What’s New–July 6, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Geauga County

Geauga County Fairgrounds Parking Field
Thanks to Dave English for suggesting and providing a description of this hotspot.

Lucas County

Collins Park
Thanks to Paul Jacyk for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a description with tips for view birds.

Stark County

Stadium Park
Thanks to Michael Rossitti for suggesting this hotspot.

Wood County

Beaver Creek Preserve
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Stark County

Republic Landfill Grasslands and Airfield
We have added “Grasslands and Airfield” to this hotspot name to help birders know that there is no entry to the landfill itself. The grasslands and airfield adjacent to the landfill provides a place to view birds in the landfill area. Please do not enter or go past the office building into the active landfill. No permission or entry is allowed past that point. In winter, gulls can be viewed with a scope from the airfield hill.

Irwin Prairie
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

New Feature Complete
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

There are 307 pages of Ohio Birding Day Hikes. With a few exceptions, this list includes locations that have trails that provide 2 or more miles of hiking. Hikes may often be shortened or lengthened.

If there is a park or trail where you like to hike and see birds that we do not yet have in this collection, please suggest that we add it.

What’s New–June 29, 2019

Canfield Fairgrounds
Photo by Rob Macomber

New eBird Hotspots

Mahoning County

Canfield Fairgrounds
Thanks to Rob Macomber for suggesting this location as a hotspot and for providing a description and photos.

Wood County

Rudolph Savanna
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Columbiana County

Scenic Vista Park
This park is managed as a public hunting area by Ohio Department of Natural Resources and it is also a county park. We removed “Public Hunting Area” from the name of the hotspot to avoid confusion and match signs in the area.

Licking County

Pataskala Municipal Park
Thanks to Margaret Bowman for providing tips for birding and information about a handicap accessible trail at this park in Licking County.

Pickaway County

A. W. Marion State Park
This hotspot is being used to report checklists of birds seen anywhere in the State Park including on Hargus Lake. The name was adjusted from “A. W. Marion State Park–Hargus Lake”. Please continue to report birds seen on the lake to this hotspot.

New Ohio Birding Day Hikes

There are 207 pages of Ohio Bird Day Hikes. If there is a park or trail where you like to hike and see birds that we do not yet have in this collection, please suggest that we add it.

Bedford Reservation
Cuyahoga County

What’s New–June 22, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County

Alum Creek State Park–Dam at Africa Road
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting and providing a description of this additional hotspot at Alum Creek State Park

Lucas County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Metzger Marsh Partnership Trail
This new trail, open seasonally May through September, is accessed from Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area by walking the outer dike to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The trail continues for 2 miles and ends at the Crane Creek Estuary. This is an out and back trail, hikers must return to Metzger Marsh to exit.

White-eyed Vireo
seen at Decliff Road Trailhead
Photo by Amy Holloway

Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail–Augusta-Meeker Road to Decliff Road
Marion Tallgrass Trail–Decliff Road to LaRue-Marseilles Road
Thanks to Amy Holloway for suggesting that we add hospots either direction from the Decliff Road trailhead on the Marion Tallgrass Trail.

Updates

Delaware County

Alum Creek State Park–Sailing Club Access
Thanks to Rob Thorn for providing an updated description of this hotspot. There are three access points near the Sailing Club to view birds.

Harrison County

In order to make them work better with the new Clendening Lake Trails day hikes, we have made some adjustments to hotspot names located on the Buckeye Trail in this area.
Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail, North of Brushy Fork Bay
Formerly there were two hotspots, Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail North Side East and Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail North Side West. We have combined these and added Brushy Creek Bay to better identify the location.
Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail, South of Brushy Fork Bay
This was formerly Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail South Side. The new name more clearly identifies the location.

Lucas County

Oak Openings–Evergreen Trail (orange)
Oak Openings–Ferns and Lakes Trail (blue)
Oak Openings–Foxfire Trail (yellow)
Oak Openings–Sand Dunes Trail (red)

The names of four hotspots on trails in the Oak Openings Preserve Metropark had used the color of the blaze on the trail rather than the trail name. In creating a page about day hikes using the Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Trails, it seemed more helpful to have the name of the trail as well as the color of the blazes in the hotspot name. These hotspot names have been adjusted accordingly.

