Oxbow, Inc.

 

Protecting and Preserving Wetlands

P.O. Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Phone: 812-290-2941

 

Recent Sightings in the Oxbow - 2015

 

 

 

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2015

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: David Carr

There were two Greater White-fronted Geese hanging out with the Canadas this morning at the Oxbow. They were in a pond in the far southwest corner of the area.

 

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Location: Shallow Pool next to Lost Bridge

Reporter: John Hines

Other observers: M J Hines

8 Sand Hill Cranes, 1 American Kestral

 

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Location: Oxbow, Lost Bridge

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

Other observers: Jack Stenger and Oxbow field trip participants

Results of today’s Oxbow field trip, led by Jack Stenger;

Approximately 22 participants met at the upper parking area of the Oxbow at 8:30am. It started out cold (38 degrees), but warmed quickly. Bright sun and no wind made for an enjoyable morning of birding. We were unable to get through to Jackpot Pond; the roadway beyond the overlook area is basically impassable. After birding the Oxbow itself, we visited Hidden Valley Lake and then concluded the trip with a stop at Lost Bridge.

 

For me, the most amazing sight of the day was the mixed flock of pipits and larks at the Oxbow. Jack estimated 220 birds, and figured about 90% of them were pipits. The large, rolling flock did a fly-by, then split into two groups, each of which made another pass. Some of the birds flew practically over our heads, and I think all of us were able to hear the “pip-it” call notes. eBird flipped out and flagged me for a high number, but I just replied “because Jack said so.”

Trip lists below; allowing for repeats, I totaled 36 species.

Oxbow (26 species):

Canada Goose

American Black Duck

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Pied-billed Grebe (1)

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret (1)

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Cooper’s Hawk

Killdeer

Belted Kingfisher

American Crow

Horned Lark

Carolina Chickadee

Tu

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

American Goldfinch

Lost Bridge (12 species):

Great Blue Heron

Cooper’s Hawk

Bald Eagle (5)

Greater Yellowlegs (1)

Dunlin (1)

Bonaparte’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon

Downy Woodpecker

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)

Song Sparrow

American Goldfinch fted Titmouse

American Robin

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Pipit

American Tree Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

 

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015

Reporter: Gary Stegner

Other Observers: 14 Oxbow Bird Walk Participants

By my count we ended up with 43 species. Highlights were bald eagles (6), osprey, peregrine falcons, red-tailed, Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks, kingfishers, green heron, pipit, northern shoveler, horned lark, yellow bellied sapsucker, gc kinglet, palm warbler, yr warbler, Lincoln’s, swamp, song and white crowned sparrows. I almost forgot the sandhill cranes.

 

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

I dropped down to Lost Bridge to find 10 White-rumped Sandpipers (my 300th Ohio bird), 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, and at least 25 Killdeer.

Also 1 Osprey, 2 imnmature Bald Eagles.

 

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015

Location: Lawrenceburg Road/Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jeff Rowe

There were at least 5 White-rumped , one Buff-breasted, 1 Stilt Sandpipers, 5 Lesser Yellowlegs, and at least 1 Rusty Blackbird on the sandbar under the bridge this morning. I also saw 1 Osprey and 2 Bald Eagles fishing the river.

 

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Location: Lost bridge on river

Reporter: Frank Frick

The shore birds seem to have moved from the top soil pit to the river over the past few days. Seen today 1 stilt sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 12 white-rumped sandpipers, 1 buff-breasted sandpiper, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 4 lesser yellowlegs, 3 greater yellowlegs, 1 wilsons snipe, many killdeer

 

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Lehman

2 White-rumped still present. 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Killdeer. South side of bridge near west side toward Elixabethtown near rocks and brick-brack. At first hard to see standing still at about 3:30. Feeding when I left at about 4:00 and could easily see the elongated primaries beyond tail tip and white rump.

 

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015

Location: Lost bridge

Reporter: Frank Frick

From bridge one dunlin, one stilt sandpiper, five lesser yellowlegs, two white-rumped sandpipers, two semipalmated plovers, lots of killdeer. seen at around 11am.

 

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Donald Martin

Other observers: Rodney Crice

In sky pool: Black-bellied Plover (1) and Stilt Sandpiper (1).

