Notes From The Field

Armleder Park & Lunken Sewage Treatment Ponds (A.K.A. Fly Ash Pond)

It’s been sometime since I’ve gone out birding during the week. There’s either stuff going on, or I’m too tired from work. So what sparked my interest was all the shore bird action going on over at Armleder Park, and by the sewage treatment ponds near Lunken Airport. And since my friend Jonathan lives minutes away from there, he’s the one doing most of the postings. So I made plans to meet him at 7pm last night.

The parking lot where I was meeting him at, also is used for the bike/hike trail that circles the airport. A gravel path leads back towards a chain link enclosure with a locked gate. On the other side were 2 sizable ponds with the one closest to us being the most active with birds. It wasn’t much to look at, so I decided not to take a picture of the pond. And anyway I would have to shoot through the fence, so it wouldn’t have turned out decent anyway.

It seemed that most of the action was on the farthest side so spotting scopes were a must. Wood Ducks were plentiful and we were able to spot a rather small Green Heron rookery with several juveniles still around with some adults. The sun was so low, which made the lighting for pictures of the Green Heron nest almost impossible to shoot. However we moved to a different location so we could get a closer look at some small peeps when I was finally able to get a few shots off. So with uneven ground, through a chain link fence, with the sun glaring off the water, here is my C.R.A.P. (Completely Ridiculous Awful Photography). C.R.A.P. was borrowed from Greg Miller @

Lesser Yellowleg and Killdeer

Lesser Yellowleg

This picture shows 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 Least Sandpiper (behind the Killdeer) and a Lesser Yellowleg

Semipalmated Sandpiper

After we left this place, we drove a mile down the road to Armleder Park. The bean field (it’s really not a bean field, this is a code name for a private piece of property that has a tendency to flood, and has on occasion had very good shore birds) has had some activity lately, so off we went through the field of giant ragweed. I’m not kidding. The paved trail that leads away from the pavillion towards the Little Miami River, has giant ,10 feet tall ragweed plants.

After hiking through the brush to reach our destination, I was a little disappointed, as there  were hardly any birds there. We only saw 1 each of a Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, and 1 Killdeer.

Anyway, I had a real good time and made it home just as it was getting dark. As Autumn approaches with shorter daylight hours, I need to make a better attempt at trying to get out at least once during the week. Migration is going to start to pick up and I’m not going to miss out on any of the fun if I can help it.

Notable birds for the evening include:

  1. Greater Yellowleg
  2. Lesser Yellowleg
  3. Killdeer
  4. Solitary Sandpiper
  5. Pectoral Sandpipper
  6. Least Sandpiper
  7. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  8. Semipalmated Plover
  9. Spotted Sandpiper
  10. Green Heron
  11. Great Blue Heron
  12. Wood Duck
  13. Mallard
  14. Indigo Bunting
  15. Mouorning American robin
  16. Northern cardinal
  17. Northern Mockingbird
  18. Barn Swallow
  19. Common Yellowthroat
  20. Orchard Oriole
  21. Eastern Kingbird
  22. Song Sparrow
  23. Red-winged Black Bird
  24. Dickcissel

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