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The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

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: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the Hickory Trail in the north woods.

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Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Location: Spring Valley and Caesar Creek

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Boardwalk still closed, saw

1 Hermit Thrush

4 Brown Creepers

1 Golden-crowned Kinglet

White-throated Sparrows

Blackbirds

Cardinals

Horseman Camp at CC

17 Dark-eyed Juncos

2 Northern Flickers

Beach

2 Ring-billed Gulls

8 CG s

4 Tree Swallows

3 Eastern Meadowlarks

2 Grackles

Wetland area

1 Sandhill flyover heard first.

1 Towhee

3 Red-shouldered Hawks

5 Turkey Vultures

13 Black Vultures

5 Crows

1 Red-tailed Hawk being chased by the crows.

1 GBH

Field, White-throated, and Song Sparrows

Gorge Trail upper area

1 male Yellow-rumped Warbler

2 Pileated Woodpeckers

1 Hermit Thrush

3 Eastern Bluebirds

3 Brown Creepers

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Field Sparrow

Yesterday at Armleder found 1 Vesper Sparrow thanks to the earlier posts. Running and disappearing with little cover, even with binos could hardly see the bird 10 yards away.

White-throated Sparrows

Tree Swallows

3 Meadowlarks

3 Mockingbirds

lake behind Crossroads Church

2 Northern Shovelers

4 Hooded Mergansers

2 Lesser Scaup

1 American Wigeon

2 Mallards

Avoca

White-throated Sparrows

Kroger Park

7 Goldfinch

1 Towhee

White-throated Sparrows

Tree Swallows

Soccer fields near Derbyshire

2 Meadowlarks

3 Mockingbirds

Kelley NP

White-throated Sparrows

Cardinals

Chickadees

2 Red-shouldered Hawks above the river

 

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Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

Location: Fernald

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Wild Turkey tom in full courtship display with 3 hens looking on along River Rd in a farmers field. 1 Sandhill Crane low flyover

5 Brown Thrashers

9 Eastern Meadowlarks

several Field, Song Sparrows

3 Goldfinch

2 Eastern Bluebirds

1 Red-tailed Hawk

2 N. Mockingbirds

6 Brown-headed Cowbirds

several Tree Swallows

2 Northern Shovelers

Gadwall

1 Pie-billed Grebe

Lesser Scaup

2 Greater Scaup

1 GBH

2 Mute Swan

Blue-winged Teal

Wood Duck

Mallard

Canada Goose

Hooded Merganser

American Coot

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

Crow

Carolina Wren

Eastern Towhee

Found target bird at Gilmore yesterday as rain started, 2 singing Eastern Phoebes. Lots of GBH and Cormorants on the nests.

 

 

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Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

Location: Gilmore

Reporter: Gary Becker

Other observers: na

Ponds are filling up.   Short loop around gave up lots or redwing blackbirds and sparrows, a pair of wood ducks, northern shoveler, a ringneck and some teal.  Great horned owl was perched, a pair of bluebirds, a flicker, a Downey, with cormorants and Blue Herons roosting in numbers. Add in a few deer, a beaver and an otter made for a nice stroll.

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Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Jonathan Frodge

Found 6 Vesper Sparrows in mowed field next to the soccer fields. Carefully scan the field and you should find them. They are runners more than flyers.

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Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Dave Ackerman

Other observers:

Long Billed Dowitchers at the bean field along with blue wing teal, mallard’s and Canada Geese.  GHO was calling from the northern tree line near the land fill and the beaver was out swimming in the overflow pond.

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Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Sharon Woods

Reporter: Robert Pickford

Other observers: Linda Harig

Six Eastern Phoebe hunting from low branches over the water at different points on the lakeshore.

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Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Location: Fernbank Park, Saylor Park

Reporter: Kathy McDonald

Other observers: Ned Keller

We had some good activity last night coming over the Ohio river: 100 Cormorants, 50 Turkey Vultures, about 100 Black Vultures.

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Date: Monday, March 20, 2017

Location: East Fork South Beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: Ric Payne for a while

Waiting for the rain at East Fork SB this afternoon. As soon as it started raining, a flock of 9 Pectoral Sandpipers briefly landed on the mud/grass/beach. It rained like for 1 minute. As soon as the rain stopped, they took off. I did not have a scope, but did not see scoters of any species. Did see Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Northern Shoveler, RB Merg, Bald Eagles, AM Pipit flyover, Horned Lark flyover, Tree Swallow flyover.