In river below bridge: Stilt Sandpiper (1), Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1), Pectoral Sandpiper (5), Greater Yellowlegs (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (1), Least Sandpiper (2), Killdeer (many).

Two immature Bald Eagles.

 

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: John & Leigh Dovel

Spotted a fall juvenile American Golden Plover at the near edge of the forward pond along Lawrenceburg Road this afternoon about 2:30.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxmtskRNoGKGWWxkVGRmWTAtUUU/view?usp=sharing

 

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jack Stenger

This evening at Lost Bridge I saw an immature cormorant that could **possibly** be a Neotropic Cormorant. Emphasis on the possibly. I saw it on the back left shore of the second mud pit south of Lawrenceburg Rd. It was standing next to a Double-crested Cormorant and was noticeably smaller (~20%), slimmer and darker, with perhaps a slightly longer tail (proportionately). I could not resolve any details of the gular patch or supraloral area to confirm the ID either way – it was too far. Around 6 p.m. this bird and the DCCO it was with flew south towards the Oxbow. I spent an hour at the Oxbow later in the evening and did not relocate this bird amidst the 157 roosting Double-crested Cormorants.

Most of the shorebirds here were at the front of the second pond and obstructed by the dirt isthmus. Every few minutes the birds would fly and the Black-bellied Plover and 2 Sanderlings were easy to pick out.

 

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jack Stenger

Black-bellied Plover on mud pit along with 2 Sanderlings.

 

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Ethan Rising

Other observers: Liz Rising

Buff-breasted Sandpiper still around today between 1:45 and 2:30. It was very cooperative and came very close. There could have been more of them besides the one near the road but I didn’t have time to look. Also of note, 1 Sanderling.

 

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Location: Mudflats at Lost Bridge

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Several Buff-breasted Sandpipers still present. Went back several times throughout the day and was able to relocate at least one each time. Also saw 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Bairds Sandpipers, some peeps, Spotted Sandpipers, and lots of Killdeer, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

 

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Gale Wulker

Lost Bridge area: The earthmovers were moving earth all around the gravel pits this morning, so all if the birds were right up along the roadside, or on the tiny islands in the middle. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was the main attraction working the mud right along the road.

Killdeer

1 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Solitary Sandpiper

5 Lesser Yellowlegs

1 Stilt Sandpiper

6 Baird’s Sandpipers – all juv

4 Least Sandpiper

1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper

5 Pectoral Sandpiper

1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

 

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

All birds on the new gravel pit/topsoil ponds.

3 Semipalmated Plover

27+ Killdeer

1 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Solitary Sandpiper

6 Lesser Yellowlegs

3 Stilt Sandpiper – all juveniles

5 Baird’s Sandpiper – continuing juveniles

7+ Least Sandpiper

1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper – far back shore. I ran into Frank Frick who said he had 4 this morning.

5 Pectoral Sandpiper – first couple bright juveniles I’ve seen this year

2 Semipalmated Sandpiper

6 Peep sp.

 

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers: Frank Frick, Allan Claybon, Jonathan Frodge, Led Houser

The Sanderling, Baird’s Sandpipers and the Am. Golden Plover were still present this morning. I arrived after 10 am., and the Sanderling was present on the far shore of the near pond on the road-side of the dirt causeway separating the two ponds at a spit toward the river. Earlier close to 9:00 am Frank Frick saw the 5 Baird’s Sandpiper’s as well the Sanderling close to the road. Later Jonathan Frodge and Les Houser arrived and reported seeing the Sanderling and Baird’s Sandpipers close to the road at about 8:00 am and the Am. Golden Plover in the very back right hand corner of the far pond. After Jonathan and Les joined Frank and I for their second visit, Jonathan found two of the Baird’s Sandpipers along the far shore of the second pond for very distant scope views. Other shorebirds could have been hidden behind the dirt causeway between the two ponds. Other birds while I was present: several distant yellowlegs, apparent Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper and an Osprey, Mallards and teal in eclipsed plummage (too far to ID). Hopefully, others report their observations as mine are only highlights provided only for the benefit of others still interested in the three special shorebirds.

 

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Frank Frick

1 American Golden Plover – Far back shore

6 Semipalmated Plover

40+ Killdeer

2 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Lesser Yellowlegs

1 Sanderling – Back of the close topsoil pond

5 Baird’s Sandpiper – Front of the close pond along the road.

2 Least Sandpiper

3 Semipalmated Sandpiper

3 Caspian Tern

 

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Other observers: See text.

