Oxbow, Inc.

 

Protecting and Preserving Wetlands

P.O. Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Phone: 812-290-2941

Recent Sightings in the Oxbow - 2014

 

 

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Location: Jackpot Pond, Oxbow

Reporter: Allan Claybon

Pretty sure there was a dark morph Snow Goose on Jackpot pond today, although I did not see it until I was looking at images on the computer this evening. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nsxbirder/15965937989/

 

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Location: lost bridge water on right side

Reporter: Frank Frick

five tundra swans, three adults, two imm.

 

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Location: Oxbow and Lost Bridge

Official Audubon Christmas Count - Leader Jack Stenger

Canada Goose 314, Gadwall 165, American Black Duck 86, Mallard 495, Northern Shoveler 5, Northern Pintail 16, Ring-necked Duck 1, Wild Turkey 31, Great Blue Heron 41, Bald Eagle 9, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 8, American Kestrel 2, Merlin 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, American Coot 6, Ring-billed Gull 109, Rock Pigeon 8, Mourning Dove 97, Belted Kingfisher 2, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 25, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 19, Blue Jay 1, American Crow 385, Carolina Chickadee 56, Tufted Titmouse30, White-breasted Nuthatch 11, Carolina Wren 31, Gold-crowned Kinglet 9, American Robin 58, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 926, Palm Warbler 1, American Tree Sparrow 61, Field Sparrow 8, Song Sparrow 51, White-throated Sparrow22, White-crowned Sparrow 27, Dark-eyed Junco 19, Northern Cardinal 56, Brown-headed Cowbird 35, American Goldfinch 46, and House Sparrow 28.

 

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Bill Hutchison

Other highlights, Kestrel and a Merlin.

 

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Bill Hutchison

Started the day on Seward looking for the snowy owl - was not able to locate the owl. Continued on to the lost bridge. Saw the typical birds (belted kingfisher, white throated and white crowned sparrows, Eastern Robins, Cardinals, Dark-eyed Juncos, small group of mallards and Canada geese) - The highlights for the trip - Two lesser scaups and two Greater white-fronted Geese (on the water, East side of bridge, up river). The greater white-fronted geese were easy to identify - white vertical stripe on the face and dark bars present.

 

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Patricia Lee

At 4:45pm,

- 4 Ross's Goose still present in the rear pond with the Canada.

- At least 160 Sandhill Crane between edge of rear pond and as far as the fog would let me see into the field behind in. Groups of 5-10 were pretty steadily coming in adding to it.

- Could not find Greater White-fronted Goose, but that doesn't mean they weren't tucked into the foggy field somewhere. There are some ducks in that back pond, but it's so foggy I couldn't make much out. I also had an interesting gull hanging with the Ring-billed Gull on a mud flat in the closest pond. I saw it last weekend, and I need to try to come back to get a picture. Similar size to Ring-billed, but back is noticeably darker.

 

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Joe Kappa

Other Birders: Paul Krusling

As of 10:30 this morning the Ross's geese first found by Frank Frick were in the distant skypool with the Canada Geese. Paul and I also located 5 Greater White-fronted Geese in the distant corn stubble with 140 Sandhill Cranes. Note that the GWF Geese cannot be seen from Lawrenceburg road. We saw them by entering the first gravel road past Lawrenceburg road off of Route 50 and crossing the train tracks. A good scope is required to see these birds. It is possible that there are more than 5. They were mixed in with the Cranes.

 

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge area pit on west side of road

Reporter: Frank Frick

Other Birders: Andy Bess

4 Ross's Geese mixed in with Canada Geese, 11 Pintail,about 100 Sandhill cranes. Geese were still there at 1:30.

 

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Kathi Hutton

~300 Canada Geese, ~200 Mallards, 3 Ring-billed Gulls, 5 American Black Ducks, 23 Sandhill Cranes

 

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: Albert Scruggs

Other Birders: julie morris

Oxbow-one mature and two immature bald eagles..one of the immatures had quite substantial "golden" coloration, but I am not experienced with immature golden eagles, so I assume it's bald..

 

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Marian Button

Other Birders: Morgan Button

Around 9:30 this morning, there were 24 Sandhill Cranes and 3 immature Bald Eagles. The eagles were flying around above the cranes. One by one, the eagles landed on the beach area and the cranes all went into the water. The eagles stayed for about 10 minutes and then flew off. I was amazed at the wing-span of the eagles.

