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Sightings Log

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Date: Monday, November 20, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

Good numbers of sparrows: song, swamp, white-throated, white-crowned, field, and several fox.

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Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Location: Brookville Lake

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Audubon Society Field Trip, several observers

The Audubon Society field trip to Brookville Reservoir today looked like it might be a bust if the predicted weather forecast came to fruition. I am glad to say it did not. Skies were overcast but we didn’t have a drop of rain and the strongest winds didn’t occur until the trip was over.

Only 6 hardy birders threw caution to the winds (pun intended) and showed up for the trip. All things considered we had a great day. Highlights included Snow Goose, Peregrine Falcon 300 Sandhill Cranes and large numbers of Bonaparte’s Gulls and Hooded Mergansers. Thanks to Joe Bens, Chris Moran, Darlena Graham, Heather Farrington and Larry Bowdre for their contributions to a fun day and great birding. Joe and I went over the list and we may have missed something others had, but our trip list total stands at 57 species.

Birds observed today were as follows: Snow Goose 1, Canada Goose 160, Gadwall 3, Mallard 15, Redhead 18, Bufflehead 2, Hooded Merganser 260, Ruddy Duck 3, Wild Turkey 7, Common Loon 9, Pied-billed Grebe 22, Double-crested Cormorant 17, Great Blue Heron 16, Black Vulture 100, Turkey Vulture 50~, Bald Eagle 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 8, American Kestrel 3, Peregrine Falcon 1, American Coot 45, Sandhill Crane 300+, Killdeer 3, Dunlin 7, Bonaparte’s Gull 3,500, Ring-billed Gull 500, Rock Pigeon 20, Mourning Dove 65, Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 8, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 4,  American Crow 90, Horned Lark 20, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 (very late, good looks), Carolina Chickadee 10~, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 6, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Eastern Bluebird 9, American Robin 30, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 250, Cedar Waxwing 45, Song Sparrow 4, White-throated Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 10+, Northern Cardinal 8, Red-winged Blackbird 25, Rusty Blackbird 15, Common Grackle 10, House Finch 15, American Goldfinch 5, House Sparrow 8.

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Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Location: Casear Creek

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Trail behind Nature Center, mature Bald Eagle

4 Hooded Mergansers

1 GBH

1 Bonapartes Gull

Ring-billed Gulls

small group of Yellow-rumped Warblers

Brown Creeper

GC Kinglet

RC Kinglet

Song Sparrow

Crows

WB Nuthatch

Titmouse

C Chickadee

Mourning Dove

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco

Wellman Boat Launch, large group of Yellow-rumped Warlbers

3 Black Vultures

a mix of Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Flicker, Yellow-rumped Warlbers, C Wrens, Bluejays, Titmouse, Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker

1 Sharp-shinned Hawk close by watching the mix

several large flocks of Starlings along the I-71

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Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Location: East Fork SP south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

1 American White Pelican landed on the south beach today at about 3pm.  Also, 1 bufflehead, 1 dunlin . The pelican flew east not to return.

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Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

Saw one Short-eared Owl come out of the North field at 5:50 p.m. It flew low over the North field then gained altitude and flew South towards Lunken. Hopefully it will stick around this Winter.

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Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Cloudy day yesterday, much like today but saw some nice birds at Fernald in the early afternoon.

Harrier, Red Tailed Hawk, Red shouldered Hawk, Meadowlark, Song Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow.  Ring-necked ducks, Gadwall, Mallard, Pie-billed Grebe, Widgeon, Coot, Canada Goose.  Had two bald eagles at the river by lost bridge as well as golden crowned kinglet, Junco, goldfinch, wt. throated sparrow, titmouse, downy wp, white breasted nuthatch down by the boat ramp.  Oxbow had dozens of Great Egrets, great blue herons, cormorants as well as ring necked ducks,  some green winged teal and a hand full of Gadwall.  Also two more pie-billed grebes.

 

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Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Location: Loveland/Symmes Township back yard

Reporter: Jerry Lippert

Other observers:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the yard today.  Approximately a week earlier in the third week of October we also had our first Brown Creeper of the year and two Eastern Phoebes.

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Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Location: East Fork South Beach

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: David Dankovic, Sharon Pawlowski, Steve Barnett

75 Dunlin and a Pectoral Sandpiper on the east end of South Beach.
Also Killdeer and a mixed flock of about 300 Bonaparte’s and Ring-billed Gulls and one Juvenile Herring Gull

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Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Location: East Fork State Park South Beach

Reporter: Bill Stanley

Other observers:

3 Franklin’s Gulls, 3 Dunlin and 1 Greater Yellowlegs at the beach. 2 Hermit Thrushes at the Prairie trail (Turkey Trail)

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Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers:

9 Common Loons right off beach, a handful of Horned Grebes way out in middle with unknown waterfowl (good waterfowl movement way out, but no scope), 1 Greater Yellowlegs west cove, 100+ Am. Coot, 1 Franklin’s Gull.

The Franklin’s Gull came in as I was about to leave. It landed on the beach briefly. As I thought I may of seen 2, I was preparing to take a picture when over my shoulder not 3 ft. was a drone that flew very low over the gulls and myself spooking them. The 1, possibly 2 Franklin’s Gull never did come back.

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Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Location: Armleder Park Ohio

Reporter: james lundberg

Other observers:

A lot of early morning activity seen from a wide margin along the wood line and “Bean Field” — Lincoln’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Indigo Bunting.

Palm Warbler by the North Mowed Path.

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Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Location: Gilmore Ponds & “Big Pond”

Reporter: Mike Busam

Other observers: Charlie Saunders, Bob Lacker

Charlie Saunders, Bob Lacker and I walked through Gilmore Ponds and the Big Pond area west of Bypass four. Birding was slow, but wherever there was smartweed, and there’s a lot of smartweed in these locations, there were Bronze Copper butterflies. There were dozens of them between the two sites. An adult Bald Eagle on a dead tree near Bypass 4 at Big Pond was a nice treat.

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Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Location: East Fork south beach storm fallout

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Kevin Mahoney briefly

1 Red Phalarope (Photos obtained), 1 Long-billed Dowitcher (Photos obtained), 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Black-bellied Plovers, 2 American Golden Plovers, 3 Semipalmated sandpipers, 1 Spotted Sp

Photos on Facebook Cincinnati Birders.  I can’t seem to get them to work on this board.

 

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Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Location: Ellis Lakes

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers:

NELSON’S SPARROW. Two brief looks. Also, good look at HENSLOW’S SPARROW. Other sparrow species included Song, Swamp, Lincoln’s and Field. Marsh and Sedge Wrens still present. Upon arrival at 7:30, I flushed a small rail. My best guess is Sora.

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Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Location: Otto Armleder

Reporter: Ric Payne

Other observers: Steve Barnett

4 Lincoln’s Sparrows north field.
3 between soccer field and asphalt path, south end.
One at the east end of the mowed path.
Moving w/ mixed flocks of Song Sparrows, Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings and Palm Warblers.

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Date: Monday, October 2, 2017

Location: Fort Thomas

Reporter: james lundberg

Other observers:

Yardbirds:

1 October – Nashville Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Scarlet Tanager.

2 October – Peregrine Falcon. Juvenile soaring with hardly half a wingbeat to gain a couple hundred feet and sail south at a good clip.

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Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Location: Ellis Lakes

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers: None

LE CONTE’S SPARROW. found in the first patch of cattails passed the Willow stand. Also, Sedge and Marsh Wren and (2) Lincoln’s Sparrows. Plus (2) Wilson’s Snipe.

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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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