What’s New–May 18, 2019

New Feature

Google Map on almost every page

For tips on how to use Google Maps on this website check the latest blog page from About this Website:
About Google Maps on this website
There is now a Google Map embedded on almost every hotspot page. To save time in transferring this website to WordPress, I decided to put just one map on each page. I used an image of a map about the location, if available, or a Google Map. I have discovered that the Google Map has some features that are very handy, such as opening the map in a new tab or window and then getting driving directions to a location from the Google Map website or app. I have completed the process of adding a Google Map to all the pages.

Focus on . . .

Focus on Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Suggestions about how to get started with bird watching at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Photo by Marc Hannerman

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County

Pymatuning State Park–Main Beach and Boat Launch
Thanks to Marc Hannerman for suggesting this additional hotspot at Pymatuning State Park and for providing photos of the main beach and the adjacent small boat launch.

Columbiana County

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail–Washingtonville Trailhead
Thanks to Barbara James for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail and in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area

Lorain County

French Creek Reservation–Burrell Homestead
Thanks to Ben Meredyk for suggesting this additional hotspot at the French Creek Reservation

Ohio State University
Mansfield Campus

Richland County

Ohio State University Mansfield Campus–Bromfield Trail
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting a hotspot for this walking path on the Ohio State University at Mansfield campus.

Stark County

Berlin Lake–German Church Road Boat Launch and Mudflats
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Berlin Lakes System Important Bird Area

Williams County

Nettle Lake Sewage Ponds
Thanks to Zachary Frieben for suggesting this hotspot near Lake La Su An Wildlife Area

Updates

Photo by Craig DeCrane

Lucas County

Foxglove Meadow Park
Thanks to Craig DeCrane for adding photos and writing a description of birding at this park.

Summit County

Richfield Heritage Preserve
Thanks to Ken Andrews for adding a section about the spring migration season to the Guide to the Richfield Heritage Preserve

What’s New–May 11, 2019

New Feature

Blog Index
This index has links to all the blog posts with many tips about this website.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County

Mohican State Park–Hemlock Grove Campground
Thanks to Marcia Kinnard for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mohican State Park.

Photo by Marc Hannerman

Ashtabula County

Phil Hillman Fishing Access
Thanks to Marc Hannerman for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding this locaiton.

Greene County

Zimmerman Prairie State Nature Preserve (restricted access)
Thanks to Bill Schieman for suggesting this hotspot in Greene County. A written permit is required to enter this state nature preserve. Permit application must be submitted 14 days prior to the visit.

Lucas County

Foxglove Meadow Park
Thanks to Craig DeCrane for suggesting this hotspot in Toledo.

Montgomery County

Pondview Park
Thanks to Alania Trump for suggesting this hotspot in Kettering.

Stark County

Lawndell Road Southwest
Thanks to Mark Stotzer for suggesting this hotspot on Sugar Creek. There is a Bald Eagle nest near the bridge that crosses Sugar Creek. Please view birds from the roadside only and do not disturb the nest.

Summit County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Center Road
Thanks to Karen Gray for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Washington County

Derby Road and Buchanan Road
Thanks to Terry Bronson for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Cuyahoga County
Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Lower Cuyahoga River Important Bird Area
“Cuyahoga Valley National Park” has been added by Audubon to the name of this Important Bird Area. We have adjusted the name in this website and are working on getting the IBA polygon renamed in eBird. Thanks to Ann Chase for noting this name change.

Armleder Park
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Hamilton County

Armleder Park
Ault Park
Added photos.

What’s New–May 4, 2019

Focus on . . .


Focus on Magee Marsh
Magee Marsh attracts birders from all over the world at this time of year. Check the Focus on . . . blog for all the information about birding there.

New eBird Hotspots

Butler County

Miami University–Helen S. Ruder Preserve
Thanks to Charlie Saunders for suggesting this additional hotspot at Miami University.

Columbiana County

Grimms Bridge
Thanks to Peter Wilson for suggesting this hotspot in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Washington County

Wayne National Forest–Newell Run Mouth
Because we added a hotspot below for Newell Run Road, we added “Mouth” to the name of this hotspot.
Wayne National Forest–Newell Run Road
Wayne National Forest–Number Nine Road
Wayne National Forest–Peggs Fork Run
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting these new hotspots in the Wayne National Forest-Marietta Important Bird Area.

Wills Creek Lake


Wills Creek Lake lies along the Muskingum-Coshcoton county line. We have added hotspots and adjusted names of others in this area to help birders know where they are birding in relation to the county line.

Muskingum County

Most of the lake is in Muskingum County. The hotspot on the lake has the county name added to help birders know that when they submit checklists to the hotspot the birds are assigned to Muskingum County. A new hotspot has been added at the boat launch on OH-83.
Wills Creek Lake (Muskingum County)
Wills Creek Lake–Boat Launch

Coshocton County

The dam near the mouth of Wills Creek is in Coshocton County and a small section of the lake south of the dam is in the county. We have added a hotspot for the dam. Please report birds seen on the lake near the dam at this hotspot.
There are also two hotspots on nearby county or township roads. Township High 145 Pond was formerly named Wills Creek Pond. The new name better informs birders where the pond is located. There is a new hotspot on County Road 7 at a similar pond. Thanks to Nathan Mast for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding there.
Wills Creek Lake–Dam
Conesville Coal Lands–Coshocton County Road 7 Pond
Linton Township Road 145 Pond

Updates

Lynx Prairie Trailhead
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Adams County

Edge of Appalachia Preserve
The Edge of Appalachia hotspot pages have all been updated with new maps and photos.
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Abner Hollow Road
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Buzzardroost Rock
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Lynx Prairie
The Lynx Prairie parking and trailhead has been moved to Cline Road. We have moved the hotspot and associated checklists to this new location.
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Wilderness Trail

Whipple State Nature Preserve
A map and photos have been added to the Whipple State Nature Preserve page.

Delaware County

Hoover Scenic Trail, Plumb Road to Wiese Road
Two hotspots have been combined. Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting that we merge Hoover Scenic Trail and Hoover Nature Preserve–Wiese Rd. together using the name above. The Scenic Trail follows the route of the old Wiese Road and Rob pointed out that birders have been using the “Wiese Rd.” location for the whole trail for some time. I kept the road name in the hotspot to help birders who have been using it to recognize that it is the appropriate hotspot.

Medina County

Westfield Center Village Park
Added a photo to the page.