Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Location: Winton Woods & Settling Pond

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other Observers:

I went out this evening between 7 & 8 PM with the specific intention of finding migrating Common Nighthawks and I was not disappointed. In total I saw at least 60 nighthawks in the skies above Winton Woods Park. This was not one tight group, but a pretty consistent movement of widely scattered birds that were actively foraging. The best area was the skies above the Settling Pond and the West Fork Dam where I counted 45 nighthawks. The skies south of the Settling Pond and over the Dam area were also full of swallows, at least 200+ birds, widely scattered and actively foraging. A lot of these birds were seen at some distance and that, coupled with the setting sun, made ID difficult. Most of what I could identify were Barn Swallows (125) and lesser numbers of Northern Rough-winged Swallows (75). About 25 Chimney Swifts were also seen.

I also saw an Osprey at the Winton Woods Settling Pond this evening. This bird caught a fish and then flew to an inconspicuous perch on the south side of the pond.  Some other interesting species seen at the Settling Pond included 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 6 Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, 10 Wood Ducks, 2 Eastern Kingbirds, 12 Cedar Waxwings and 3 noisy immature Indigo Buntings.

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