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Sightings Log

This is the place to post your sightings of birds, butterflies,wildflowers – whatever you come across in the great outdoors. If you have more general comments, or questions that you want to address to the community, the Message Board is the place.


Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

20+ Killdeer
1 Semipalmated Plover
10 Spotted Sandpiper
8 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

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Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Location: Australian bird guide needed

Reporter: James Rettig

Other observers: none

All, I have an opportunity to go to Australia and need a bird guide. I have contacted the Australian bird club and no takers.

Can anyone give me a name or two who may be able to assist me?

Many thanks for any response. Jim Rettig

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Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Location: Kelley Nature Preserve

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Northern Parula

1 Yellow-billed Cuckcoo

3 Carolina Wrens

3 Titmouse

1 E Towhee

3 Goldfinch

2 Carolina Chickadee

3 Indigo Bunting

1 Meadow Fritillary

Hemaris diffinis, the snowberry clearwing feeding on Bee Balm in the open field.

1 Red-spotted Purple

1 Silver-spotted Skipper

lots of Sweat Bees

1 Blue-winged Wasp

3 Pearl Crescent

1 Tiger Bee Fly

Also had a Hummingbird fly very close to me near my wildflower garden this evening.

 

 

 

 

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Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017

Location: French Park, Amberely Village

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

1 summer tanager (male)

1 yellow-throated warbler (male)

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Date: Friday, July 14, 2017

Location: Martin-Marietta Gravel Pit near the intersection of Centerville Road and Rt. 42.

Reporter: Nancy Etter

Other observers: 3 other family members

A Belted Kingfisher is nesting in the sand banks near the bank swallow cavities.  Look over the gates, that are across the road from the main entrance gates, and look to the right.  The Kingfisher’s hole is lower on the bank than the swallow holes and the Kingfisher’s hole is a little larger.

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Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

1 Pectoral Sandpiper
15 Least Sandpiper
4 Spotted Sandpiper
5+ Killdeer

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Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Location: Kilby Rd Gravel Pits, Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: None

Even at 11:30 AM, there were still good numbers of birds present. Highlights included 16 Dickcissels, 4 Blue Grosbeaks, one singing Bell’s Vireo, and one singing Bobolink. The Bobolink was either a singing female or a male in juvenile or basic plumage.

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Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Went looking for possible storm stranded birds at 7:30pm.  Found 5 Black Terns out over the water.

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Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Location: American Kestrel

Reporter: John Robinson

Other observers:

Nice adult American Kestrel hanging out by the Grailville gardens in Loveland, Ohio

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Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Location: Meldahl Dam on the Ohio side

Reporter: Suzanne Clingman

Other observers: Chris Clingman

We stopped to check the Osprey nest on the high electric line tower on the Ohio side at Meldahl dam. We saw two little ones in the nest. There could be more the nest is deep and way up there! There was one adult when we arrived and another adult flew in with a fish and took it to the opposite side of the tower from the nest and ate it while the other adult moved to the nest.

There was also a Peregrine Falcon on the dam. We only saw one and it stayed perched in the some spot the whole time we  were there.

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Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Location: Kilby Rd Gravel Pits, Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: Kim Cade

Walked the pits on both sides of Kilby from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Highlights included 1+ singing Bell’s Vireo, 1+ Bobolink (heard, not seen), 4+ singing Dickcissels, and a bunch of cute fledglings: Eastern Kingbirds, Willow Flycatchers, American Robins, Gray Catbirds, Yellow Warblers, Song Sparrows, and both orioles.

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Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Location: Kenwood, cincinnati

Reporter: jenny nies

Other observers:

I saw the most fabulous white hawk flying near the Kenwood/ Madeira area one June 8, 2017! Magnificent! I’m wondering if it an albino or what type of hawk it was ? Anyone?

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Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Location: Ellis Lake Wetland, Bell’s Vireo, 05/20/17

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers:

Bell’s Vireo at Ellis Lake Wetland on 05/20/17, at the 8th pole along the paved bike path west of the circle, this Bell’s Vireo was singing repetitively at 7:00 pm. The bank along the south side of the bike path had been bush whacked to the 9th pole, but the Bell’s Vireo was still present. Because the bank had been cleared of the honey suckle bushes, I walked up to the top, and observed the vireo in the bushes on the south side of the water channel at the top of the bank. Great bird and fun to see! Access to this site from Firebird Lane from the north side of Union Center Boulevard west of I75 north of I275. Bell’s vireo had been first reported at this site on Cincinnati Birders by Mike Busam on May 14, 2017, seen with Bob Lacker.