Arrived at about 6:00 pm just after another birder (a lady). We scanned the far pond. Then Steve Bobonick arrived and the three of us scanned more. The lady birder left to check out the gravel bars at the btidge and later reported very little there. Frank Frick arrived. I saw a small flock of shorebirds fly from the left to the right of the second pond. Steve and I found two Pectoral Sandpipers and a few Least Sandpipers. Then Steve left. Frank and I continued looking but did not find the phalaropes. Totals: Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 2, Least Sandpiper 2-3, Semipalmated Sandpiper 1, Semipalmated Plover 1, Killdeer 30(?). Frank and I left at about 8:00 pm after meeting the lady from Indiana who photographed the Red-necked Phalaropes.

 

Date: Monday, August 24, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge (Elizabethtown), Hamilton Co., OH

Reporter: Neill Cade

Other observers: Kim Cade

From 7:15-8:15 PM, both Red-necked Phalaropes were still present in the “dirt pit” on the SW side of Lawrenceburg Rd. (where previously seen). They started in the back pond and worked their way forward. Other shorebirds were Stilt, Semipalmated, Spotted, Least, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher, Killdeer, and Semipalmated Plovers. Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, and Great Egrets rounded out the wading birds.

Hundreds of Purple Martins and good numbers of Barn Swallows aggregated in the final 15 minutes before sunset. The phalaropes tucked themselves in for the night behind the long dirt dike that separates the front-most pond from the one behind.

 

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: ken clouse

have read a couple of post about large numbers of Purple Martins and having a small colony in Fairfield I had to come and see for myself over the gravel pits and up on Mt Nebo rd on the high voltage towers there were high numbers of Martins also spotted Blue Herons by the Bridge .

 

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Location: Oxbow and Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other observers: Jack Stenger (co-leader), 30 Oxbow Inc. participants

Oxbow Inc. conducted a field trip yesterday evening, Friday August 21. This was a scheduled evening trip from 6:30 PM until dusk. A strong turnout of 30 folks turned out for this popular annual field trip. Beautiful sunny skies and 78 degree temperatures didn’t hurt the attendance. We spent most of our time around Oxbow Lake and finished up at Lost Bridge. Highlights of the trip included an immature Little Blue Heron, a White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Red-necked Phalaropes, and 1000+ Purple Martins staging throughout the Oxbow area. This is a conservative estimate, as the sky above the Great Miami River and south towards Shawnee Lookout was filled with milling Purple Martins around sunset. When we arrived at Lost Bridge we were tipped off to the previously reported phalaropes and some of our group was able to see them at dusk.

Some of the more interesting species we found on the trip included:

Wood Duck 15, Double-crested Cormorant 25~, Great Blue Heron 15+, Great Egret 30~, Little Blue Heron (im) 1 (perched in the willows on the northeast shore of Oxbow Lake), Green Heron 4, Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 (also tucked in the willows), Black Vulture 3 (over the smokestacks), Semipalmated Plover 1 (Lost Bridge), Solitary Sandpiper 1, Least Sandpiper 18 (3 at Jackpot Pond, 15~ at Lost Bridge), Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 (Lost Bridge), White-rumped Sandpiper 1 (Lost Bridge), Red-necked Phalarope 2 (Lawrenceburg Road Pond), Common Nighthawk 10+, Belted Kingfisher 1, Eastern Kingbird 3, Purple Martin 1000+, Common Yellowthroat 1, Indigo Bunting 10~, Baltimore Oriole 2.

 

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other observers: Audubon field trip, plus several others who were twitching the phalaropes.

The Audubon shorebird trip relocated the two Red-necked Phalaropes this morning. They were visible a couple of times, for a few minutes, in the far right part of the shallow pond south of Lawrenceburg Road. For the most part, they were out of sight, so you may need patience to see them. We also saw a Stilt Sandpiper in this pond.

The gravel bar in the river gave us good, closely viewed comparisons of Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, along with Spotted Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plovers.

I checked this pond again by myself after the field trip ended at the Oxbow (where we didn’t see a whole lot). I didn’t see the phalaropes during the ten minutes I was there, but did add a Short-billed Dowitcher to the day’s list.

