Osprey eating lunch on a dead tree next to Duck Creek.

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak has been hanging around the canoe landing for the past few days.

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

This morning, 4 Marsh Wrens on bike trail just north of south parking lot. very close looks, lots of vocalizations!  6 Common Yellowthroats 2 male, group of White-throated Sparrows, GBH.

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands

Reporter: Mike Busam

Other observers:

Charlie Saunders and I walked the fields for a couple hours. There was a Sedge Wren on the edge of the parking lot, and 8 Marsh Wrens in the field. Also, ~5 Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, and dozens of American Goldfinches.

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Location: Multiple Eastside evergreen stands

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other observers: Jeff Bilsky

Jeff Bilsky and I decided to do an informal survey of Red-breasted Nuthatches in the Cincinnati area today. We concentrated on spots with stands of evergreens, mostly on the Eastside of town. After checking 8 different locations, we found 16 individual birds at 5 different locations. I’m sure if we had checked the known spots on the Westside, we would have found similar numbers.

A highlight was standing in the middle of Section 52 at Spring Grove and being surrounded by 4 – 5 reds all singing at once.

We also had a Pine Warbler on the Parcours trail at Winton Woods (we had a total of 8 warbler species for the day). Given the Winter Finch Report predictions, this looks to be a good year for red hatches. Below are the Red-breasted totals and locations:

Daniel Drake Park – 1
United American Cemetery – 0
Rowe Arboretum – 3
Camp Dennison – 1
Evergreen Cemetery – 0
Lake Isabella – 0
Spring Grove Cemetery – 8
Winton Woods – 3 (1 at the campgrounds and 2 on the Parcours trail)