Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Location: Rowe woods Cincinnati nature center

Reporter: Mollie Bading

Other observers:

4 purple finches
2 Harry woodpeckers
Red breasted nuthatch
Red headed wood pecker
5 white throated sparrows
Plenty of Cardinals, tufted titmouse, Downy woodpeckers.

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Location: Rowe woods Cincinnati nature center

Reporter: Mollie Bading

Other observers:

4 eastern towhee
Purple Finch
House finch
American goldfinch
Dark eyes juncos
8 red bellied woodpecker
20 white throated sparrows
7 red-headed woodpeckers
Harry woodpecker
2 pine siskin
12 white breasted nuthatch
3 carolina wrens
12 Cardinals
6 tufted titmouse
2 mourning doves
Dozens of Downy woodpeckers

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

About 300 geese and ducks (mallard and black) in the bean field. A flyover harrier didn’t rouse them, but an eagle sure did.

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Location: Kelley np

Reporter: Mollie Bading

Other observers:

Hermit thrush
Golden crowned kinglet
Eastern towhee
Red bellied woodpeckers
Downy woodpeckers

Heard pileated woodpecker

Several chickadees, Robins, blue Jays, cardinals, and Carolina wrens

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg Ohio

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers:

A Fox Sparrow was coming to our feeder in the late afternoon.

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018

Location: Kelley NP

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

2 Hermit Thrush  1 Eastern Phoebe  1 Red-shouldered Hawk

4 Mallard  6 Northern Flicker  1 Eastern Towhee  male


Date: Monday, January 15, 2018

Location: South 80 trails Mariemont

Reporter: Mollie Bading

Other observers:

2 hooded mergansers
16 canadian geese, one albino
8 red bellied woodpeckers
Dozens of downy woodpeckers
Tufted titmouse
A very vocal carolina chickadee

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Location: Madisonville bramble woods

Reporter: Mollie Bading

Other observers:

Adult yellow bellied sapsucker.
3 downy woodpeckers.
3 red bellied woodpeckers.
7 gold finches.
3 house finches.
Tan white throated sparrow.
3 song sparrows.
7 dark eyed juncos.
Immature cooper’s hawk.
Adult male northern flicker.
White breasted nuthatch.
2 lincoln’s sparrows
Several Robins, blue jays, carolina wrens, house sparrows, cardinals, tufted titmouse, and carolina chickadees.

Seen in the same location in the last 2 weeks: immature sharp shinned hawk, immature yellow bellied sapsucker, pileated woodpecker, mature cooper’s hawk, golden crowned kinglets, one ruby crowned kinglet.

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Brown Thrasher, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Red-tailed Hawk

White-crowned, Song, and White-throated Sparrow

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Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Location: Brookville Lake

Reporter: Jack Stenger

Other observers:

The dam area at Brookville Lake was packed with waterfowl yesterday afternoon because the rest of the lake was frozen. I did not venture north of Fairfield causeway because everything was frozen there save for a small lead in the north basin and the marina area at Sagamore Resort.  There were also many ducks on the Whitewater River below the dam through the town of Brookville. I also had 10 Lapland Longspurs and with 75 Horned Larks in the nearby countryside. The White-winged Scoter was an immature/female type and loosely associating with pintail on the main reservoir.

Waterbird tallies for the open water are below:


Canada Goose 395
Mute Swan 3
Northern Shoveler 3
American Wigeon 4
Gadwall 115
Mallard 525
American Black Duck 15
Northern Pintail 21
Ring-necked Duck 6
White-winged Scoter 1
Bufflehead 13
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 223
Common Merganser 86
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Pied-billed Grebe 48
Great Blue Heron 1
American Coot 70
Bonaparte’s Gull 2
Ring-billed Gull 350

Full details/checklists on ebird.

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017

Location: Western Hamilton County CBC Results

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other observers:

We found 81 species this year, including a new species for the count, Ross’s Goose. Despite finding a good variety of waterfowl, the species count was well below our recent average of 86, probably because of the rainy weather which caused quite a few participants to quit early. Here’s the full list:

1 Greater White-fronted Goose
306 Snow Goose
20 Ross’s Goose
4 Cackling Goose
945 Canada Goose
1 Mute Swan
4 Tundra Swan
13 Wood Duck
119 Gadwall
16 American Wigeon
12 American Black Duck
499 Mallard
6 Northern Shoveler
321 Northern Pintail
18 Green-winged Teal
8 Redhead
116 Ring-necked Duck
18 Bufflehead
2 Common Goldeneye
2 Hooded Merganser
6 Wild Turkey
2 Pied-billed Grebe
20 Great Blue Heron
34 Black Vulture
7 Turkey Vulture
4 Bald Eagle
5 Northern Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
4 Cooper’s Hawk
7 Red-shouldered Hawk
18 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Buteo, sp.
7 American Kestrel
2 Killdeer
80 Ring-billed Gull
1706 Rock Pigeon
485 Mourning Dove
1 Great Horned Owl
3 Barred Owl
3 Short-eared Owl
17 Belted Kingfisher
105 Red-bellied Woodpecker
11 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
85 Downy Woodpecker
8 Hairy Woodpecker
33 Northern Flicker
7 Pileated Woodpecker
2 Eastern Phoebe
183 Blue Jay
4504 American Crow
264 Carolina Chickadee
179 Tufted Titmouse
3 Red-breasted Nuthatch
42 White-breasted Nuthatch
16 Brown Creeper
163 Carolina Wren
28 Golden-crowned Kinglet
45 Eastern Bluebird
3228 American Robin
31 Northern Mockingbird
17469 European Starling
27 Yellow-rumped Warbler
23 Eastern Towhee
78 American Tree Sparrow
6 Field Sparrow
3 Savannah Sparrow
3 Fox Sparrow
242 Song Sparrow
16 Swamp Sparrow
305 White-throated Sparrow
15 White-crowned Sparrow
394 Dark-eyed Junco
451 Northern Cardinal
576 Red-winged Blackbird
7 Eastern Meadowlark
273 Rusty Blackbird
97 Brown-headed Cowbird
185 House Finch
2 Common Redpoll
2 Pine Siskin
198 American Goldfinch
702 House Sparrow