New
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Marion Tallgrass Trail – Holland Road Trailhead
Photo by Ken Ostermiller


Thanks to everyone who has helped with adding Ohio Birding Day Hikes.

There are only a few counties left with no hikes suggested: Brown, Coshocton, Defiance, Fayette, Gallia, Henry, Putnam, Van Wert, Washington, and Willaims. If you have a hike to suggest in any of these, please let me know.

What’s New–June 15, 2019

Irwin Prairie

New
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Ohio Birding Day Hikes, a new feature of the website, is under development.

I need your help. I would like to add at least one Birding Day Hike for each county in Ohio. I would like to add hikes suggested by Ohio birders. Please use the contact form to let me know if you have a good hike in your county that we should add.

Mohican State Park Covered Bridge

New eBird Hotspots

Portage County

Shaw Woods Park
Thanks to Jessica Winchell for suggesting this hotspot in Portage County.

Ross County

Tar Hollow State Forest–Logan Trail
This new hotspot is located where the Buckeye Trail intersects the Logan Trail in Tar Hollow State Forest.

Updates

Ashland County

Mohican State Park–Covered Bridge
Mohican State Park–Pleasant Hill Trail
Added photos to these two hotspot pages.

Medina County

Hinckley Reservation–Redwing Cabin Picnic Area
Thanks to Alex Garrote for providing photos and tips for birding this new hotspot.

Photo by Alex Garrote

Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park–Sycamore and Pine Loop Trails
This hotspot was set up for the Sycamore Trail and we have added the Pine Loop Trail to it. The Pine Loop Trail is adjacent and together they make a 2-mile hike in this section of the park.

Warren County

Caesar Creek Gorge
This hotspot was previously named “Caesar Creek SP–Gorge Trail Loop.” The trail is actually within the Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Area and may be access from the state park on the east or from the state nature area parking on the west. This hotspot may be used for checklists when hiking the Caesar Creek Gorge Trail.

What’s New–June 8, 2019

New Feature

Clear Fork Mohican River
Mohican State Park

Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Ohio Birding Day Hikes, a new feature of the website, is under development.

I need your help. I would like to add at least one Birding Day Hike for each county in Ohio. I would like to add hikes suggested by Ohio birders. Please use the contact form to let me know if you have a good hike in your county that we should add.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County

Beaver Creek State Park–Vondergreen Trail
This state park is in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Geauga County

Veterans Legacy Woods
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot at a newly opened Geauga County Park which was formerly the Wicked Woods Golf Course.

Greene County

Garland Reserve
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this new hotspot.

Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park–East Gorge Trail
This new hotspot in the Mill Creek Park was added with the new Birding Day Hikes feature to accommodate checklists submitted on the Mill Creek Gorge Trail Loop hike.

Medina County

Hinckley Reservation–Redwing Cabin Picnic Area
Thanks to Alex Garrote for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Hinckley Reservation and the Rocky River-East Branch Important Bird Area.

Updates

Clark County

Tecumseh Trail
We have moved the marker for the hotspot to the entrance of the Tecumseh Trail in Smith Park to make the coordinates easier to use with finding the location using a GPS or smartphone.

Franklin County

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus
Updated page with a “birding map” from the Green Lawn Cemetery webpage.

Johnson Woods Nature Preserve
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Wayne County

Added photos to these pages.
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Angling Road
Johnson Woods Nature Preserve
Wecht Road

New Maps

Added maps showing all the hotspots in these state parks or wildlife areas.

Butler County
Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park

Clark County

Buck Creek State Park

Clermont County

East Fork State Park

Cuyahoga County

Bedford Reservation

Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area

Lucas County

Maumee Bay State Park
Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area

Marion County

Big Island Wildlife Area

Ottawa County

East Harbor State Park

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

Wayne County
Holmes County

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area