 

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Location: Mudflats at Lost Bridge

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Sorry, I just can’t seem to get this right. Here are the links for the pics of the Red-necked Phalaropes.

Red-necked Phalarope at the mudflats at Lost Bridge on the Great Miami River, OH

 

 

 

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Location: Mudflats at Lost Bridge

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers: Andy Bess

Two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. They were spotted earlier today by Frank Frick who saw them at a good distance and thought they were Wilson’s Phalaropes. When we went back this evening and got some good enough pictures we were able to positively id them as Red-Necked Phalaropes. Darn! We were really hoping for Wilson’s. There were other shore birds as well, but we were too intent on watching the Phalaropes. Attached below in the Photo Link are a couple decent enough shots to id them.

 

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Location: Mudflats at Lost Bridge

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers: Andy Bess, Frank Frick

One AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. There were also several birds that we just couldn’t id. We believe one was a Lesser Yellowleg, but the other one seemed a bit smaller than the Killdeer and had buffy cheeks and neck. We went back and forth from a Buff-breasted to a Stilt to a Pectoral, but just couldn’t get a good enough look. All the birds were on the long skinny island just beyond the mud causeway. The guy was running the earth mover all the time we were there, even across the causeway, and it didn’t seem to bother the birds. (Too bad we couldn’t hitch a ride with him.) We saw the Plover just once briefly but were able to get very good looks through the scope. Frank had first spotted it yesterday. We had to wait over an hour before he popped up on the island just beyond the causeway. Got there about 9:15 and left about 10:45.

 

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

Other observers: Andy Bess

One BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER along with Killdeer, Least Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and Spotted Sandpipers. There were also Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, 1 Little Blue Heron, and hundreds of Swallows. These were not found on the Oxbow Auto Tour. We had to walk back toward Mercer Pond. You can then either walk through the wasted soybean field, angling slightly right toward the high tension towers, or you can walk along the tree line to get to the very back of the field where a small portion is still flooded. The Buff-breasted was hanging around with the Killdeer which were very skittish. But whenever they flew away they would eventually fly back to the flooded field area.

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

 

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other observers: Gale Wulker

For the last several weeks, a Purple Martin roost dispersal ring has been visible on early morning NWS radar somewhere near the Oxbow. These rings are the radar picking up Purple Martins as the leave the large colonial roosts they form this time of year before they start southbound migration. I think this roost was initially somewhere along the Ohio River between Lawrenceburg, IN and Petersburg, KY as that’s where the ring was usually centered on radar. A couple weeks ago we tried to locate this roost from the Lawrenceburg riverfront and had lots of martins, but never pinpointed the roost location to get a good number estimate.

Now its apparently moved to the trees about 1/2 mile downstream from Lost Bridge. For the last 2 nights, there’s been a cloud of Purple Martins growing from about 6:00pm until sunset. Several hundred can be seen feeding over the gravel pits, and even more high in the sky and over the river. Last night was hard to get a good estimate, but was definitely several thousand birds. Tonight, I tried some extrapolation methods and came up with about 5,000 Purple Martins as a moderately conservative estimate. To do this, I took a photo of part of the flock, and estimated at least 8 more similar photos would cover the whole thing. I counted about 570 martin dots (or smudges) in that photo. Due to low light and high ISO, I think many of the more distant birds did not show up. To partially compensate for this, I rounded the total up to the nearest 1000. With binoculars I could not see the definite top or back of the martin cloud (birds would disappear and reappear due to distance) and the left side and bottom of the martin cloud were obscured by trees, so the 8 photo estimate is a bit conservative.

Complete list, details, and a very bad photo on this ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24594469

If you have a free evening the next couple days, this would be a great challenge for estimating large numbers of birds. I would love to see the figures others could come up with.

 

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge mudflats

Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage

At around 9:15 this morning there was an American White Pelican at the Lost Bridge mudflats. There was also a Mute Swan, an immature Bald Eagle, a Spotted Sandpiper, several Killdeer, and hundreds of Swallows. Suddenly, everything took off. On the other side of the mudflats were two Red Foxes. The water is really flowing in from the river which should bring in some fish. Last weekend there were at least 20 Bald Eagles (mostly immature) hanging around the mudflats. The most I've seen around here in one spot. Here's a short video. http://youtu.be/CZX9h6ZG-jI

 

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015

Location: Oxbow region

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

I spent the morning hitting a number of spots in the Oxbow watershed. Stops included Lost Bridge, the gravel scrap along Lawrenceburg Rd., Mt. Nebo Rd., Shawnee Lookout, Indian Springs Campground and the Oxbow proper. Missed a lot of the resident breeders, but it is the end of July. Highlights were the Blue Grosbeak at Mt. Nebo and an Osprey hunting above Juno Pond.

