What’s New–March 7, 2020

There are 3549 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Morgana Bluffs Nature Preserve
Thanks to Mary Anne Romito for suggesting this hotspot.

Fairfield County

Hunter Park
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Greene County

Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area–OH-380 Access
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot in the Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area.

Lorain County

Hollstein Reservation
Thanks to Ashley Hahn for suggesting this hotspot.

Mercer County

Gilliland Nature Sanctuary
Thanks to Josh King for suggesting this hotspot and providing tips for birding there.

Updates

eBird Hotspot Frequently Asked Questions
Added a link to a helpful article on eBird Hotspots, how they are organized, named, and managed. Look for this link on the home page of this website.

About Restricted Access

As a general rule, eBird hotspots are located at places with public access and birders are welcome to enter the location to view birds. There are, however, some exceptions.

There are a few locations, some of which have ongoing research projects, where access is restricted to those who have permission to enter the site. These hotspots have (restricted access) added at the end of the hotspot name.

There are roads in Ohio that traverse privately owned lands which are agricultural fields, grasslands, wetlands, or forests. We have added (view birds from the roadside only) to the hotspot name of some, but not all, of these locations. When viewing birds from a public roadside, do not enter any privately owned land without first seeking permission. In addition, some public lands are designated as wildlife refuges and access is restricted.

In Ohio, there are no entry fees at many city, township, county, state, and national locations. There are some exceptions where there is a fee to enter a park. We have not added this information in the name of the hotspot. When we know this to be the case, entry fees are listed in the description of the location in this website.

Many birders annually purchase an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and a federal Duck Stamp, both of which provide significant funding for the development and preservation of lands where we go to see birds.

What’s New–February 22, 2020

There are 3545 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Ohio State University–Society for Ecological Restoration Site
Thanks to Tyler Ficker for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio State University Main Campus.

Marion Community Foundation Lake
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail–Marion Community Foundation Lake
Thanks to Steve Jones for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Marion Tallgrass Trail.
Please note that the name of the hotspot associated with the trailhead on Holland Road has been adjusted to Marion Tallgrass Trail–Holland Road Trailhead. This trailhead has many traveling checklists for the eastern section of the trail from Holland Road to OH-203 (1.7 miles). This section of the trail passes the Marion Community Foundation Lake.

Muskingum County

Genesis Hospital Walking Trail
Thanks to T. Shemick for suggesting this hotspot.

Union County

Scotts Associate Park (restricted access)
Thanks to Ghislain Rompré for suggesting this hotspot. Access is restricted to Scotts employees and their guests and the park is included in the annual Christmas Bird Count in the area. Several Scotts employees are birders who survey this park regularly.

Updates

About Notable Bird Sightings
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.

Tip for using this website

About Restricted Access
As a general rule, eBird hotspots are located at places with public access and birders are welcome to enter the location to view birds. There are, however, some exceptions.

What’s New–February 15, 2020

There are 3541 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Capital University
Thanks to Jessica Camp for suggesting this hotspot.

Summit County

Copley Community Park
Thanks to Greg Snowden for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Whew! Finished making many behind the scene updates, visiting every page in the website in the past two weeks. (There are 4,165 pages currently!) Many websites, including eBird, have been updating to more secure urls, changing from http:// to https://. The older links were redirecting to the changed websites but the process made many pages load a bit slower. Now, when you click on a link to the eBird website, it should open slightly faster. I also found a few errors I made in setting up pages and fixed those problems in the process.

Photo by Janet Chandler

Knox County

Wolf Run Regional Park
Thanks to Janet Chandler for providing photos and tips for birding.

What’s New–February 8, 2020

There are 3539 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Pickaway County and Ross County

Ross-Pickaway County Line Road
Ross-Pickaway County Line Road (Pickaway County)
Ross-Pickaway County Line Road (Ross County)

Thanks to Eric Reiner and Ken Danter for suggesting that we add an eBird hotspot on this road that birders have visited for many seasons. This road is right on the county line. Ross County is south of the road. Pickaway County is north of the road. While the birds do not care about the county line and cross it freely, some birders keep careful track of bird sightings within each county. There are two eBird hotspots to use to report checklists of birds seen in each county.

Updates

Union County

Jim Simmons Trail
Thanks to Steve Jones who suggested moving the marker for this hotspot to the entrance of the Jim Simmons Trail adjacent to the Mill Valley Park parking area.