Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017

Location: Armleder Park

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

Shorebirds in the beanfield this afternoon:

5+ Killdeer
3 Greater Yellowlegs
6 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Long-billed Dowitcher

Also both teal and Wood Duck present.

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Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

FOS American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

Also had a Northern Rough-winged Swallow yesterday. Brown-headed Cowbirds have really moved in the last couple of days.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the Hickory Trail in the north woods.

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Location: Spring Valley and Caesar Creek

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Boardwalk still closed, saw

1 Hermit Thrush

4 Brown Creepers

1 Golden-crowned Kinglet

White-throated Sparrows



Horseman Camp at CC

17 Dark-eyed Juncos

2 Northern Flickers


2 Ring-billed Gulls

8 CG s

4 Tree Swallows

3 Eastern Meadowlarks

2 Grackles

Wetland area

1 Sandhill flyover heard first.

1 Towhee

3 Red-shouldered Hawks

5 Turkey Vultures

13 Black Vultures

5 Crows

1 Red-tailed Hawk being chased by the crows.


Field, White-throated, and Song Sparrows

Gorge Trail upper area

1 male Yellow-rumped Warbler

2 Pileated Woodpeckers

1 Hermit Thrush

3 Eastern Bluebirds

3 Brown Creepers

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Field Sparrow

Yesterday at Armleder found 1 Vesper Sparrow thanks to the earlier posts. Running and disappearing with little cover, even with binos could hardly see the bird 10 yards away.

White-throated Sparrows

Tree Swallows

3 Meadowlarks

3 Mockingbirds

lake behind Crossroads Church

2 Northern Shovelers

4 Hooded Mergansers

2 Lesser Scaup

1 American Wigeon

2 Mallards


White-throated Sparrows

Kroger Park

7 Goldfinch

1 Towhee

White-throated Sparrows

Tree Swallows

Soccer fields near Derbyshire

2 Meadowlarks

3 Mockingbirds

Kelley NP

White-throated Sparrows



2 Red-shouldered Hawks above the river


Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Wild Turkey tom in full courtship display with 3 hens looking on along River Rd in a farmers field. 1 Sandhill Crane low flyover

5 Brown Thrashers

9 Eastern Meadowlarks

several Field, Song Sparrows

3 Goldfinch

2 Eastern Bluebirds

1 Red-tailed Hawk

2 N. Mockingbirds

6 Brown-headed Cowbirds

several Tree Swallows

2 Northern Shovelers


1 Pie-billed Grebe

Lesser Scaup

2 Greater Scaup


2 Mute Swan

Blue-winged Teal

Wood Duck


Canada Goose

Hooded Merganser

American Coot

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker


Carolina Wren

Eastern Towhee

Found target bird at Gilmore yesterday as rain started, 2 singing Eastern Phoebes. Lots of GBH and Cormorants on the nests.



Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

Location: Gilmore

Reporter: Gary Becker

Other observers: na

Ponds are filling up.   Short loop around gave up lots or redwing blackbirds and sparrows, a pair of wood ducks, northern shoveler, a ringneck and some teal.  Great horned owl was perched, a pair of bluebirds, a flicker, a Downey, with cormorants and Blue Herons roosting in numbers. Add in a few deer, a beaver and an otter made for a nice stroll.

Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Jonathan Frodge

Found 6 Vesper Sparrows in mowed field next to the soccer fields. Carefully scan the field and you should find them. They are runners more than flyers.

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Long Billed Dowitchers at the bean field along with blue wing teal, mallard’s and Canada Geese.  GHO was calling from the northern tree line near the land fill and the beaver was out swimming in the overflow pond.

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Sharon Woods

Reporter: Robert Pickford

Other observers: Linda Harig

Six Eastern Phoebe hunting from low branches over the water at different points on the lakeshore.

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Location: Fernbank Park, Saylor Park

Reporter: Kathy McDonald

Other observers: Ned Keller

We had some good activity last night coming over the Ohio river: 100 Cormorants, 50 Turkey Vultures, about 100 Black Vultures.

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017

Location: East Fork South Beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Ric Payne for a while

Waiting for the rain at East Fork SB this afternoon. As soon as it started raining, a flock of 9 Pectoral Sandpipers briefly landed on the mud/grass/beach. It rained like for 1 minute. As soon as the rain stopped, they took off. I did not have a scope, but did not see scoters of any species. Did see Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Northern Shoveler, RB Merg, Bald Eagles, AM Pipit flyover, Horned Lark flyover, Tree Swallow flyover.