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Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Location: The 2017 Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count Results

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: 70 Participants

The 71st annual 2017 Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society, our local Audubon Chapter and the Cincinnati Bird Club, was conducted on Saturday, December 30th, 2017. Seventy participants braved the intense winter weather and helped assure the continued success of this count. We recorded 91 total species for the count. An additional 5 species were not found on count day but were found during count week. These 5 species are not included in the count total of 91 species. Count week (CW) is defined as the three days before and the three days after the actual count date. The record for this count is 95 species, set in 2012.

The list (91 species plus 5 CW):

Snow Goose 1, Canada Goose 3,553, Mute Swan 9, Tundra Swan (CW), Wood Duck 2, Gadwall 22, American Wigeon 1, American Black Duck 22, Mallard 702, Northern Shoveler (CW), Northern Pintail 2, Canvasback (CW), Redhead 8, Ring-necked Duck 32, Greater Scaup (CW), Lesser Scaup 3, Long-tailed Duck 8, Bufflehead 13, Common Goldeneye 7, Hooded Merganser 86, Common Merganser 2, Ruddy Duck 15, Wild Turkey (CW), Pied-billed Grebe 8, Great Blue Heron 13, Black Vulture 26, Turkey Vulture 4, Bald Eagle 8, Northern Harrier 7, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Cooper’s Hawk 9, Red-shouldered Hawk 14, Red-tailed Hawk 44, American Kestrel 11, Peregrine Falcon 2, American Coot 43, Sandhill Crane 103, Killdeer 10, Wilson’s Snipe 2, Ring-billed Gull 169, Rock Pigeon 253, Mourning Dove 464, Eastern Screech-Owl 8, Great Horned Owl 5, Barred Owl 4, Belted Kingfisher 17, Red-headed Woodpecker 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 292, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 33, Downy Woodpecker 228, Hairy Woodpecker 39, Northern Flicker 67, Pileated Woodpecker 36, Eastern Phoebe 5, Blue Jay 401, American Crow 511, Horned Lark 1,185, Carolina Chickadee 648, Tufted Titmouse 402, Red-breasted Nuthatch 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 131, Brown Creeper 21, Carolina Wren 300, Winter Wren 15, Golden-crowned Kinglet 118, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, Eastern Bluebird 100, Hermit Thrush 9, American Robin 3,835, Northern Mockingbird 62, Brown Thrasher 2, European Starling 19,658, American Pipit 2, Cedar Waxwing 249, Yellow-rumped Warbler 133, Eastern Towhee 147, American Tree Sparrow 75, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 23, Fox Sparrow 10, Song Sparrow 503, Swamp Sparrow 57, White-throated Sparrow 541, White-crowned Sparrow 47, Dark-eyed Junco 255, Lapland Longspur 1, Northern Cardinal 1,225, Red-winged Blackbird 28, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Rusty Blackbird 10, Common Grackle 422, Brown-headed Cowbird 19, House Finch 152, Pine Siskin 10, American Goldfinch 247, and House Sparrow 301.

Also reported on the count but not included in the species totals were 2 unidentified accipiter species, 1 unidentified buteo species, and 1 unidentified falcon species.


Count Highlights:

  • Horned Lark 1,185, new count high, previous high 835
  • Winter Wren 15, new count high, previous high was 9, three separate times
  • Mute Swan 9, tied 2nd highest
  • Wilson’s Snipe 2, only reported 1 time in previous 10 years, but actually reported 32 times in prior 70 years of this count.
  • Long-tailed Duck, 7th time in 71 years
  • Sandhill Crane, 7th time in 71 years
  • Lapland Longspur 8th time in 71 years
  • American Pipit, 9th time in 71 years
  • Snow Goose, 9th time in 71 years

Notable Misses:

  • Wild Turkey, recorded 10 of previous 10 years (100%)
  • Savannah Sparrow, recorded 9 of previous 10 years (90%)
  • Short-eared Owl, recorded 8 of previous 10 years (80%), efforts were made at Armleder Park and Lunken Airport
  • Northern Shoveler, recorded 8 of previous 10 years (80%)
  • Purple Finch, recorded 7 of previous 10 years (70%)
  • Merlin, recorded 5 of previous 7 years (71%)

Jay Stenger, Co-compiler

Jack Stenger, Co-compiler

Date: Monday, January 1, 2018

Location: Newtown Lake

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Newtown Lake.

Most of it is now frozen but the east end still has open water and all waterfowl is concentrated there.

8 Mute Swans

Hundreds of Mallards and Canada Geese.

Hooded Merganser

Ruddy Duck


Black Duck

Ring neck Duck




Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Pie Billed Grebe

***4 Long Tailed Ducks.


I have photo’s of the long tailed ducks as well as the greater and lesser scaup if anyone wants confirmation.

Date: Monday, January 1, 2018

Location: Kelley NP

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

3 Northern Shovelers in eclipse plumage sitting on the ice with 11 Mallards.

2 Golden-crowned Kinglets showing lots of red

1 Cooper’s Hawk

1 Red-shouldered Hawk

1 Red-tailed Hawk

2 Hermit Thrush

8 Eastern Bluebird

9 Northern Flicker

1 Belted Kingfisher

WB Nuthatch, Red-bellied WP, Downy WP

The sound of cracking ice on the river was very loud at times, could hear it crack up stream and nearby at the same time.