What’s New–May 2, 2020

There are 3529 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Focus on . . .

Focus on Birding Close to Home
Stay home, stay safe. Avoid unnecessary travel.
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has forced birders in Ohio to do bird watching close to home. Actually birding close to home is a good idea almost any time and in all seasons. Here are some thoughts on how you can use eBird and this website to help you with bird watching close to where you live.

Tip for using this website

How to get a Life List of birds you have seen at a Personal Location
Have you ever wanted to know how many bird you have reported at the personal location for your yard or another location? This link gives you directions of how to retrieve that from eBird.

New eBird Hotspots

Butler County

Elk Creek Metropark
This beautiful natural setting provides views of the wooded hills and rolling meadows forming the walls of the creek valley while the open lawn areas of the park serve as recreation space for park customer/owners using the park’s 10 covered picnic shelters and multiple playgrounds for children. Hiking trails are routed throughout the woods and along Elk Creek, which runs the length of the park. Thanks to Mike Busam for suggesting this hotspot.

Clinton County

Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area–Anderson Fork
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting two new hotspots in the Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area.

Fairfield County

Zeller Park
Zeller Park is 29+ acres in Violet Township in the northwest part of Fairfield County. Some of the activities you can enjoy at this park are playing on the sports/soccer fields, playground equipment and swings, birding and nature watching, photography, hiking or walking, dog walking, playing in the natural play areas, picnicking. Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Greene County

Hyde Road
During wet weather a skypool may form in the agricultural field adjacent to Hyde Road near Yellow Springs. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot.

Lake County

Wildwood Cultural Center and Park
The 34-acre estate, filled with stately trees and beautiful gardens, includes hiking trails, barrier-free restrooms, picnic and wildlife area. Thanks to Joan Scharf for suggesting this hotspot.

Miami County

West Milton Municipal Park
West Milton Municipal Park is managed by the West Milton Parks and Recreation Department. Facilities include a large playground area, shelters and picnic areas, a fishing pond (catch and release), rest room facilities, a boat ramp for river access, canoe rentals, large open areas, and a wetlands area. Thanks to Collette Lauzau for suggesting this hotspot.

Portage County

Rotary Glacial Esker Trail
The Glacial Esker Trail (GET) is located behind the Mantua Village Water Treatment Plant, near the Upper Cuyahoga State Scenic River, in the southwest portion of Mantua Village. Thanks to Bill Grant for suggesting this hotspot.

Vinton County

Zaleski State Forest–Lookout Rock
Lookout Rock is located on Hope-Moonville road, a narrow, gravel road that winds through Zaleski State Forest. Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Cuyahoga County

Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Added photos.

Licking County

T. J. Evans Bike Path–Harndens Mill to Reddington Road
We renamed this section of the trail to make the endpoint Redding Road instead of Cherry Valley Road. Thanks to Margaret Bowman for noting that the trail does not cross Cherry Valley Road here.

Portage County

Paddock River Preserve
Added a trail map for this new park.

Skypools

Adjusted the names of several eBird hotspots to remove the word Skypool from the name. These hotspots may be used to report birds at any time of year, although they are most productive in wet weather. We have many hotspots in Ohio where skypools may form. The information about skypools has been retained in the description of these hotspots.

Clark County
Shockley Road

Crawford County
Stevens Road @ OH-98

Erie County
OH-269 @ Erie County Road 175

Greene County
Old OH-42 Road
Solon Road

Madison County
William Lucas Road

Richland County
Bistline Road

Sandusky County
Billman Road

Stark County
Coblentz Avenue
Diamond Street

What’s New–April 25, 2020

There are 3621 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Allen County

Ridge Road, Delphos
Thanks to Chris Marks for suggesting this hotspot. Ridge Road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Also, added to the Roadside Birding index.

Champaign County

OH-4 at Hawk Road Wetland
The wetland on OH-4 near the intersection with Hawk Road is a large wet field full of cattails. Red-Winged Blackbirds are at home there and visitors include Wood Ducks and Great Blue Herons. Parking is only available on the grassy margins alongside OH-4. Use caution and pull completely off the roadway when stopping due to traffic on OH-4. The roads in this area traverse privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Clark County

Medway Town Park
Medway Town Park is a small park located on Lower Valley Pike at the Mad River in Medway. Parking is at the intersection of Lower Valley Pike (Main Street) and Sycamore Street (Spangler Road). The park is the terminal end of the Estel Wenrick Wetlands Preserve path. One can walk from Medway to the Estel Wenrick Wetlands Preserve parking lot (about 1 mile) and back. There are 2 Lower Valley Pike Scenic Byway historical markers along the trail in the park.

