The bird list describes your chances of finding
various birds in the Greater Cincinnati area. The list covers the area that
Cincinnati birders might visit in the course of a long morning trip. This is
a rather vaguely defined range; think of it as the Birdathon area, or 75 miles
from downtown if you don't know what the Birdathon area is.
This is not a complete list of all birds which have ever been seen here. Only species
which occur regularly have been listed. The finding codes
indicate the chances of seeing or hearing a particular bird during a morning
of solid birding. This is not quite the same as describing how
common the bird is. The codes presume that the observer is experienced
and is in the right habitat. They relate to a "normal"
year, if there is such a thing. Many birds vary in their abundance
from year to year, sometimes to a considerable degree.
The bird list also forms the basis for a daily checklist. This
checklist is customized for the day of the year, showing only those species which
can reasonably be expected to be present on that day. The daily checklist can be printed
for use in the field.
You can find information about what birds have been seen recently (or not so recently) in the
sightings area of the web site.