Trip list:

Canada Goose 16

Mallard 1

Great Blue Heron 1

Great Egret 3

Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 4

Osprey 1

Red-tailed Hawk 7

Killdeer 20

Spotted Sandpiper 3

Solitary Sandpiper 5

Greater Yellowlegs 1

Lesser Yellowlegs 2

Least Sandpiper 1

Pectoral Sandpiper 2

Mourning Dove 11

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1

Belted Kingfisher 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Acadian Flycatcher 1

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 8

Carolina Chickadee 10

Tufted Titmouse 4

White Breasted Nuthatch 1

Horned Lark 2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15

Cliff Swallow 35

House Wren 4

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Wood Thrush 3

American Robin 15

Gray Catbird 6

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 50

Cedar Waxwing 4

Kentucky Warbler 2

Common Yellowthroat 7

Prairie Warbler 1

Field Sparrow 4

Eastern Towhee 12

Northern Cardinal 5

Blue Grosbeak 1

Indigo Bunting 8

Orchard Oriole 7

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 1

 

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

A few shorebirds on the new gravel pit after the storms today:

2 Least Sandpiper

1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

1 Lesser Yellowlegs

4 Spotted Sandpiper

2 Killdeer

 

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015

Location: oxbow

Reporter: Jenn Dodge

5 double crested cormorants

6 great egrets

1 beaver

White tail female following large 8pt buck in velvet

 

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: Tom Uhlman

Oxbow is pretty flooded but as I kayaked around I saw a snowy egret along with 4 greats and 6 or 7 great blue herons. Also 3 black crowned NH in the trees.

 

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015

Location: Mining Pond by Lost Bridge

Reporter: Sara Barnes

Around 3:45PM, I witnessed 7 Bald Eagles gathered around the mining pond on Lawrenceburg Road just before Lost Bridge. I identified what I believe to be 3 juveniles, 2 second-years (with white mottling on belly, wings, and mantle), and 2 third-years (much like second-years but with more white on their mantle and head). I came back to the same site at 7:00PM to find two additional Bald Eagles, another juvenile and one adult with a very distinct white head! I was lucky enough to get some close views as a few of them would soar above the side of the pond closest to the road. They were foraging for fish, grazing the surface of the water, feet and claws extended forward. It was a thrill to watch!

9 Bald Eagle

17 Great Blue Heron

4 Killdear

2 American Crow

2 Canada Goose

3 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle

1 female Mallard followed by 6 of her ducklings

Too many swallows to count (I identified Tree, Bank, and Cliff)

In tall-grass, meadow area next to pond:

2 American Goldfinch

1 Summer Tanager

1 Song Sparrow

1 Indigo Bunting

 

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge and Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: Ethan Rising

Other Birders: Liz Rising

Lost bridge had many assorted swallows, with a Mute Swan on the right coming from Elizabethtown. I'm assuming this is the Fernald bird. Shawnee was our best stop. Immediately after entering the Little Turtle Trail, we heard a Northern Parula extremely close, which gave very good views. Afterwards, we heard and saw 2 White-eyed Vireos, which both gave a good show. This was 30 feet past the very first bend on that trail on the left. On the right in the same place was a beautiful Blue-winged Warbler. Past the second curve, we encountered a very cooperative Yellow-breasted Chat.

 

Date: Monday, June 1, 2015

Location: top soil pit at lost bridge

Reporter: Frank Frick

imm. gull that I'm calling a laughing gull. incomplete hood, dark back, bill black and large compared to franklin's. the wings showed no white spots while standing on the mud. seen between 11 and 12 noon. rain and overcast scope needed.