Clermont County

East Fork State Park–Double Gate Area
Thanks to Kirk Doerger for suggesting this hotspot in East Fork State Park.

Delaware County

Covington Meadows Nature Reserve
Thanks to Kayla Stevens for suggesting this hotspot. Covington Meadows, located in Genoa Township between Tussic Road and Old 3-C Highway and just north of the Freeman Road intersection, features 47 acres of meadow land.

Franklin County

Dublin Springs Park
Thanks to George Billman for suggesting this hotspot on the Scioto River.

Geauga County

Holbrook Hollows
Thanks to Linda Gilbert for suggesting this hotspot. Holbrook Hollows is a 131-acre park that provides access to Cleveland Metroparks’ South Chagrin Reservation bridle trail. Four trails total 2.8 miles.

Harrison County

Conotton Creek Trail–Bowerston Trailhead
Conotton Creek Trail–Conotton Road Trailhead
Conotton Creek Trail–Jewett Trailhead
Conotton Creek Trail–Scio Trailhead

Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting the Conotton Creek Trail for eBird hotspots. The Conotton Creek Trial is 11.2 miles. Out and back hikes of varied distances are available from each of the trailheads.

Madison County

Guy Cemetery
Guy Cemetery. located on the east side of Guy Cemetery Road, is a small rural cemetery in western Madison County. It has legible tombstones going back to the 1830s and 1840s.

Muskingum Recreational Trail
Dresden Main Street Trailhead
Photo by Chris Crook

Muskingum County

Muskingum Recreational Trail–Dresden Main Street Trailhead
Muskingum Recreational Trail–Ellis Dam Road Trailhead
Muskingum Recreational Trail–Rock Cut Road Trailhead

Thanks to Chris Crook for suggesting these hotspots on the Muskingum Recreational Trail and for providing descriptions and photos. You can hike from any of the Muskingum Recreational Trail trailheads. The total trail length is about 6 miles. Out and back hikes of various lengths are possible.

Stark County

Middle Branch Trail–Gervasi Station Trailhead
Thanks to Shannon Klemens for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Middle Branch Trail.
Martindale Park
Reifsnyder Park
Schreiber Park

These 3 parks, managed by the city of Canton, provide parking for and access to the Middle Branch Trail.

Washington County

Washington County Career Center Outdoor Education Trail
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a map, photos, and a description of the trail.

New Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Harrison County

Conotton Creek Trail
The Conotton Creek Trial is 11.2 miles. Out and back hikes of varied distances are available from each of the trailheads.

Muskingum County

Muskingum Recreational Trail
You can hike from any of the Muskingum Recreational Trail trailheads. The total trail length is about 6 miles. Out and back hikes of various lengths are possible.

Stark County

Middle Branch Trail
The Middle Branch Trail is 7.66 miles with 5 eBird hotspots spaced along the trail. The distance you choose to hike may be varied by starting at any of the hotspots and hiking out and back along the Middle Branch of the Nimishillen Creek.

Wordens Ledges
Photo by Tom Fishburn

Updates

Hardin County

Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Helen Ostermiller for providing a photo of the large oaks on the boardwalk trail at Lawrence Woods.

Medina County

Hinckley Reservation–Wordens Ledges
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos of the trail at this hotspot.

What’s New–April 18, 2020

There are 3601 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Greenlawn Cemetery, South Charleston
The entrance to Greenlawn Cemetery is on South Charleston Pike (OH-41) in South Charleston.

Lawrenceville Cemetery
The entrance to Lawrenceville Cemetery is on Lawrenceville Road adjacent to Lawrenceville Community Church.

Newcomers Cemetery
The entrance to Newcomers Cemetery is on Mechanicsburg Road (OH-4) near the intersection with East Home Road in Springfield.

Saint Bernard Cemetery
The entrance to Saint Bernard Cemetery is on West Home Road in Springfield.

Daniels Park

Lake County

Daniels Park
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot, for writing a description of it, and for providing photos.

Trumbull County

Mosquito Lake State Park–Walnut Creek
Thanks to Rick Nelson for suggesting this additional hotspot in Mosquito Lake State Park and Mosquito Creek Corridor Important Bird Area and for providing photos and tips for birding there.

Vinton County

Old McArthur Road Wetlands
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot, for writing a description of it, and for providing a photo of the wetland.

Updates

Crawford County

Daughmer Prairie
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos of this prairie.

Cuayhoga County

Chestnut Grove Cemetery
Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery

Thanks to Penny O’Connor for adding photos to the pages about these two hotspots.

Medina County

River Styx Park
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos of this park.

