What’s New–April 6, 2019

New Feature


Thanks to Ken Andrews for designing a Notable Sightings gadget which has replaced the popular BirdTrax display of rare bird sightings on the Ohio home page.

Please note there are three tabs in the display.
+ Notable Sightings in Ohio (the default) shows the most recent rare bird sightings reported to eBird, sorted by date. Sightings that have been verified by eBird reviewers are highlighted in a yellow box.
+ Recent Sightings by County looks back 30 days. It shows the most recent sighting of a species in the selected county.
+ Recent Checklists by County displays the past 150 checklists for the county.
When you switch to a tab you must select the county of interest to you.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County

Guilford Lake State Park–Guilford Lake
Thanks to Laura Dornan for suggesting this additional hotspot at Guilford Lake State Park and for providing tips for birding Guilford Lake.

Hamilton County

Lindner Park
Thanks to Oscar Wilhelmy for suggesting this hotspot in the Norwood area of Cincinnati.

Harrison County

Custer Monument
Custer Monument is to the young soldier whose “Last Stand” made him a household name, at the site of George Armstrong Custer’s birthplace. Photos added to page.

Jefferson County

Richmond Park
Richmond Park is located on South Park Street. Photos added to page.

Lucas County

John T. Kennedy Memorial Park
Thanks to Paul Jacyk for suggesting this hotspot on OH-2 in Jerusalem Township and for providing a photo for the page.

Ottawa County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Price-Adams Unit
Thanks to Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for announcing the opening of this new unit of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Portage County

West Branch State Park–Marina and Beach
West Branch State Park–Rock Spring Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting these two new hotspots at West Branch State Park.

Wayne County

College of Wooster Campus
Thanks to David McConnell for suggesting this college campus as a hotspot.

Clay Plant Road
Thanks to Su Snyder for suggesting that we add this hotspot near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area adjacent to Wilderness Road in Wayne County.

Updates

Lucas County

Lucas County Lakeshore Birding Drive
Thanks to Mark Fesh for suggesting that we add Howard Marsh Metropark to the Lucas County Lakeshore Birding Drive.

Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Ottawa County

Catawba Island State Park
Catawba Point Preserve
Cedar Meadow Preserve
Photos were added to these locations on Catawba Island.
The name of the hotspot formerly listed as Catawba Island Nature Preserve has been changed to Catawba Point Preserve to reflect the official name used by Catawba Island Township. Google Maps has this preserve incorrectly named.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Helle Unit
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–West Harbor Landing
Photos were added to the pages for these newly opened locations in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Tuscarawas County

Zoar Village
The name of this hotspot has been changed so that it can accept checklists of birds seen in any section of Zoar Village.

What’s New–March 30, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

North Chagrin Reservation–Sylvan Loop
Thanks to Ben Nickley for suggesting this additional hotspot in the North Chagrin Reservation.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Helle Unit

Greene County

Old OH-42 Road
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot and adding tips for birding this road.

Ottawa County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Helle Unit
The Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge have announced the opening of this new unit on West North Toussaint Road just east of Benton Carroll Road.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–West Harbor Landing
Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting this addtional hotspot for the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Updates

Marion Tallgrass Trail – Holland Road Trailhead
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail–Holland Road Trailhead
Added tips for birding and photos of the Holland Road Trailhead and the Marion Community Foundation Lake.

What’s New–March 23, 2019

Wilson Road Park

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Buck Creek State Park–New Moorefield Access
Thanks to Carl Winstead for suggesting this additional hotspot at Buck Creek State Park and for providing tips for birding this location.

South River Road, South Charleston
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot along the Little Miami River.

Franklin County

Westmoor Park
Westmoor is a neighborhood park adjacent to Westmoor Middle School.

Wilson Road Park
Wilson Road Park also provides parking and access for the Camp Chase Trail.

Green Township Bike and Walk Trail map

Hamilton County

Green Township Bike and Walk Trail
Thanks to Daniel King for suggesting this hotspot along a newly opened bike and walk trail in Green Township.

Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park–Beach
Thanks to Alexis Treeger for suggesting this additional hotspot at Hueston Woods State Park.

Portage County

Wingfoot Lake State Park
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this additional hotspot on Wingfoot Lake.

Richland County

Mansfield Walmart Retention Pond
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Wingfoot Lake State Park

What’s New–March 16, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Goodale Boulevard Parks: McKinley, Wallace Gardens, Wyman Woods
Thanks to Jim Rowoth for suggesting Wyman Woods as a hotspot and to Rob Thorn who suggested that the three small parks along the Goodale Boulevard greenway would together make a good eBird hotspot.

Greene County

Linebaugh Road
Thanks to Rick Luehrs for suggesting this location as a hotspot.

Richland County

Urwin Parkway Wetland (view from roadside only)
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this location as a hotspot.

Summit County

Sagamore Hills Park
Thanks to Matthew Kappler for suggesting this location as a hotspot.

Updates

Stange Prairie
Photo by Ken Ostermiller


BirdTrax no longer available
The Rare Bird Alert from the eBird website replaces the popular BirdTrax gadget on the Ohio home page. I am disappointed to let you know that BirdTrax is not being supported by the developer and the version we were using is no longer able to extract data from eBird.

Ottawa County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Stange Road and Krause Road and Observation Tower
Added information about Stange Prairie from the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

What’s New–March 9, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Greene County

Caesar Ford Park
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Highland County

Rocky Fork State Park–East End Overlook and Marina
Rocky Fork State Park–East Shore Drive Boat Ramp and Dam
Thanks to Dale Bailey for adding these two hotspots at Rocky Fork State Park

Lake County

Baker Road Park
Thanks to Josh Hargrave for suggesting this hotspot in the Grand River-Lower Watershed Important Bird Area.

Licking County

Thomas J. Evans Foundation Park, Pataskala
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding the trail in the park.

Wayne County

Fox Lake Road
Thanks to Scot Long for suggesting this hotspot. Fox Lake Road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Updates

Birding in Ohio

On the home page and on each county page, the list of Top Birding Locations has been updated with the latest total number of species seen at each location.

Licking County

T. J. Evans Park, Newark
We have added the community name to this hotspot to distinguish it from a similarly named park in Pataskala. Several parks in Licking County were named to honor T. J. Evans.