 

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge/ Oxbow

Reporter: Patricia Lee

10 Sandhill Crane at Lost Bridge

50+ Bonaparte's Gull at Oxbow

 

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: Lenny Beck

Late Vesper Sparrow in agricultural field closest to casino.

 

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014

Location: Farm field on lawrenceburg Road, Cleves, close to little Miami river

Reporter: Lori Burkhart

Flock of about 80 sandhill cranes.

 

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014

Location: Oxbow and Lost Bridge

Reporter: Joe Bens

Other Birders: Oxbow Field Trip - 15 Participants

Oxbow Field Trip, Sunday morning. Oxbow and Lost Bridge. Highlights at Lost Bridge were 2 Trumpeter Swans, 80 Sandhill Cranes (still there), 80 Bonaparte's Gull, Harrier. Highlights at Oxbow were Merlin, 3 Bald Eagles (immatures). Other birds of note were 15 Rusty Blackbirds, many White-crowned Sparrows along with a few Tree, Field, Song, and White-throated Sparrow, a Pileated WP drinking from the river below Lost Bridge. Some ducks - 25 Black, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 50 Mallards, and 6 Green-winged Teal.

 

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Location: lost Bridge

Reporter: Joe Kappa

65 Sandhill Cranes seen from bridge on riverbank.

 

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other Birders:

There has been an impressive flock of Bonaparte's Gulls at Lost Bridge for the last week or so. I haven't been able to pick anything rare out of it yet, but you never know with cold weather on the way. Decent mix of juveniles and adults.

Bonaparte's Gull 250 (350 this weekend)

Ring-billed Gull 40

 

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Location: Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp Parking Lot

Reporter: Linda Osterhage

Pretty good morning for warblers.

Trip List: Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting

 

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Location: Lost bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Not a bad mix of shorebirds at lost bridge this evening, but the river is so low right now it can take some time to scan all the gravel bars.

1 American Golden Plover

2 Semipalmated Plover

20 Killdeer

1 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Stilt Sandpiper

1 Baird's Sandpiper

4 Pectoral Sandpiper

4 Least Sandpiper

 

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

This evening there was a Baird's Sandpiper on the Great Miami River north of the bridge. Other birds of note included a Pectoral Sandpiper, heard only Semipalmated Plover, immature Bald Eagle, and immature Purple Martin.

 

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014

Location: Great Miami River

Reporter: Rodney Crice

Stilt Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Least Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Kildeer

Bald Eagle

Osprey

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Crow

Swallow spp.

Mallard

probably a flock of Blue-winged Teals, but they spooked before we got a good look.

Took a canoe trip from Shawnee Boat Ramp to the confluence of the Greater Miami and Whitewater Rivers. Bald Eagle swooped in front of us to nab a fish...Ospreys whirled overhead...Stilt Sandpiper hiding in the shade under the bridge along with some Pectorals and a Least. A good day.

 

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge Lawrenceburg Rd. Pond

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other Birders: Jack Stenger

Not my sighting. Jack Stenger called and asked me to report this for him. Jack has a juvenile Sanderling at the shallow topsoil pond just west of Lost Bridge today, Monday, September 8 at 12:30 PM. The bird was still there when he left around 12:45 PM. Jack said the only other shorebirds present were 5 Least Sandpipers and Killdeer.

 

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Location: Shawnee Lookout/Lost Bridge

Reporter: Lenny Beck

Lost Bridge

Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, and my first Bald Eagle (mature) at Lost Bridge in quite a while. The bird was sitting in the middle of the river on a sandbar.

Shawnee Lookout

Red-eyed Vireo, Scarlett Tanager, Tennessee Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler (my first), Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart

 

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge, Oxbow

Reporter: Jonathan Frodge

This afternoon, after a party that put me close to these locations, I decided to get a bit of birding in despite the consistent light drizzle. Lost Bridge was slow, with a single Semi-palmated Sandpiper and Plover, along w/ expected species. At the Oxbow the highlight was a perched Osprey and a normal, if not a bit low, number of herons, egrets, cormorants, Wood Ducks and Mallards.