Portage County

Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos of this nature preserve.

Wayne County

Johnson Woods Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos of this nature preserve.

Focus on Birding Close to Home

Stay home, stay safe. Avoid unnecessary travel.
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has forced birders in Ohio to do bird watching close to home. Actually birding close to home is a good idea almost any time and in all seasons. Here are some thoughts on how you can use eBird and this website to help you with bird watching close to where you live.

Enjoy the birds in your yard or neighborhood
Many birders do enjoy watching the birds that visit your yard. Bird feeders, where they are permitted, will attract birds almost anywhere in Ohio. It is a good way to see birds in the winter and a delight when Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will come to feeders in the summer. I have a unproven theory that almost any patch in Ohio should, over time, be a place where you can see at least 100 species of birds. So, here’s the challenge.

eBird has two features which allow you to track birds — Yard Totals, for birds you see in your yard, and Patch Totals, for bird you see in your favorite bird watching patch. You define each by including locations where you bird, either your personal locations or eBird hotspots. The totals are of birds you have reported in checklists you have submitted to eBird. There is an article where you can read more about these features in the eBird website: Patch and Yard Lists in eBird.

If you are looking for a walk, why not consider walking the sidewalks or street in the neighborhood of your house. You could set it up as an eBird patch to keep track of what you see. You might be amazed, keeping track of what you see for several years and in all seasons, how quickly you reach 100 species. Give it a try.

Visit Parks or Hotspots close to home
You can use the eBird Hotspot Explorer to find birding locations close to your home. Note the “Location” box at the top right of the map. Type your street address and city there. Give it a moment and select the address that appears closest to your home.

 

 

The markers for eBird hotspots are color coded. When you click on an icon, a dialogue box appears with info about the hotspot and links to explore more about it. You can get driving directions to the location by clicking on “Directions”. Locations with fewer than 100 species are most likely not as popular and will also have fewer people present. You might choose to visit the nearest eBird hotspots with less than 100 species. Doing this regularly, say once a week over the course of a year, may significantly increase the total number of birds recorded there.

Bird watching at a cemetery near your home
There are many cemeteries in Ohio which are also eBird hotspots. Often these locations are not crowded and it is possible to view birds from your vehicle.

Riddle Road, Sandusky County
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Roadside Birding
Sometimes it can be a joy to view birds from your vehicle. We have collected list of Roadside Birding locations in Ohio organized by county. 

There are many locations, especially in rural counties, in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle. Rural roads through agricultural lands, state forests and wildlife areas, “skypools” that form after a rain, airport runways near public roads, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.

Please use care when birding these locations. When you stop, pull off as far as you are able. Use flashers when there is traffic. If you park to get out of your vehicle, park at a pull off or on the berm completely off the pavement. Many of these locations are on roads that traverse privately owned land. Do not enter a private property without permission.

Also, see the list of hotspot locations which have handicap accessible facilities.

Check the list for your county and select the locations which are nearest to your home.

Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Irwin Prairie
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Ohio Birding Day Hikes are designed to help birders discover places to walk and see bird life.

It is sometimes said that “birding is the slowest form of transportation.” Even walking a short distance while observing birds can take lots of time. There are some short hikes in this collection, but many are 2 miles or longer. Often there are options of trails to take or suggestions of ways to shorten or lengthen a hike.

The list of Ohio Birding Day Hikes is organized by county. Check the list for your county to discover which of these locations are nearest to your home. Not all parks are open. Be sure to check the park website for information about parks in your neighborhood.

What’s New–April 11, 2020

There are 3594 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New Focus on . . .

Focus on Birding Close to Home
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has forced birders in Ohio to do bird watching close to home. Actually birding close to home is a good idea almost any time and in all seasons. Here are some thoughts on how you can use eBird and this website to help you with bird watching close to where you live.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

National Road Commons Park
Old Columbia Street Cemetery

These two hotspots are located near each other in the city of Springfield.

Columbiana County

Leetonia Beehive Coke Ovens Park
Thanks to Peter Wilson for suggesting this hotspot which is in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area and adjacent to the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail.

Medina County

North Park, Brunswick
Thanks to Henry Trimpe for suggesting this hotspot.

Montgomery County

Washington Township Recreation Center
Thanks to George Keller for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Geauga County

Patch Road
Thanks to Matt Valencic for providing updated tips for birding this road.

Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos to several hotspot pages.

Gallia County
Bob Evans Farm

Gallia County and Lawrence County
Crown City Wildlife Area

Jackson County
Buckeye Furnace State Memorial
Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area
Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area–Headquarters and Iron Furnace

Lawrence County
Wayne National Forest–Lake Vesuvius