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Date: Friday, June 2, 2017

Location: Armleder Park, Ohio

Reporter: james lundberg

Other observers:

Beanfield: 8 White-rumped Sandpipers. 1 Semipalmated Plover, 2 Wilson’s Snipes, 1 Green Heron, Numerous swallows including Northern Rough-winged, Cliff, Bank, Tree and Barn.

Fields and adjacent: 4 Yellow-breasted Chats, 5 Willow Flycatchers, 0 (zero) Dickcissels.

 

 

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Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017

Location: Gilmore ponds

Reporter: Gary Becker

Other observers: Several

half dozen whistling ducks on the large pond…I had certainly never seen one before but several  others more knowledgeable than I first saw them and confirmed the  ID…quite a few folks photographing…they were on the far bank of the first large opening in the trees, just after you turn right off the floating walkway ( if you park off Gilmore) for quite a while then flew off to the flooded field on the other side of the railroad tracks.   Also a pair of green herons, several indigo bunting, a pair of bluebirds, several Orioles,  and a pair of Hawks ( Red tails I think) sitting on the power line poles.

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Date: Friday, May 26, 2017

Location: Armleder and Spring Valley

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today at Spring Valley, 1 close look at a Red-headed Woodpecker

Northern Parula

Willow Flycatcher

Yellow-throated Vireo

Eastern Wood Pewee

Lots of Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats

Indigo Bunting

Baltimore Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Great-crested Flycatcher

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

1 Osprey hunting up and down the lake

BG Natcatchers

Eastern Phoebe

Cedar Waxwings

Armleder on Thursday around noon, 3 Blue Grosbeaks, 1 female and 2 males,

1 Great Egret flyover

Eastern Meadowlark

Barn Swallows flying in and out of shelter restrooms.

several Flying Cigars

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Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: None

Lots of activity at lunch time in Section 147. Both tanagers, both orioles, 2 Philadelphia Vireos, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 5 flycatcher species, a Veery, 8 warbler species, and many nestlings kept me busy for an hour.

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Date: Friday, May 19, 2017

Location: Kilby Road Ponds

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Behind the maintenance building today around 10 a.m 1 Bell’s Vireo. Finally, I have been going there for 5 years with no luck looking for this bird. Tree line behind and to the right. also 2 Willow Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Warbler, 2 Eastern Meadowlark

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Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Location: Greenbriar Rd. Batavia, OH

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

Last Spring I found a Red-shouldered Hawk’s nest on the property where I keep my horse.  Shortly after I discovered it however, I broke my ankle and wasn’t able to keep an eye on it.  This year though, I am happy to report that the nest has produced 3 babies.  I’m not able to get out there every day so I don’t know when the eggs were laid or when exactly they hatched but my best guess is that they are almost 2 weeks old.  I have been concerned that the third may not thrive, based on what I’ve read, but they seem to be doing fine and all appear to be equal in size.  I took some crude pictures using my iPhone camera through the eyepiece of my scope.  I will try to post.

A side note:  Two summers ago, while doing morning chores at the barn, I found a young male Red-shouldered Hawk trapped in one of the spinning roof vents of the barn.  I think he may have been roosting in there overnight and was startled by my arrival causing him to fly toward what he thought was the escape route.  Fortunately, we were able to remove the vent, with him in it, and he flew away un-harmed.  I’d like to think he’s the Daddy!

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Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Location: Colerain Township, Cincinnati, Ohio–Rose Breasted Grosbeaks

Reporter: dianne pistole

Other observers: husband

Many of the male and female Rose Breasted Grosbeaks were visiting my feeders for a couple of weeks late April and early May 2017.  Have not seen any in a few days.  Have never seen them before and curious if they typically do not stop by this area or if they will be back and/or etc.?  Just don’t know anything about them.  Had never seen them before.

