About Notable Bird Sightings

What happened to the BirdTrax display of rare bird sightings?
If you were a fan of the BirdTrax display of notable bird sightings, you may be wondering what happened to it. eBird updated the application program interface (API) which meant the code for BirdTrax no longer works. The developer of BirdTrax did not have the time to continue development and support of the gadget. Instead, check these links.

BirdFinder
BirdFinder is a gadget written by Ed Norton, a Massachusetts birder. BirdFinder, displayed at the bottom of the website home page, provides information about the county where the bird was seen, which birder submitted the checklist, whether or not the sighting has been confirmed, and links to the checklist, Google map, and eBird species map.

Ohio Notable Bird Sightings
Thanks to Ken Andrews, an Ohio birder, who wrote the code for this display which you can view at the bottom of the home page of the Ohio eBird Hotspot website. There are two additional tabs on this display you may want to explore: Recent Sightings by County and Recent Checklists by County.

What’s New–November 2, 2019

There are 3491 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Brush Creek State Forest

Your eBird hotspot reviewer has added 8 new hotspots in the Brush Creek State Forest and I ask for help from birders in evaluating these new hotspots. The Brush Creek State Forest in Adams and Scioto counties is large and does not have much data in eBird. I hope that adding hotspots on roads and trails in the state forest will encourage birders to visit and submit checklists. If you visit this area, please help by using the new hotspots. Let me know if any of them do not seem appropriate or need to be adjusted.

Adams County

Brush Creek State Forest–Douglas Road Trail
Brush Creek State Forest–Hackelshin Road Trail

Scioto County

Brush Creek State Forest–Big Run Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Crabtree Cemetery Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Cramer Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Dry Fork Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Dry Run Creek Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Stone Quarry Ridge Trail

About this Website

Tip — What happened to the BirdTrax display of rare bird sightings?
If you were a fan of the BirdTrax display of notable bird sightings, you may be wondering what happened to it. eBird updated the application program interface (API) which meant the code for BirdTrax no longer works. The developer of BirdTrax did not have the time to continue development and support of the gadget. Instead, check these links.


BirdFinder
BirdFinder is a gadget written by Ed Norton, a Massachusetts birder. BirdFinder, displayed at the bottom of the website home page, provides information about the county where the bird was seen, which birder submitted the checklist, whether or not the sighting has been confirmed, and links to the checklist, Google map, and eBird species map.

Ohio Notable Bird Sightings
Thanks to Ken Andrews, an Ohio birder, who wrote the code for this display which you can view at the bottom of the home page of the Ohio eBird Hotspot website. There are two additional tabs on this display you may want to explore: Recent Sightings by County and Recent Checklists by County.

Cliff Swallows at Providence Metropark
Photo by Tom Fishburn

Updates

Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for the hotspots listed below.

Defiance County

Independence Dam State Park

Hocking County

Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve
Hocking Hills State Park–Old Mans Cave

Huron County

Norwalk Memorial Reservoir

Kitty Todd Nature Preserve
Photo by Tom Fishburn

Lucas County

Kitty Todd Nature Preserve
Oak Openings–Evergreen Lake
Providence Metropark
Salamander Flats

Mahoning County

Fellows Riverside Gardens
Mill Creek Park–Lily Pond
Mill Creek Park–Newport Wetlands

Medina County

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
Letha House Park–Lake and Wood Thrush Trails

Richland County

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Horseshoe Pond and Tree Farm
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park

Wayne County

Wecht Road

Other Updates

Medina County

Westfield Center Village Park
Added photos.

What’s New–October 26, 2019

There are 3483 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Gunlock Park
Photo by Michael Schramm

New tip About this Website

About Getting Directions to a Hotspot
This tip shows how to get driving directions from Google maps to any hotspot. Works with both desktop computers and smartphones.

New eBird Hotspots

Washington County

Gunlock Park
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio River and for providing a photo and tips for birding.

Updates

Lorain Impoundment map

Lorain County

Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Added a map of the trail around the impoundment.

Medina County

Killbuck Lakes Park–West
Added a map of the 2 trails at this park.

Ottawa County

Magee Marsh–Entrance Road
The stakeout hotspot for the Limpkin has been promoted to a regular hotspot at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. This hotspot stretches along the entrance road from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory to the Magee Marsh Bird Center. Please use caution when driving this section of the road, as birders often walk along the road here or stop to observe birds from their vehicle. Please do not park along the entrance road. If you wish to walk the road, it is safest to park in the Black Swamp Bird Observatory parking lot and walk from there. A Limpkin was observed in 2019 at a pond along this section of the entrance road.

Photo by Tom Fishburn

Portage County

Herrick Fen
Kent Bog State Nature Preserve
Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos of these nature preserves.

About Getting Directions to a Hotspot

You can use this website to interact with the eBird website and Google maps to get directions to an eBird hotspot. This tip will work on a desktop computer or your smartphone. On a smartphone you must have the Google maps app installed.

Suppose that you want driving directions to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (birders sometimes call this “Dike 14”).

First, find the page about this hotspot in this website. (Click on the link above. Or you can find a link to it on the Cuyahoga County page or by using the Alphabetical Index.) When you are on the page about the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, click on “View details” in the eBird links. This will open a page in the eBird website about the hotspot.

Just below the name of the hotspot, note that there is a link to “Get Directions”. Click on that link. It will open Google maps in a new window with an active marker for the hotspot.

On the Google maps page click on “Directions” to open the dialogue where you can add your location.

Be sure to check the final destination, as the eBird marker for the hotpot may be on a trail at the site rather than in the parking area. That is the case with this hotspot. You can adjust your drive accordingly.

What’s New–October 19, 2019

There are 3482 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tip — Looking for a place to hike and bird watch? Check out:
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Vultures Knob
Photo by Nancy O’Bryan

New eBird Hotspots

Auglaize County

US-33 Auglaize Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Auglaize Rest Area Westbound

Thanks to Sue Riffe for suggesting we add these rest areas as eBird hotspots.

Butler County

Oxford Airport
Thanks to Jay Shepphard for suggesting this hotspot and to Allan Claybon for providing information about birding there.

Wayne County

Vultures Knob Mountain Bike Trail
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding the location.

Updates

East Fork State Park
Prairie Trail
Photo by Ric Payne

Clermont County

East Fork State Park–Prairie Trail
Thanks to Ric Payne for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Lorain County

OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Eastbound
OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Westbound

Added “Lorain” and changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the names of these hotspots.

Medina County

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
Added a map showing the trail to and along Chippewa Lake.

Ottawa County

OH-2 La Carpe Creek Rest Area
Added “OH-2” and changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the name of this hotspot.

Pike County

OH-32 Pike Rest Area
Added “Pike” to the name of this rest area on OH-32 to distinguish it from other rest areas on OH-32.

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
Map by Ken Ostermiller

Portage County

I-76 Portage Rest Area Eastbound
I-76 Portage Rest Area Westbound

Changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the names of these hotspots.

Union County

US-33 Union Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Union Rest Area Westbound

Added “Union” to the names of these rest areas to distinguish them from other rest areas on US-33.