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Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Paula Stenger

Waterfowl migration was obvious this evening at the Winton Woods Settling Pond. Some of the species seen there from 6:15 thru 6:45 included the following: Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 1, Gadwall 80, Mallard 30, Redhead 15, Ring-necked Duck 90, Lesser Scaup 3, Bufflehead 12, Common Goldeneye 1, Hooded Merganser 11, Ruddy Duck 3, Horned Grebe 1, American Coot 4, Great Blue Heron 2, Tree Swallow 50+, Brown Thrasher 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, and Golden-crowned Kinglet 1.

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Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Paula Stenger

We made a quick visit to Fernald Preserve from 5:15 to 5:50 this late afternoon. Lots of migratory waterfowl were seen on Lodge Pond and on the two small ponds that can be viewed from the main road. These were the only places we looked and I can imagine the many other area ponds also held lots of waterfowl. Some of the species we saw included the following: Gadwall 70, American Wigeon 10, Mallard 50+, Ring-necked Duck 70, Bufflehead 12, Lesser Scaup 5, Mute Swan 2, Canada Geese, Pied-billed Grebe 2, American Coot 15, Tree Swallows 15, American Kestrel 2, and Red-tailed Hawk 3.

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Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: The Oxbow Area

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Paula Stenger

Unable to participate on the Oxbow Inc. field trip scheduled earlier this Sunday morning, we decided to make a late afternoon visit to the area. We were able to find decent numbers of migrant waterfowl in a few scattered locations in the Oxbow area.

Oxbow Lake: There was a large raft of around 100 ducks consisting almost entirely of Ring-necked Ducks (80) but which also included Gadwall (20) and a few Lesser Scaup (4). Four 4 American Coots, 1 Herring Gull, 8 Ring-billed Gulls, 20+ Great Blue Herons and an American Kestrel were also seen in the Oxbow.

State Line Pond: This private borrow pit, located on State Line Road and adjacent to Indian Springs Campgrounds was covered with migratory waterfowl this late afternoon. Most notable were 80+ Northern Shovelers, but other ducks and water birds were also present and included Ring-necked Duck 30, Lesser Scaup 6, Bufflehead 6, a scattering of Mallards and Canada Geese, Pied-billed Grebe 2, American Coot 28, and an American Kestrel perched on a nearby wire.

Hidden Valley Lake: A large raft of 110 American Coots and 4 Lesser Scaup were busy feeding near the Boat Ramp and Dam. 3 Common Loons were seen on the lake just off the swimming beach.

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Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Sharon Woods, March 17 and March 19

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

March 17: brown creeper, pileated woodpecker, belted kingfisher, wood duck.

March 19: wood duck, ring-necked duck, blue-winged teal, pied-billed grebe.

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Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Location: Winton Woods Parcour Trail Station 12 (in the Pines)

Reporter: Rick Marra

Other observers: Just me

Two Pine Warblers singing in the Pines about 30′ up.  Also Pileated Woodpecker, Towhee, Cooper’s Hawk.

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Date: Monday, March 13, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Stanley Hedeen

Other observers:

Spring migrants: tree swallow, green-winged teal, phoebe, rusty blackbird

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Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Location: Magrish

Reporter: Frank Renfrow

Other observers:

There was a Brown Creeper at Magrish, viewed from parking lot this past Wednesday.

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Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Location: Winton Woods parcourse trail

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: One other birder

Singing Pine Warbler in the back end of the Pine woods.

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Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: Williams Corner Rt132 & 131

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers:

first Brown Creeper circling up a tree today

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Date: Friday, March 10, 2017

Location: Voice of America

Reporter: Jim Terlinden

Other observers: Patricia Terlinden

1 Immature Bald Eagle over the soccer fields @ 2:43

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Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Location: Fernald Preserve

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

5 Bald eagles (2 Adult, 1 3rd yr, 1 2nd yr and 1 unknown immature) were a new high count (that I know of) for the preserve. Last week I saw the 3rd year and 2nd year bird doing some half-hearted aerial talon clasping. I don’t think I recall ever seeing immature birds partake in courtship behavior before.

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Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Location: Miller Nature Sanctuary (Highland Co.)

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers:

Snow Trillium blooming at Miller Nature Sanctuary in late February. Also had Hepatica blooming then.

Trillium Nivale - Snow Trillium

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Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017

Location: Adams County

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other observers: Kathy McDonald

A pine warbler was singing on his usual territory at our cabin, about two miles south of Lynx.

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Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Location: North Sycamore Twp.

Reporter: M Murphy

Other observers:

At my feeder: Woodpeckers (RB,Downy,NF), Caroline wrens & chickadees, Goldfinchs,T titmice.