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Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Location: Ault Park

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Ovenbird

1 Scarlett Tanager

2 Acadian Flycatcher

1 Eastern Wood Pewee

4 Red-eyed Vireo

1 Yellow-throated Warbler

3 Wood Thrush

1 Swainson’s Thrush

1  Great-crested Flycatcher

1 Broad-winged Hawk

Driving home spotted what I believe was a LEUCISTIC Redtailed Hawk. Stopped at Old Barn Ct. off Kenwood rd in Maderia at 4:39

Hawk was being chased by smaller bird and looked as white as a gull. Yellow beak, dark wing tips on under side, a Turkey Vulture flew by for size comparison. Have seen 1 other leucistic at Fernald 5 years ago. Neighbors not friendly to birders.

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Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Location: Ellis Lake

Reporter: Mike Busam

Other observers: Bob Lacker

Bob Lacker and I found two Bell’s Vireos along the bike trail at Ellis Lake this morning. One was singing from atop a honeylocust nine telephone poles west of the parking circle. A second Bell’s Vireo was singing a short distance away, roughly in front of the bench along the path edge. We confirmed that they are indeed two individuals.

Also interesting was a Brown Creeper working the dead ash trees in the Ellis Lake ice pond. It’s interesting to have a Creeper this late hanging around in suitable breeding habitat. It is still likely a migrant, but it’ll be worth keeping a lookout. Good stuff! Take care.

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Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Location: Fernald. Entrance Pkg lot; grassland trail behind visitor’s center

Reporter: Rick Marra

Other observers: Just me. But connected with two other couples.

white eyed vireo- heard 2 saw 1;  trail beyond the fork (right fork).

orchard orioles -5 or 6 both sexes. Take left fork along ponds.

willow flycatcher;  5 or 6; mating pair; top of small pines along pond road

yellow breasted chat; heard several, saw one; take right at fork

eastern kingbird (1)  grassland

dicksissel (2); grassland

yellow warblers (many); saw active nest

common yellowthroat; heard many saw one

swainson’s thrush (2); one at front Pkg lot; one past the fork

palm warbler (2); one at front parking lot; one past fork

yellow throated warbler (4 or 5); front parking lot (there every year)

yellow rumped warbler (2 or 3); front parking lot

tree swallows (many); grassland trail

bluebird (1); grassland trail

song sparrows (many)

red winged blackbirds (many)

northern parula (heard not seen); past fork in woods

blue grosbeaks (2); grassland trail. Reported by other birding couple.

 

 

 

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Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Location: SR 132 & SR 131 Williams Corners

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers:

Blackburnian  this morn and the Blue Groesbeak has been around a few days; 3 hummers- Rubys, ,Pileated, Bluebirds, Phoebe, no Tree swallows yet

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Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

2 Great Egrets in the bean field along with 15 GBH most of which looked immature

2 Solitary Sandpiper

1 Scarlett Tanager

1 Barred Owl

3 Swainson’s Thrush

1 Wood Thrush

3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

3 Yellow-breasted Chat

1 Eastern Kingbird

1 male Common Yellowthroat, heard several others

3 Yellow-rumped Warbler

1 Least Flycatcher

1 Bay-breasted Warbler

3 Prothonotary Warbler

5 Turkey Vultures along river bank with 2 Black Vultures looking on from trees

6 Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

NRW Swallow

House Wren

Indigo Bunting

3 Baltimore Oriole

2 immature noisy Orchard Oriole

White-throated Sparrow

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Goldfinch

Catbird

Towhee

2 Mockingbird

Killdeer

1 Eastern Wood Pewee

1 Great-crested Flycatcher

Cliff Swallow

2 Eastern Bluebird

 

 

 

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Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

This am, 2 Green Herons in flooded area next to pond.

1 Prothonotary Warbler at pond, 1 along the trail from overlook to bean field. 2 Northern Waterthrushes

immature Orchard Oriole

Yesterday at Kroger Hills NP 1 Prairie Warbler

1 Wild Turkey flushed from a tree branch

1 Prothonotary Warbler

1 Louisiana Waterthrush

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Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Location: Golden Plover- S Union Rd (Warren Co)

Reporter: Jason Cade

Other observers:

I found an American Golden Plover in a flooded field located on S Union Rd near the Miami Valley Casino in Lebanon, OH. If you are coming south on this road from US 63 look on the left hand side it will be the first dirt flooded field you come to. He was working the back of the pond. I will be posting a checklist with some poor digiscoped photos to Ebird. Great birding!

