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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: Monday, September 11, 2017

Location: Bass Island

Reporter: mark bogosian

Other observers:

A swarm of Warblers blew through here around 10:30 AM: Northern Parula, Black-throated green, Blackburnian, American Redstart, Bay-breasted, and Tennessee.

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Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Location: Blue Ash Sycamore area

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Several Common Nighthawks flying over I-71 near Tri-Health and more spotted flying directly over Cooper Rd. towards Jr. High and over Pipkens, all seen 9/5/17. 3 Cormorants on Lake Isabella on 9/3/2017, 1 had a large fish it could not swallow and the others tried their best unsuccessfully to steal it, also 37 Turkey Vultures on the power tower and 1 Black Vulture flyover, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, 1 Pileated, several Goldfinch.

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Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Location: Pierce Township backyard

Reporter: fran kidd

Other observers: Richard Kidd

This is the longest ever that we still have rose breasted grosbeaks at our feeders. Have seen both males and females. Coloring seems to suggest they are youngsters. Saw a female this morning.

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Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017

Location: Greenbriar Rd. Batavia

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

Lots of Common Nighthawks flying around between 7 and 7:30. Usually I’ve seen them flying over during migration. This group was definitely on the prowl for dinner.

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Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Location: East Fork WA off 133 End of Bethel-Concord off Clover Rd

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Many

The Little Blue Heron remains as of today.  Also, for at least the last couple days, there is also a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT in the area there as well.  Bird photographed.  A Wilson’s Phalarope was seen on Saturday at this location, but was not relocated.  Also, 10 Blue-winged Teal flyover.

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Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Location: East Fork State Park south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: many

Saturday:  1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Least Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral SP, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Black Tern, 6 Common Terns

Yesterday had 1 Short-billed Dowitcher.  Also, the Little Blue Heron continues today at the end of Bethel-Concord road.

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Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Michael Gertz

Other observers:

Had a few nice waves of Warblers at Armleder early AM highlighted by a Mourning Warbler at the end of the trail to the right at Canoe Launch. Multiple Black-and-white, Prothonatary, Bay-breasted, Overbird, Tennessee, Blackburnian, and Redstart. YB Cuckoo, Bald Eagle, and a few silent Empids as well.

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Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Location: E-town Bridge

Reporter: Jason Cade

Other observers:

Passing this along on behalf of my dad, Neill Cade. He’s currently down at the dirt pits looking at 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers & an American Golden-Plover molting out of alternate plumage

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Date: Friday, September 1, 2017

Location: Home – Erlanger, KY

Reporter: Helen Wright-North

Other observers: Bill Littleford

We’ve had a small fallout at our home in Erlanger.  Yesterday we had a mourning warbler and today, Sept. 1:  Ovenbird, Blue-winged warbler, black and white warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, American Restart among our usual.  Oven, chestnut, blue are 1st appearances in our yard!! Photos on E-bird.

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Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Location: home

Reporter: Helen Wright-North

Other observers:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_NMCV_dXDs3eDdxTm9mU1pNazQ

Here’s the link.

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Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Location: Home, backyard erlanger, KY

Reporter: Helen Wright-North

Other observers: Just Bill, alone

Need help figuring this bird out.  Is it a female Mourning?  Is it a Macgillivray’s?  Which isn’t supposed to be here or near here.

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Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Location: East Fork SP, end of Bethel-Concord off Clover Rd.

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Via other birders

Just FYI, there has been an immature Little Blue Heron hanging out in the headwaters of the lake for the last three days.  Photographed today.  This is in the wildlife area (off st rt 133 between Bethel and Williamsburg)

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Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017

Location: Elizabethtown Bridge, Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: None

8:00 AM – Very little water is present in the “dirt pits” near the bridge. Nevertheless, it was still enough to attract 29 Great Blue Herons, 28 Great Egrets, 1 Green Heron, 8 Turkey Vultures, 3 Black Vultures, 5 Killdeer, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 11 Horned Larks, 30+ Barn Swallows, and 20+ Rough-winged Swallows. From the bridge over the Great Miami River: 1 Osprey, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Belted Kingfishers, & 6 Killdeer.

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Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017

Location: Stonegate, Anderson Township

Reporter: Jen Jams

Other observers:

– two Carolina wrens on back patio

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Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Location: Winton Woods & Settling Pond

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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Date: Monday, August 21, 2017

Location: Combs-Hehl Bridge- Cincinnati Ohio

Reporter: Stacy Foster

Other observers:

I saw 1 bald eagle flying east of the bridge close to the Ohio side (California, Ohio)

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Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Location: Miami Whitewater Forest

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

2 female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Summer Tanager

Brown Thrasher

Summer Tanager

RT Hummingbird

Catbird

Towhee

C Chickadee

Goldfinch

Acadian Flycatcher

3 Eastern Phoebes

several Eastern Wood Pewee calling

close look at Pileated drilling on a dead stand and eating

 

 

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Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Location: East Fork Laughing Gull correction

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

Expert birder Jen Brumfield caught that my pic of an adult was a FRANKLIN’S GULL and not a Laughing.  The 5 juveniles ARE LAUGHING.  They were hanging together, which threw me off.  Thanks to Jen for catching that, I haven’t seen LAGU and FRGU together before, gave me all kinds of mixed signals.

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Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Location: East Fork State Park south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Tyler Ficker and others

6 Laughing Gulls on beach with RB Gulls.   Still there but being chased by people when I left at 3pm ish.  1 molting adult and 5 fresh juveniles.  Pictures obtained of all birds.

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Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017

Location: Miami Meadows, Milford OH

Reporter: sharon cates

Other observers: Brian Cates

Double Crested Cormorant on a branch sticking out of the main pond. Seemed completely unconcerned about the walkers, bikers, and fishermen. This is not a large body of water either but there are definitely fish in it. We watched it for at least 10 minutes and it didn’t show any signs of going anywhere. Good views as the bird was only about 50 feet from the bank.

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Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

The cold front set up just to our south this morning made for some good shorebirds at Lost Bridge. I made 2 stops around 8:30 and 11:30 with a few more birds later in the morning.

6 Semipalmated Plover
12+ Killdeer
1 Stilt Sandpiper
1 Sanderling
31 Least Sandpiper
10 Semipalmated Sandpiper
14 Pectoral Sandpiper
5 Short-billed Dowitcher
13+ Spotted Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
4 Lesser Yellowlegs

Pretty nice collection for July!

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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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