 

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Richard Todd

I've never seen a bald eagle in the Cinti region before, but as I was driving WNW on Lawrenceburg Road toward Rt 50, looking over gated trail entrance on the right (400' before the RR tracks), I thought I saw a bald eagle standing in a grassy area. I turned around and pulled off into the entrance to the blocked entrance there, grabbed binoculars, and saw not only that it was a bald eagle, but it was fighting with another bird that looked just as big. This was in a grassy area 200 feet NNE (measurements by Google maps). I only saw the last 3 seconds of their fight before they both flew back to trees in very close formation and fought there for a few seconds. The eagle moved to a nearby tree and I could see the other bird was a red-tailed hawk. It moved to a perch nearer the eagle then took off after a few minutes.

1100 feet ESE and across the road, I also saw a great blue heron in the mining pond, and 3 turkey vultures drinking from the pond at the spot nearest the road.

I saw vultures in as many places I've ever seen on a single day Sunday. Weather was coolish overcast, with intermittent misty rain.

 

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Lehman

Along edge of pond and top soil removal area on right side of road before the bridge, flock of 30 Semipalmated Sandpiper with one Semipalmated Plover. More shorebirds further out on islands in pond but too distant to ID even with scope. Looked for and hoped for a White-rumped Sandpiper but not luck!

Common Loon (non-breeding plumage) in large pond on left side before bridge.

 

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other Birders: Audubon field trip

Whimbrel,3 Ruddy Turnstones,2 White ramped Sandpipers, 30 Black bellied Plovers, 200 total shorebirds.

 

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Location: Shawnee Lookout, Oxbow,

Reporter: Albert Scruggs

Shawnee Warblers--Black-throated green, Black-throated blue, N. Parula, Yellow-throated, Common Yellowthroat, A. Redstart, Cerulean, Yellow, Nashville, Kentucky. Shorebirds at Lost Bridge--Least Sp, Semi-palmated Sp, Semi-palmated Plover, Spotted Sp, (and 2 separate reports of 2 Short-billed dowitchers that I couldn't find). Oxbow-Two Prothonatary Warblers.

 

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

Black-bellied Plover, Bald Eagle, Bonaparte'so Gull, Yellow Warbler, many Cliff Swallows gathering mud.

 

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Location: lost bridge area

Reporter: Frank Frick

water dropping and a spit of mud is exposed. tonight there were 4 Caspian terns, and 2 forster's terns mixed in with ring-billed gulls and a few Bonaparte's gulls.

 

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Location: lost bridge area

Reporter: Frank Frick

this morning 11 Caspian terns, mixed in with the gulls. also about 10 dunlin.

 

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Location: Western Hamilton Co

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Lost Bridge: A breeding plumage FRANKLINS GULL was hanging out with the 150 or so Ring-billed Gulls, 5 Bonaparte's and 2 Herring Gulls that have been present for weeks. Eagles have been flushing the gulls frequently, but it was still there 2 hours later on my way back from Shawnee Lookout. I attempted distant photos and will add anything useable to flickr/eBird later tonight.

 

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Location: Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: C Emerson

First stopped at Lost Bridge pits, 4 Double-crested Cormorants, several Gulls, Barn Swallow, GBH, Mt. Nebo Rd. a Prairie Warbler, boat ramp several House Wrens and 1 Prothonotary Warbler.

 

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Location: Western Hamilton County

Reporter: Joshua Eastlake

Birded Western Hamilton Co. for the first time this year. Beautiful day.

LOST BRIDGE: Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Cliff Swallow

MOUNT NEBO: Wild Turkey, Prairie Warbler, American Goldfinches building nest

SHAWNEE LOOKOUT: Broad-winged Hawk, Nothern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets singing beautifully, Whited-eyed Vireo

 

Date: Friday, January 9, 2015

Location: lost bridge pit

Reporter: Frank Frick

At lost bridge on gravel pit 12 common goldeneye,3 bufflehead.

 

Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 (date out of sequence may be a computer glitch)

Location: Lost Bridge, Oxbow

Reporter: Lenny Beck

Oxbow - 6-8 Bald Eagles flying over the back field behind Channel Lake. I saw 6 at one time, but I saw others earlier in the day that could have been different eagles. I also had a large flock of Northern Pintails. I'd estimate 30-40. It is the most I've ever seen at 1 time!

Lost Bridge - I pretty much heard gun fire everywhere all day. I'm assuming its hunters. Anyway, Lost Bridge was most likely desolate because of the presence of hunters. However, there were 5 swans (either tundra or trumpeter) present on the other end of the gravel pit.