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Paula Stenger

Waterfowl migration was obvious this evening at the Winton Woods Settling Pond. Some of the species seen there from 6:15 thru 6:45 included the following: Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 1, Gadwall 80, Mallard 30, Redhead 15, Ring-necked Duck 90, Lesser Scaup 3, Bufflehead 12, Common Goldeneye 1, Hooded Merganser 11, Ruddy Duck 3, Horned Grebe 1, American Coot 4, Great Blue Heron 2, Tree Swallow 50+, Brown Thrasher 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, and Golden-crowned Kinglet 1.

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Paula Stenger

We made a quick visit to Fernald Preserve from 5:15 to 5:50 this late afternoon. Lots of migratory waterfowl were seen on Lodge Pond and on the two small ponds that can be viewed from the main road. These were the only places we looked and I can imagine the many other area ponds also held lots of waterfowl. Some of the species we saw included the following: Gadwall 70, American Wigeon 10, Mallard 50+, Ring-necked Duck 70, Bufflehead 12, Lesser Scaup 5, Mute Swan 2, Canada Geese, Pied-billed Grebe 2, American Coot 15, Tree Swallows 15, American Kestrel 2, and Red-tailed Hawk 3.

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Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: The Oxbow Area

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Paula Stenger

Unable to participate on the Oxbow Inc. field trip scheduled earlier this Sunday morning, we decided to make a late afternoon visit to the area. We were able to find decent numbers of migrant waterfowl in a few scattered locations in the Oxbow area.

Oxbow Lake: There was a large raft of around 100 ducks consisting almost entirely of Ring-necked Ducks (80) but which also included Gadwall (20) and a few Lesser Scaup (4). Four 4 American Coots, 1 Herring Gull, 8 Ring-billed Gulls, 20+ Great Blue Herons and an American Kestrel were also seen in the Oxbow.

State Line Pond: This private borrow pit, located on State Line Road and adjacent to Indian Springs Campgrounds was covered with migratory waterfowl this late afternoon. Most notable were 80+ Northern Shovelers, but other ducks and water birds were also present and included Ring-necked Duck 30, Lesser Scaup 6, Bufflehead 6, a scattering of Mallards and Canada Geese, Pied-billed Grebe 2, American Coot 28, and an American Kestrel perched on a nearby wire.

Hidden Valley Lake: A large raft of 110 American Coots and 4 Lesser Scaup were busy feeding near the Boat Ramp and Dam. 3 Common Loons were seen on the lake just off the swimming beach.

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Sharon Woods, March 17 and March 19

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

March 17: brown creeper, pileated woodpecker, belted kingfisher, wood duck.

March 19: wood duck, ring-necked duck, blue-winged teal, pied-billed grebe.

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Location: Winton Woods Parcour Trail Station 12 (in the Pines)

Reporter: Rick Marra

Other observers: Just me

Two Pine Warblers singing in the Pines about 30′ up.  Also Pileated Woodpecker, Towhee, Cooper’s Hawk.

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

Spring migrants: tree swallow, green-winged teal, phoebe, rusty blackbird

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Location: Magrish

Reporter: Frank Renfrow

Other observers:

There was a Brown Creeper at Magrish, viewed from parking lot this past Wednesday.

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Location: Winton Woods parcourse trail

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: One other birder

Singing Pine Warbler in the back end of the Pine woods.

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: Williams Corner Rt132 & 131

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers:

first Brown Creeper circling up a tree today

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017

Location: Voice of America

Reporter: Jim Terlinden

Other observers: Patricia Terlinden

1 Immature Bald Eagle over the soccer fields @ 2:43

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

5 Bald eagles (2 Adult, 1 3rd yr, 1 2nd yr and 1 unknown immature) were a new high count (that I know of) for the preserve. Last week I saw the 3rd year and 2nd year bird doing some half-hearted aerial talon clasping. I don’t think I recall ever seeing immature birds partake in courtship behavior before.

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Location: Miller Nature Sanctuary (Highland Co.)

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

Snow Trillium blooming at Miller Nature Sanctuary in late February. Also had Hepatica blooming then.

Trillium Nivale - Snow Trillium

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017

Location: Adams County

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other observers: Kathy McDonald

A pine warbler was singing on his usual territory at our cabin, about two miles south of Lynx.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Location: North Sycamore Twp.

Reporter: M Murphy

Other observers:

At my feeder: Woodpeckers (RB,Downy,NF), Caroline wrens & chickadees, Goldfinchs,T titmice.