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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: 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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Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Location: Loveland Ohio

Reporter: John Robinson

Other observers:

First of the season humming bird. A little late this year

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Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Location: Stonelick lake- beach area

Reporter: Lee Gruber

Other observers:

two quibling Kingbirds, Louisianna thrush, Swainsons thrush, Baltimore oriole, Song sparrow, swallows out on the lake,GBH, couple of spotted sandpipers on the beach itself,

all in 30 minutes, and midday

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Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Location: Cleves Community Park, Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: Kim Cade

Heard a familiar call while driving through and stopped to locate 3 adult Red-headed Woodpeckers in the trees around the BMX track. Both orioles were also present along with Yellow-throated Warblers, Warbling Vireos, and an Eastern Phoebe. In the flooded field north of the main east-west road were 4 Blue-winged Teal, 2 beautiful Short-billed Dowitchers, and 1 singing Horned Lark.

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Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Eric Burkholder

Other observers:

There were three male Bobolinks foraging  amongst the dandelions in the north soccer field. They were between the unmowed area and the soccer goals. Also had a first summer male Blue Grosbeak in the trees below the U. S. Bank building. Be careful driving in because there were Killdeer chick’s running around on the main road.

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Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: Jonathan Goolsby

Other observers:

Many Green herons

1 immature Bald eagle

20+ Double-crested cormorants

1 Osprey

2 Prothonotary warblers

2 Warbling vireos

1 American coot

1 Palm warbler (probable)

Many Song sparrows

5 Indigo buntings

1 Oriole (probably Baltimore)

Several Great blue herons

1 American goldfinch

1 Hooded warbler (likely)

1 Egret (undetermined type) or American pelican

4 Caspian terns (2 nesting pairs)

Several Black vultures

ALSO, at Lost Bridge:

Cliff swallows

1 Spotted sandpiper

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Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Swainson’s Thrush at canoe launch

1 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Kingbird at pond

Discovered 1 Prothonotary Warbler nest with activity, counted 3 pairs today.

1 immature Bald Eagle at bean field.

loads of Butter Butts

1 Catbird

2 Chats

1 Mockingbird

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

NRW Swallow

Brown Thrasher

Indigo Buntings

House Wrens

1 Red-headed Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebirds

Baltimore Oriole

Orchard Orioles, 3 females

several shorebirds, need a scope

Wood Duck

BG Gnatcatcher

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Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Location: Miami Whitewater Forest-Oakleaf Trail

Reporter: Adam McCosham

Other observers:

1 Wood Thrush

2 Eastern Towhee

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

3 American Robin

2 Northern Flicker

1 Pileated Woodpecker

1 Red-headed Woodpecker

4 Northern Cardinal

4 White Throated Sparrow

1 Great Blue Heron

2 Wood Duck

1 Mallard

2 Blue Gray Gnatcatchers

1 Carolina Wren

2 Blue Jay

2 Red-bellied Woodpecker

2 American Goldfinch

1 Brown headed Cowbird

1 Turkey Vulture

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Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Location: Loveland

Reporter: Madge Patrick

Other observers:

Red Breasted Grosbeak (male) at feeder

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Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Location: Lexington, Ohio

Reporter: Darlene Hassinger

Other observers:

Orioles sighted at 8:00 am at our feeder today.

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Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Location: Armleder

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Today lots of activity.

8 Yellow Warblers

2 Catbirds

1 Orchard Oriole

1 Yellow-breasted Chat

2 Eastern Phoebes

2 Baltimore Orioles in orange flight

1 Indigo Bunting chasing a Goldfinch

1 Prothonotary Warbler

3 Yellow-rumped Warblers

Yesterday at Armleder

1 Osprey

1 Spotted Sandpiper

2 Red-headed Woodpeckers

Palm Warbler

Bluebirds

Catbirds

YB Chat

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Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Location: Sharon Woods

Reporter: Mark Otten

Other observers:

Palm warbler

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Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

Location: Symmes Township/Loveland area back yard

Reporter: Jerry Lippert

Other observers:

Still have 6 White-throated Sparrows coming to our feeder area taking seed.

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Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Location: Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

Had a nice day and some good finds:

5 Ceruluen Warblers

1 Blue-winged Warbler

1 American Redstart

4 White-eyed Vireos

1 Red-eyed Vireo

1 Common Yellowthroat

3 Northern Parula

1 Indigo Bunting at canoe launch

1 Wood Thrush

1 Great-crested Flycatcher

3 Yellow-breasted Chats

3 House Wrens

2 Eastern Bluebirds

1 Eastern Phoebe

1 Pileated Woodpecker

2 Black Vultures

3 Red-tailed Hawks

3 BG Gnatcatchers

1 GBH

 

 

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Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Location: Cincinnati Nature Center

Reporter: Jonathan Goolsby

Other observers:

Peckerpalooza! At one point, had Red-headed woodpecker, Hairy woodpecker, Red-bellied woodpecker AND a downy all at the same feeder next to the Vistor’s Center.

Also:

Wood thrush, Eastern bluebird, Eastern phoebe, White-throated sparrows, Field sparrows, Tufted titmice, super pretty male Common grackle.

On the way here, saw an Osprey next to Grand Valley. Probable bunch of Purple martins, too.

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Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Location: Kelley Nature Preserve

Reporter: Paul Carlson

Other observers:

1 Wild Turkey on trail along the open field

1 Spotted Sandpiper along river in upstream part of NP

1 Yellow-throated Warbler

4 Northern Parula

1 Baltimore Oriole

1 Yellow-rumped Warbler

White-throated Sparrow

Towhee

Chickadee

Pileated calling

Yesterday am at Armleder

7 Prothonotary Warblers some on the ground feeding

2 Red-headed Woodpeckers on this side of river

12 Yellow-rumped Warblers

2 Baltimore Orioles

7 WoodDucks

1 GBH

3 Belted Kingfishers

1 Palm Warbler

2 Eastern Bluebirds

7 House Wrens

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Goldfinch

House Finch

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