 

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Ned Keller

There was a Baird's Sandpiper along with 4 Least Sandpipers on the gravel bar upstream from the bridge, and 9 Great Egrets in the pond south of Lawrenceburg Road. The river is falling, and the gravel bars are lot bigger than a week ago.

 

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014

Location: Oxbow & Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other Birders: Oxbow Inc. Field Trip, 37 participants

This evening, Friday August 15th, Oxbow Inc. conducted what has become a popular annual evening field trip in the Oxbow area. By my count thirty-seven folks participated on this super pleasant, sunny, 70 degree evening. A Western Sandpiper was the highlight of the trip. As you know, shorebird habitat is unpredictable in the Greater Cincinnati area. In some years decent mudflats develop in the late summer and early fall on Oxbow Lake. That is not the case this year as Oxbow Lake is full to the brim, certainly due to a wet spring and early summer.

 

So we didn’t find any shorebirds in the Oxbow, but we did see many Great Blue Herons, around 20 Great Egrets, 3 Green Herons, and an adult Black-crowned Night-Heron, Belted Kingfisher and several Wood Ducks & broods. August is usually slow for songbirds but we managed to find Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Warbling Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, gobs of Indigo Buntings and American Goldfinches and numerous swallows and other residents.

We moved over to Lost Bridge around 8:00 pm and stayed there until dusk when we broke up. Unlike recent reports, we didn’t have many shorebirds here either, although the water conditions are great. Aside from many Killdeer, the only other shorebirds we found were a couple of Lesser Yellowlegs and a juvenile Western Sandpiper, a rare bird in our region. Other species seen at Lost Bridge included an Osprey (just before we left, some folks just missed it), 30+ Double-crested Cormorants roosting in trees, another Black-crowned Night-Heron, 3 Green Herons, a few more Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfisher, 50+ Chimney Swifts and lots of swallows, including at least 10 of the resident Cliff Swallows, and several groups of flocking Red-winged Blackbirds.

 

The Western Sandpiper was foraging on the close sandbars in mid-river on the south side of the bridge. Several notable area birders were present (Joe Bens, Ann Oliver, Kathi Hutton, Karl Gross etc.) and I believe everyone agreed on the ID. Some pictures were taken, but I have not seen them yet. And we were all aware that separating Semipalmated Sandpiper (fairly-common locally) from Western Sandpiper (rare locally) is one of the more challenging and difficult identifications. We didn’t have the best light (sunset to dusk) but it was good enough and we weren’t terribly far from the bird.

 

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Checked Lost Bridge after work and found 9 species. Everything that wasn't a Killdeer was on the river gravel bars:

25 Killdeer

3 Semipalmated Plover

11 Lesser Yellowlegs

3 Solitary Sandpipers

1 Spotted Sandpiper

14 Least Sandpiper

5 Semipalmated Sandpiper

1 Pectoral Sandpiper

1 Baird's Sandpiper

Other birds of interest at Lost Bridge included:

1 Great Egret

1 Osprey

6 DC Cormorant

 

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge and Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: C Emerson

Walked onto the bridge around 10 a.m. Highlight was a juvenile Bald Eagle flying down stream low over the tree tops. Landed just out of good view of my 10x42's along the river. Also had a Cooper's Hawk swooping in low under the bridge and spooking the sandpipers on the sand bars.

7 Least Sandpipers

9 Killdeers

2 Semipalmated Plovers

2 GBH

2 Green Herons

7 Ring-billed Gulls

Barn Swallow

Rough-winged Swallow

American Crow

There was an earth scraper going around the open water at the large pit and I noticed a white bird from the bridge with my binos. Drove over and spotted 2 Caspian Turns standing along the edge of the water. Also:

3 GBH

Canada Geese

 

Date: Monday, August 11, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

This afternoon there was some shorebird activity on the gravel bars below the bridge. It seems that if the gravel bars are exposed, that's where the birds are this year. I have not noticed much activity on the big scrape along Lawrenceburg Rd.

35 Killdeer

10 Semipalmated Plover

1 Lesser Yellowlegs

15 Least Sandpiper

1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

1 Pectoral Sandpiper

 

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge area

Reporter: Frank Frick

Other Birders:

Four Caspian Terns. Three on right side of road on the spit and one feeding in river.