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Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Location: 5830 Sheits Rd, Colerain Twp Ohio

Reporter: Tom Stettner

Other observers: Frank Vonder Meulen

many Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, both genders. They have been visiting us for several years, but not this many. We had 8 around the feeder at one time. All males. The females are with them, but they hold back a bit till the guys have vacated somewhat.

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Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Location: 5830 Sheits Rd Colerain Twp Ohio

Reporter: Tom Stettner

Other observers: Frank Vonder Meulen

a Yellow-Throated Warbler, another 1st sighting for us in 7 years at this location.

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Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

Location: 5830 Sheits Rd – Colerain Twp Ohio

Reporter: Tom Stettner

Other observers: Frank Vonder Meulen

Red-Head Woodpecker which is a 1st for us in this location for 7 years.

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Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

Location: My Union Twp. backyard

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

I was looking out my window this morning watching a Grosbeak at the suet feeder (had 1 female and 2 males over the weekend) when something unusual scampering across the yard by the creek caught my eye.  Pretty sure it was a mink!

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Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Location: Magrish

Reporter: mark bogosian

Other observers:

Warblers were swarming at Magrish today. Among those I could identify: Blackburnian , Nashville, Chesnut-sided,American Redstart,Palm, and Northern Parula..

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Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Location: Williams corners Rt 131&132

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers:

Bay Breasted, Chestnut sided warblers, Ovenbird, Blue Groesbeaks, resident Red Headed woodpecker, all in the treetops, mid mornin

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Date: Friday, May 5, 2017

Location: Backyard Pierce Township near Ohio River

Reporter: fran kidd

Other observers: Rich

Never had so many grosbeaks! Six males at feeder at one time! Females are also around. Maybe these are some of the youngsters from last year? Got a picture but can’t figure out how to post it. Sorry.

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Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Location: Deerfield Twp, Loveland OH

Reporter: Madge Patrick

Other observers:

Red Breasted Grosebeak (female) at safflower feeder

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Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Heard 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Swainson’s Thrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Warblers:

3 Prothonotary

1 Parula

12 Yellow-rumped

2 Chats

3 BG Gnatcatcher

4 Indigo Bunting

Yesterday am 1 Wild Turkey on Erie Ave frontyard near Hyde Park CC

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Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Location: Magrish Parking lot

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Just spent about 20 minutes at the Magrish parking lot and it was hoppin.  About 4:45 p.m.

Northern Parula

Black and White Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Bay Breasted Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Prothonotary Warbler

Swainsons Thrush

Indigo Bunting

Baltimore Oriole

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren

Robin

Cardinal

 

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Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Location: Withrow Nature Preserve

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

I don’t go here as much as I used to, and since all the Ash trees have come down it’s a very different place.

Took a stroll late morning today and heard more than I saw, the edge is really dense with honeysuckle and trees covered in vines which makes good habitat but poor viewing at times.  That being said there were still a few nice FOS for me.

Blue Grosbeak (near the river over look.)

Great Crested Flycatcher (near the house and amphitheater)

Indigo Bunting

Blue Grey Gnatcatcher

Northern Parula (along the trail to the cell tower)

Yellow Breasted Chat

Scarlet Tananger

Robin

Cardinal

White throated sparrow

Song sparrow

Cowbirds

Goldfinch

Baltimore Oriole

Carolina Wren

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-tailed Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Chickadee

Titmouse

Starlings

Blue Jay

 

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Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Location: Minster, Oh. Lake Loramie State Park

Reporter: Susan Hicks

Other observers:

I have seen and taken pictures of a possible partially leucsitic Red-headed woodpecker at Lake Loramie State Park outside of Minster, Ohio on St. Rt. 362. Go to my Facebook for pictures. Susan Hicks.

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Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Nice late afternoon birding today at Armleder.

Bean field had semi-palmated plovers, greater yellow-legs, spotted sandpiper and least sandpiper.  Near the north edge of the field in the willows were a number of palm warblers and rough-winged, tree and barn swallows were all over the water on the field.

Orchard Oriole

Yellow Breasted Chat

Indigo Bunting

Song Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Meadowlark

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Mallard

Yellow throated warbler

House Wren

Prothonotary warbler

Warbling Vireo

I know I’m forgetting  a few more but I forgot my pencil and paper.

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