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Date: Friday, December 16, 2016

Location: Summit Park, Blue Ash

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers:

Observed about 50 sandhill cranes flying east to west over Summit Park at about 3:15 pm.  Two V formations.   Very noisy,

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Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016

Location: Caesar’s Creek Harveysburg

Reporter: bob foppe

Other observers:

36 White Pelicans were sitting on at the end of the road around 1000. 81 Sandhill Cranes were headed south low over the lake just before this.

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Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Location: North Sycamore Twp.

Reporter: M Murphy

Other observers:

Red Breasted Nuthatch. First ever at this feeder.

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Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Location: Florence, KY

Reporter: Mark Stephens

Other observers: Cathy Stephens

Red Breasted Nuthatch at feeder. A first for our location.

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Date: Monday, November 14, 2016

Location: Walton Creek Rd, Cincinnati

Reporter: Heather Snyder

Other observers:

A pair of Bald Eagles were seen in a large sycamore above Walton Creek!

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Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Location: Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Debra Hausrath

Other observers: 11 other enthusiastic birders

It was a chilly but lovely morning for birding, and the parking lot area was very bird-y as people arrived for the walk.   We birded from 8-10:00 AM.  Highlights included a young Red-headed Woodpecker near the dock on Crosley Lake, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers near the Playscape.

Trip List:

Canada Goose

Mallard

Mourning Dove

Rock Pigeon

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

Am. Crow

Tufted Titmouse

Carolina Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Am. Robin

No. Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

No. Cardinal

Eastern Towhee

White-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Common Grackle

House Finch

Am. Goldfinch

 

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Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

Location: redheaded woodpecker

Reporter: harry nieman

Other observers:

TPC Rivers Bend

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Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Location: Sharonville near Sharon Woods

Reporter: Jim Terlinden

Other observers:

2 Red-breasted Nuthatches at our birdbath.
1 junco under a thistle feeder (FOS)

Thanks, Ned, for fixing the sightings log.

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Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pit

Reporter: James Rettig

Other observers:

67 Greater White-fronted Geese. All field marks seen. Carefully counted. All flew off as I opened the car trunk to get my scope. Also 91 Canadas, highest number in two months, very shy group.

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Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Location: East Fork south beach

Reporter: Donald Morse

Other observers: 3

Of note:  1 Black-bellied Plover (took off and did not return), 2 Dunlin, 2 Horned Grebes far out on lake, 1 Savannah Sparrow west beach.

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Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Location: My Union Twp. backyard

Reporter: Amber Latham

Other observers:

Red-breasted Nuthatch at the peanut feeder on my  back deck.

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Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers: Karen Noel, Kirk Westendorf, Mike Busam, Charlie Saunders, Bob Lacker, Steve Bobonick, and others.

Saw three to four Nelson’s Sparrows this morning. Three sightings were in the cattails and reeds  surrounding the canal and one sighting was on  the left side of the large stand of willows. Got good looks at two of them in the morning light.  All the sparrow activity seemed to be over by 10:00 a.m.

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Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands

Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro

Other observers:

Ellis was full of sparrows this morning. The highlight was a Henslow’s Sparrow right next to the parking lot circle, and 2 Nelson’s Sparrows in the leftmost field in-between the two willows (where the canal runs perpendicular to the parking lot).

Other highlights included:
5+ White-crowned Sparows, 3 White-throated Sparrows, 3 Field Sparrows, 1 American Tree Sparrow, 15+ Swamp Sparrows, 2 Lincoln’s Sparrow, 1 Savannah Sparrow, 1 Palm Warbler, and 1 Wilson’s Snipe.

 

 

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Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

Location: Ellis wetlands

Reporter: Steve Bobonick

Other observers:

Based on David Brinkman’s report of Nelson’s Sparrows at Ellis Wetlands in Butler County, I dropped by Friday evening and was successful. I also flushed an American Bittern. Other sparrows noted were many Swamp and Song and one Lincoln’s.

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Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016

Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands

Reporter: Mike Busam

Other observers: Steve Bobonick, Bob Lacker, Charlie Saunders

There were two Henslow’s Sparrows at Ellis Lake yesterday (Sunday, October 9).

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Date: Monday, October 10, 2016

Location: Fernald and Caesar Creek

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Saturday at Fernald: Eastern Bluebirds

lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers

3 Eastern Phoebes

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

2 American Kestrels on the blind

Belted Kingfisher

Pie-billed Grebe

GBH

5 Eastern Meadowlarks

Swamp, White-throated, Field Sparrow

Caesar Creek on Sunday:

2 Red-breasted Nuthatches

7 Golden-crowned Kinglets

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

GC Cormorant

Ring-billed Gull

3 Belted Kingfishers

 

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Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Location: Glenwood Gardens Park

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers: Dianne Otten

Yellow-throated vireo

Cape may warbler

Possible Connecticut warbler

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