 

 

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge and Gilmore Ponds area

Reporter: Frank Frick

Along with the already reported Ruddy Turnstone there were two White-rumped Sandpipers, seven Semipalmated Sandpipers, three Greater Yellowlegs, and four Semipalmated Plovers. At Gilmore Ponds sky pool north of rail road tracks after my third try I finally found the Cattle Egrets, there were two in the field just beyond the pond.

 

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Location: skypool neat Lost Bridge

Reporter: Marianne Gorman

Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Ruddy Turnstone seen at 3:30 this afternoon in a group of smaller shorebirds.

 

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge and vicinity

Reporter: Virginia Wilson

The American Avocet was a bit elusive earlier in the day, but came out and gave a nice show a couple of times, even flying across the water. What a beauty.

I wanted to primarily report that it was still present last night (Sunday) at 8:30 p.m. It was on the far side of the water (if you're on the road). And I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for reporting it and continuing to do so. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! What a delight.

 

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

LocationDate: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge and Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: C Emerson

Other Birders: K Emerson

Glad we arrived at Lost Bridge when we did, had about 5 minutes of close view of American Avocet, then the bird moved out of site.

Semipalmated Plover

Shawnee Lookout Park:

Blue-winged Warbler

Bay breasted Warbler

American Redstart

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-rumped Warbler

White-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Common Yellowthroat

Tennessee Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Great-crested Flycatcher

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Brown Thrasher

Swainson's Thrush

Wood Thrush

Purple Finch

Indigo Bunting

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Meadowlark

Gray Catbird

House Wren

Carolina Wren

Chickadee

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Bluejay

Turkey Vulture

Red-tailed Hawk

 

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Maddie Varias

Other Birders: Mom

Here is a photo I forgot to add of the Avocet: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123923969@N06/14207314264/

 

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Maddie Varias

Other Birders: Mom

The AMERICAN AVOCET is still present. Much closer than previously reported. Great veiw of this bird. Least, Semi., and Spotted Sandpipers were also present. A large number of all of the swallow species(except Purple Martin) were present. Also an Orchard Oriole and a pair of Wood Ducks were other birds of interest.

 

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Robert Tunison

American Avocet 50 feet off the road at 2:30. There are also upwards of 500 (conservative estimate) swallows of all types flying over the water. Super duper cool.

 

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Allan Claybon

Other Birders: Andy Bess, Frank Frick, Jack Stenger, Rob

Was there from 12:30 to 3:15 with constant changes in birds present. Great Egret, 30+ Dowitcher sp., 7 Forster's Terns,35+ Least Sandpipers, several Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Solitary Sandpiper, 8+ Semipalmated Plovers, Spotted Sandpipers, many Swallows, and the American Avocet on the far South edge and small dirt spit for the first hour. 2 separate flyovers of 20+ Cedar Waxwings, and a soaring Peregrine Falcon Jack spotted as we left.

 

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Bill Zimmerman

American Avocet was present at 8:20 AM this morning. There was quick turnover. Some Short-billed Dowitchers disappeared while I was setting up my scope and were replaced by the Avocet, which was not visible when I pulled up. Other interesting peeps present but it started to rain and work beckoned.

 

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Frank Frick

At noon, American Avocet still here also twenty Short billed Dowitchers.

 

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Frank Frick

Avocet reported yesterday was still here as of 10:30am.

 

Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014

Location: lost bridge

Reporter: William Hull

Brian Wulker called to say there was an American Avocet at lost bridge earlier today.

 

The Oxbow was the place to be this week for shorebirds. Wave after wave of shorebirds passed through the flooded scraps at Lost Bridge along Lawrenceburg Rd. First 2 Piping Plovers, Then 2 Black-bellied Plovers, and today (Sunday, 5/11) an Avocet.

 

Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014

Location: Oxbow area including Shawnee Lookout, Lawrenceburg, and Lost Bridge

Reporter: Jon Seymour

Other Birders: Denis Conover

Denis and I birded the Oxbow area from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday of Birdathon

Trip List: Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ruffed Grouse 1, Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, American Redstart, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

 

Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014

Location: lost bridge

Reporter: William Hull

Brian Wulker called to say there was an American Avocet at lost bridge earlier today.

