Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Location: Caesar Creek

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Hiked trail along lake from Wellman Meadows. A cold hike in the wind today.

1 adult Bald Eagle, 2 Cooper’s Hawk, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk

1 GBH, 1 Mallard Duck, 3 Ring-billed Gulls

several YR Warblers, 2 GC Kinglets, 5 Goldfinch

1 Brown Creeper, 14 Flickers, Downy and Pileated Woodpecker 

1 Crow, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 WB Nuthatch, 1 Bluejay,

4 Cardinals

4 guys riding fat tire mountain bikes on the hiking trails.

1 guy wearing camouflage in a boat with several Mallard decoys floating nearby.

Driving home a large contingent of Starlings flew low over my car at 75 mph and ruined my fresh clear coat from Mikes!


Date: Friday, December 29, 2017

Location: Kelley NP

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today 1 Eastern Phoebe

2 House Finches

1 beautiful female Eastern Towhee

5 Yellow-rumped Warblers

3 White-throated Sparrows


Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Location: Miami-Whitewater Park

Reporter: Robert Schroeder

Other observers:

Hermit Thrush – seen on consecutive afternoons in the brush and leaf litter near the 7.2/1.4 mile marker on the inner loop: 12/26 and 12/27


Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017

Location: Kelley Nature Preserve

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Flyover counted 17 Sandhill Cranes also;

3 Eastern Bluebirds

3 Hermit Thrushes along the rivers edge

4 Northern Flickers

4 Mallard Ducks

resident Belted Kingfisher

2 Pileated Woodpeckers

C Wrens

Bluejays

Cardinals

C Chickadees

D Woodpecker

 

 


Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017

Location: Western Hamilton County

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Joe Bens

There was a large movement of Snow Geese,with some Ross’s Geese,  in our area on Friday and Saturday.  During the Western Hamilton County Christmas Bird Count we had 6 flyover at Fernald in the late morning.  Then at about noon  Joe Bens and I had a flock of 325 flyover Miami Whitewater Wetlands. I was able to take  multiple photos of the flock in the air. We first heard the flock coming from the Northwest flying over the field next to the wetlands. The field now planted with oversized houses. We hoped they would land in the wetlands, which is full of water but no luck. In the next twenty minutes they flew over us 2 more times each time heading back to the Northwest.

After the count was over, I stopped at Lost Bridge. There were 200 Snow Geese , 34 Ross’s Geese and  4 Greater White-fronted reported there on Friday.  There was still about 80 Snow Geese at Lost Bridge around 4:00 on Saturday. It was hard to get an accurate count because the geese were in the back pond  and partially hidden by the levee that runs between the two Ponds. Also on Friday at Armleder, 1 Snow Goose and 1 Ross’s Goose were found.

During the Great Parks Winter Bird Count on December 9, 2017 , Snow Geese were reported at Miami Whitewater but the exact number never got put into the count results


Date: Friday, December 22, 2017

Location: Deerfield Twp.

Reporter: greg hoeting

Other observers:

A flock of about 70 snow geese in a somewhat disorganized V-shape flying northward direction relatively low to ground as though they had taken off from a nearby location at about 7:30 in the morning just west and north of I-71 and I-275.  Definitely not Canada since their appearance was smaller and they had a high pitch hock-hock sound as they flew. I was able to verify their sound from the Audubon app at the time of the sighting. Unfortunately no pictures :(.


Date: Friday, December 15, 2017

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

While looking for CW birds for the EF CBC, I found 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull on the south beach at East Fork this morning. Still present when I left at 11am.

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Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Location: Kroger Hills Park

Reporter: James Rettig

Other observers: none

This Am 115 Sandhill Cranes; and a Merlin working the thee line which covers the Pike Path.

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Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers:

The Eider was still in front of the visitor center at 10:35 am.


Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Location: Sharonville

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers:

The Sharonville Snowy Owl was still present at approx. 4:15 on Monday evening. I observed it on the top of one of the I-75/I-275 interchange light poles, from the Triangle Office Park parking lot that I accessed from Chesterdale Road (which is off of East Kemper Road).


Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Location: 12-13 Triangle Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (39.291, -84.447) Hamilton, Ohio, US

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers:

from Oddfeathers; PLEASE do not get close to the owl!!


Date: Friday, December 8, 2017

Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers:

The Eider was still near the boat ramp at 9am.


Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Location: Lake Isabella

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Eastern Phoebe and 16 Hooded Mergansers


Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park

Reporter: Alyssa Rooks

Other observers:

As of 3pm, the female King Eider is still floating around on the river in front of the museum!

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Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park, Chilo, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Steve Barnett

From Steve Barnett:

As of 11:10 am, 12/06/17, no sighting of the King Eider at Chilo 34 Lock & Dam.


Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Location: Chilo, Museum Crooked Run

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers: Lynsey

Ms. “Queen” Eider in front of museum at 1PM Dec 5 still. Diving, looking gorgeous. Lynsey, thanks for sharing our lifer moment!


Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Matt Bryant

King Eider remains this morning per sources.  Off Ohio river bank at museum.


Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Location: Chilo and Madisonville

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

The female king eider remains at Chilo as of 3 pm, December 4. She often hugs the riverbank below the riverwalk, just east of the parking lot, so one has to wait until she swims into view.

Also, in Madisonville, there is a winter wren along the Little Duck Creek Trail immediately north of the Roe Street bridge.


Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park, Chilo, OH

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Update from sources, not currently present

The female King Eider is still present just off the Ohio river bank at 11:35AM this morning.  This is not the bird reported as scoter that the Clingman’s had on Nov. 25th.


Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Location: Crooked Run NP/ Chilo lock 34 park

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

I went to look for the Clingman’s WW Scoter at this park.  On arrival, I spotted a bird diving just off the boat ramp.  It didn’t look right to me for any scoter.  I looked at eiders on my phone and concluded that it was a female KING EIDER.  The bird swam up under the Ohio bank several times and out into river channel.  Photos on FB.

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