What’s New–September 7, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Lorain County

Oberlin College
Thanks to Jory Teltser for suggesting that we add a general location for Oberlin College. We have several sub-locations on the campus but did not have an overall hotspot.

Marion County

Big Island Wildlife Area–New Bloomington North of OH-95
Thanks to Steve Jones for suggesting this additional hotspot at Big Island Wildlife Area.

Updates

Lorain County

Lorain Harbor
Lorain Harbor–Boat Ramp Hotwaters
Lorain Harbor–Fishing Pier
Black River Landing

Thanks to Ken Andrews for providing a description of the “Hot Waters” sites and maps for these locations.

Summit County

Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for providing photos and updated tips for birding at this location.

What’s New–August 31, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Knox County

stakeout Swallow-tailed Kite, Caves Rd., Howard (2019)
We have added a stakeout hotspot for the Swallow-tailed Kite being seen in Knox County. If you have submitted a checklist at or near this location, please change the location of your checklist to the stakeout hotspot.

Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Everett Road Covered Bridge Trails
Thanks to Ken Andrews for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and for providing tips for birding this location.

Updates

Knox County

Honey Run Highlands Park
Added photos and a map of the trails at this park.

Lake County

Lakefront Lodge
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Lucas County

Howard Marsh Metropark
Added photos.

Scioto County

Shawnee State Park–Marina
The golf course at Shawnee State Park has been closed. The property is to remain in the state park but no longer maintained as a golf course. We have changed the name of this hotspot accordingly.

Wyandot County

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Drained Reservoir
The Killdeer Reservoir has been drained and decommissioned. The dike that impounded the water had become unsafe and has been breached to drain the reservoir. The hotspot has been renamed accordingly.

Updates to Top Birding Locations

Updated the Top 35 Ohio Birding Locations on the Ohio home page.
(There is also a link which takes you to the list of the Top 100 Individual Hotspots in Ohio from the eBird website.)

Also updated the Top Birding Locations in each Ohio County. On each county page check the right column for a list of up to 10 hotspots with more than 100 bird species reported.

What’s New–August 24, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Iron Horse Trail
Photo by Jireh Mukawa

Montgomery County

Iron Horse Trail (Montgomery County)
Thanks to Jireh Mukawa for suggesting this as an eBird hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding at this location.

Updates

Ottawa County

We have learned that Celotex Marsh on Plasterboard Road is no longer available as a birding location and it has been removed as an eBird hotspot. The owners of the marsh are enforcing a no trespassing policy and have asked birders not to visit the site.

Is data lost when a hotspot is removed?

You may be wondering if data is lost when we remove a hotspot from eBird. The answer is definitely, “No.” The eBird website allows a hotspot editor to revert a hotspot to a personal location. We have done this very few times in Ohio, but it is good to have this option when it is necessary. The hotspot location then becomes a personal location in the accounts of the birders who have checklists submitted there. These birders “share” the location and it is “owned” by the birder with the oldest checklists.

Stark County

Iron Horse Trail (Stark County)
Iron Horse Trail (Stark County)–Cenfield Street

We have added a county designation to these hotspots to distinguish them from the Iron Horse Trail in Montgomery County.

What’s New–August 17, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Echo Dell Bridge
Photo by Patrick Lewis

Columbiana County

Beaver Creek State Park–Echo Dell Bridge
Thanks to Patrick Lewis for suggesting this additional hotspot at Beaver Creek State Park and for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Fayette County

New Holland Park
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County

Camp Chase Trail–Gardner Road
Flint Park

Greene County

Hebble Creek Reserve
Mill Bridge Launch Park
Pearls Fen
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting these hotspots.

Lake County

Lakefront Lodge
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot.

Licking County

T. J. Evans Bike Path
Wildwood Park, Granville
Photo by Rob Thorn


T. J. Evans Bike Path–Alexandria to Granville
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Granville
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Harndens Mill to Reddington Road
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Johnstown to Alexandria
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Newark

Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting these hotspots on the T. J. Evans Bike Path, providing tips for birding, and photos.

Muskingum County

National Road and Zane Grey Museum
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Granville Schools Land Lab
Map by Brad Imhoff

Licking County

Granville Schools Land Lab
Thanks to Brad Imhoff for tips for birding this location along with a helpful map.

Lucas County

University of Toledo Campus
Thanks to Nate Koszycki for providing a description and tips for birding on the campus.

Muskingum County

New Concord Village Reservoir
Thanks to William Kerrigan for adding photos and tips for birding this location.

What’s New–August 10, 2019

New stakeout hotspot

Ottawa County

stakeout Limpkin, Magee Marsh–Entrance Road (2019)
If you saw the Limpkin as this location, please change the location of your checklist to this stakeout hotspot.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Olentangy Trail–Ackerman Bridge

Lake County

Springbrook Gardens Park
Four birders suggested that this new Mentor City Park be an eBird hotspot.

Lucas County

University of Toledo Campus
Thanks to Nate Koszycki for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County

New Concord Village Reservoir
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot.

Trumbull County

Niles Greenway–Wetlands Area
Thanks to Larry Dutton for suggesting this hotspot.

Washington County

Marietta College
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot.

Warren County

Caesar Creek State Park–Cedar Point Trails
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this additional hotspot at Caesar Creek State Park.

Updates

Fairfield County

Coyote Run Farm
Coyote Run is an 800-acre farm located in Violet Township and Pickerington, Ohio. We want to meet all our visitors on your first visit. There is a new email address for making arrangements to visit. Please contact Tammy Miller, Coyote Run Farm’s Conservation Manager at 614-557-6883 or walkinnature@protonmail.com to make arrangements.

Wayne County

Pine Tree Barn Lake
Thanks to Su Snyder for providing photos of this hotspot.