 

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Location: Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: Dee Long

Other Birders: Bruce Long

Multiples of Indigo buntings, Cedar Waxwings, yellow-rumped Warblers, Eastern towhee's (Males and females)Brown Thrashers, blue-gray gnatcatchers.

yellow warblers

wood thrush

Baltimore Oriole

1st spring Orchard Oriole

1st spring Summer Tanagers

Heard only 2 yellow-billed cuckoo's

Several Red-eyed Vireo's

All the usual commons

 

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge mud pit

Reporter: Jack Stenger

At dusk I missed out on the Piping Plovers. However, I did get distant views at an Upland Sandpiper. It ended up flying to the far shore, perhaps even landing in the dirt.

Most of the shorebirds were out of view behind the spit that Ned described.

 

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other Birders: Kathy McDonald, Joe Kappa

The two Piping Plovers were still present at 8 p.m., on the end of the sand spit. We did not see them at first - the spit is tall enough to hide them when they are on the back side.

Also present were 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 7 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Least Sandpiper, and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, mostly hidden behind some brush in the back right corner of the pond.

 

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Bill Buskirk

Other Birders: Evan Dalton

The Piping Plovers were first discovered by Evan Dalton (Mass. birder with lots of experience with the species. We were birding together, he's a former student of mine.) on the spit in the center of the pond (S of road) at Lost Bridge. They accompanied about 12 Semipalmated Plovers as well as Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers and a Forster's Tern. Birds were noticeably pale with orange legs, stubby bills, etc.

 

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: William Hull

2 Piping Plovers still present at lost bridge on spit of land in middle of water.

 

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014

Location: Gravel Pits near Lost Bridge

Reporter: Lenny Beck

Common Loon hanging out with some wood ducks.

 

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014

Location: The Oxbow Nature Conservancy

Reporter: Loran Gibson

Trip List: Canada Goose 7, Mallard 4, Green-winged Teal 19, Redhead 2, Hooded Merganser 4, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Horned Grebe 1, Red-necked Grebe 1, Double-crested Cormorant 22, Great Blue Heron 4, Bald Eagle 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Coot 35, Killdeer 2, Ring-billed Gull 40, American Crow 2, Tree Swallow 6, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 2, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 1, Song Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 2

 

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Joshua Eastlake

5 Red-breasted Merganser

8 Ruddy Duck

4 Red-necked Grebe

2 Bufflehead

 

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Location: Oxbow

Reporter: Paul Miles

I saw a lot of coots and Canada geese today and a group of four immature bald eagles.

 

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014

Location: Oxbow Area, Lawrenceburg, IN

Reporter: Jon Seymour

Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Locating tree planting positions. Small flocks of Ring-necked Duck (20), Lesser Scaup (25), Gadwall (6), Ring-billed Gull (50), crows, turkey vultures, Carolina chickadee, Downy Wp. We almost stepped on a good size beaver as we walked along the shore line.

 

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014

Location: Oxbow Area, Lawrenceburg, IN

Reporter: Jon Seymour

Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Locating tree planting positions. Small flocks of Ring-necked Duck (20), Lesser Scaup (25), Gadwall (6), Ring-billed Gull (50), crows, turkey vultures, Carolina chickadee, Downy Wp. We almost stepped on a good size beaver as we walked along the shore line.

 

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014

Location: Various

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Lost Bridge: 3 RN Grebe on the big Martin Marietta pit. 1 Lesser Yellowlegs on the Mt. Nebo Rd gravel pit.

 

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge Area

Reporter: Lenny Beck

There were at least 13 bald eagles hanging around Lost Bridge this evening. At one point I had 11 eagles within sight. One mature adult landed in the water to take a bath just off shore while three immature eagles looked on from a tree snag in the river and three more looked on from the trees above. It was quite a sight.

 

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge - swans

Reporter: Jim Rettig

Fourteen Tundra Swans south pool far right side.

