Focus on Cuyahoga River Winter Birding

A couple of winters ago Chuck Slusarczyk, Jr. posted a map highlighting six good locations to look for gulls and other birds in the winter on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Chuck gave permission to post the map and more information about the locations on this website.

Click on this link for a page listing the locations with links for more information:
Cuyahoga River Winter Birding

When ice forms on Lake Erie, these locations can have lots of birds. Bundle up to stay warm and enjoy birds in the winter when you visit Cleveland.

What’s New–November 26, 2018

Big Walnut Trail

New eBird Hotspots

Greene County
Morris Reserve

Updates and Changes

Franklin County
Big Walnut Trail
Thanks to Rob Thorn for adding photos and extensive tips for birding locations along the Big Walnut trail.
Big Walnut Trail–Granville Road to Galloway Preserve
Big Walnut Trail–Olde Ridenour Road
Academy Park

Mobile site updated
The Ohio eBird Hotspot mobile website has been updated so that the pages now display left justified on a smartphone or a tablet.

I have also found a way to modify the Bar Chart Table so that it displays properly on a mobile device. I am updating the home page and county pages first. I will update the hotspot pages as I have time.

What’s New — November 19, 2018

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Hilliard Green Park

Noble County
Hiramsburg Cemetery

Pickaway County
Elmon Richards Scioto River Fishing Access

Stark County
Sippo Lake–Marina and Fishing Pier

Tips for using this website

About this Website
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Focus on Birding near a State Line
Ohio is bordered by Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana. There are a number of Ohio eBird hotspots located near a state line. It is helpful to know where the state line is located so that the birds will be assigned to the proper state.
This is a list of locations in Ohio where the state line passes near an eBird hotspot.
eBird has a help article on eBirding along County, State, and Country borders with suggestions of how to handle your checklists when you are watching birds near a border.

Changes or updates

Cuyahoga County
Brecksville Town Square
Added tips and a map about observing Turkey and Black Vultures in the area of the Town Square.

About Ohio Birding Drives

Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area

Ohio Birding Drives are routes for birding trips which can be accomplished in one day, stopping to walk and bird at various eBird hotspots. For each Birding Drive, a Google map is provided with the route and suggested stops at eBird hotspots. You may save the link to the Google map on your smartphone or tablet, or print a copy on paper to take with you. Links are provided for each eBird hotspot. Follow those links for information about birding each location.

Birders like to bird close to home and, naturally, the counties with higher populations in Ohio have many more checklists submitted. We have developed Birding Drives for “lightly birded” Ohio counties so that when your travels take you to a different part of the state you might add to the data about birds all across the state.

There is at least one birding drive in each Ohio county and in many counties there is more than one.

Visit Ohio Birding Drives for a list of all the birding drives in each county.

Focus on Magee Marsh

Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area attracts birders from all over the world. There are a number of hotspots set up in eBird to receive your bird checklists when you visit, including the world famous Magee Marsh Boardwalk.

In addition to links for each of the hotspots at Magee, you will find links to websites, maps, tips for birding, eBird data, and much more.

Magee Marsh is one of those locations in Ohio where a county line runs right through the middle of the area! Thus, there is no “general” hotspot for all of Magee Marsh. There are eBird Hotspots for each county. The south portion of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (near OH-2) is in Ottawa County. The north portion of the wildlife area (near Lake Erie) is in Lucas County. (See map below for the location of the Lucas/Ottawa county line.)

12 eBird Hotspots — 303 species reported

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

See you on the boardwalk!