 

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge Area

Reporter: Lenny Beck

Red-necked Grebe at Lost Bridge. Swimming in the River on the east side of the bridge near the shore

 

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014

Location: Oxbow region

Reporter: Paul Wharton

Other Birders: Gary Stegner

I guess the threat of snow and rain kept people away from this morning's Oxbow field trip, but the Oxbow delivered as hoped for. The Ohio River is at about 47 feet and rising, with most of the standing water still frozen, but the rising river levels attracted lots of birds even if they were widely scattered and often distant. Many areas could not be accessed so I know we missed lots of birds, but we still had 19 species of waterfowl and at least 15 Bald Eagles between the Oxbow and Miamitown. Highlights included 1500 Canada Goose, 1 Snow Goose (white phase), 800 Mallard, 25 American Black Duck, 30 Amer. Wigeon, 75 N. Pintail, 60 Gadwall, 125 N. Shoveler, 75 Green-winged Teal, 1 Wood Duck, 275 Redhead, 25 Canvasback, 125 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Bufflehead, 8 Lesser Scaup, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Hooded Merganser, 4 Common Merganser, 1 Long-tailed Duck (male), 1 Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle 15 (4 adult 11 imm.), 8 Red-tailed Hawk, 10 Kestrels, Great Blue Heron 3, Ring-billed Gull 200, Bonaparte's Gull 1, Wild Turkey 25, 16 Killdeer, 12 American Pipits, 20 Red-winged Blackbirds, 15 Grackles.

 

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Location: Multiple

Reporter: Tyler Ficker

Other Birders: Ethan Rising, Mrs. RisingFor Ethan's birthday, we spent the day birding several places. We ended the day with a total of 51 species!

Lost Bridge:

- 2 bald eagles

- black duck

 

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Location: 1/4 mile past Mt. Nebo Rd. moving towards Shawnee Lookout

Reporter: Lenny Beck

Along the road side in a tree next to a barn I spotted a Merlin (female I believe) eating a small bird.

 

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Location: Lawrenceburg Road Gravel Pit

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

1 Common Goldeneye, 2 Horned Grebes, about 300 Canada Geese

 

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Location: Lawrenceburg Road Gravel Pit

Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf

Other Birders: 1 Common Goldeneye, 2 Horned Grebes, about 300 Canada Geese

 

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Lost Bridge: Highlight here was a big flock of 81 Canvasback on the gravel pit. Also present were 35 Mallard, 8 Black Ducks, and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers.

 

Date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Location: Western Hamilton Co.

Reporter: Brian Wulker

Other sightings included 1 Trumpeter Swan on the Gravel Pit at Lost Bridge, and 1 Sandhill Crane flying just north of US 50 along Lawrenceburg Rd. Many of the Gravel Pits in the area are still open, but that may change after tonight.

 

Date: Sunday, January 5, 2014

Location: Western Hamilton County (various)

Reporter: Jack Stenger

The previously reported 6 Tundra Swans and 4 Trumpeter Swans were initially on the Lawrenceburg Rd. gravel pit north of US 50, but soon relocated to the flooded fields (now frozen) by Lost Bridge.

I ended with a stop in the Oxbow. The high side is drive-able in part. I entered from the north and turned around before the overlook, but I could tell that braver souls had kept going. The Oxbow Lake itself is frozen, but the low side is still flooded and packed with waterbirds. In my distant and obstructed views from the high side there were easily 1000 Mallards and 1000 geese, with lots of birds coming and going. There is no good way to access or view these birds, but it's fun to know they're out there.

 

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2014

Location: w. Hamilton county, w. Butler county & Brookville Lake

Reporter: David Brinkman

LOST BRIDGE

Open water and lots of Canada Geese! I found a pull-off, got the scope on the waterfowl in the open water, first trying to see what species of ducks were there: 100+ Mallards, 4 Green-winged Teal, 19 Canvasback, 40 Redhead, 6 Ruddy Duck, 1 CACKLING GOOSE (smaller than nearby Canada Geese, shorter neck, stubbier bill), 3 Northern Pintail and 1 Pied-billed Grebe. On the other side were 14 Ring-billed Gulls. I could not find any Tundra or Trumpeter Swans today, but open water was few and far between.

 

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Location: Lost Bridge

Reporter: Leslie Houser

Both Trumpeter and Tundra Swans were still present @ 1:30 this afternoon. Snow covered shoulders make it almost impossible to pull off the road.

 

Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Location: western Hamilton County

Reporter: Ned Keller

Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

We hit several spots on the west side today. Highlights included the previously reported 4 Trumpeter and 6 Tundra Swans at Lost Bridge, along with an immature Bald Eagle upriver.