What’s New–June 27, 2020

There are 3697 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Clark Avenue
Thanks to Ryan Smylie for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Washington Reservation
Located in Newburgh Heights the 59-acre Washington Reservation is Cleveland Metroparks 15th reservation. The picnic shelter, recreational field, wetlands or the all purpose trail with its neighborhood links will make the venture to Washington Reservation both easy and well worth the trip for any park visitor. 1.1-mile of all purpose trail along East 49th Street and Washington Park Boulevard connects to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation at East 49th Street and Grant Avenue.

Lake County

Girdled Road Reservation–North Entrance
Thanks to Josh Hargrave for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Girdled Road Reservation.

Morrow County

Shauck Cemetery
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot located in Morrow County outside of Mansfield.

Ottawa County

Portage River Fishing Access
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot located in Port Clinton.

Richland County

Oak Grove Memorial Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this cemetery near Lexington as a hotspot.

Summit County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Bolanz Road to Deep Lock Quarry
Thanks to Ned DeLamatre for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Updates

Summit County

Sand Run Metro Parkā€“Big Bend Trailhead
Thanks to Carole Sheridan for providing photos.

What’s New–June 20, 2020

There are 3690 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County

Tom Kruse Wildlife Conservation Park
The Tom Kruse Wildlife Conservation Park consists of approximately 80 acres with significant wildlife habitat, gently rolling meadows, a wooded ravine, and a pond. There is public access for fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature study and more. This park is situated in Montgomery Township at the intersection of OH-60 and County Road 1754, not far from Byers Woods.

Delaware County

Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center
Resurrection Cemetery is located just north of Columbus and Worthington on US-23. Thanks to Kevin Coffman for suggesting this hotspot.

Greene County

Creekside Trail–Xenia
The Creekside Trail along Shawnee Creek in Xenia goes north from the center of Xenia and passes several parks. Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this additional hotspot along the Creekside Trail.

James Ranch Park
The gardens at James Ranch, cared for by the OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardeners, feature perennial, enabling, and vegetable gardens. The four-acre park features the James family home, a nineteenth century Italianate farmhouse with a springhouse and pond. The park is an access to the Creekside Trail. Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Huron County

Exchange Road–US-250 to OH-162
Exchange Road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. The grasslands adjacent to Exchange Road are designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Aside from the interesting woodlot in the middle of the stretch of road and a swale that crosses the road, the entire block contains planted farm fields. It appears that the owners have abandoned any attempts to turn this into grassland.

Fairlawn Park
Photo by Kathy Mock

Lucas County

Anchor Point Road
Anchor Point Road parallels Williams Ditch and ends at Anchor Point Marina. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Summit County

Fairlawn Park
Fairlawn Park is located on Ridgewood Road and houses a Community Garden and Soccer Fields. Smith Ditch flows through Fairlawn Park. Part of a wetland restoration project, there is a wildlife viewing deck overlooking the wetland. The deck is accessed from a trail at the end of the parking lot adjacent to the soccer fields. Thanks to Kathy Mock for suggesting this as a hotspot and for providing photos.

Summit Bike and Hike Trail–West Highland Road
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Summit Bike and Hike Trail.

Infirmary Road
Photo by Alex Eberts

Vinton County

Infirmary Road
Infirmary Road traverses privately owned lands. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Alex Eberts for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Ohio Important Bird Areas

Most of the Important Bird Areas in Ohio are defined as a polygon in eBird. Just a few are not. Added links to First sightings, Last sightings, and High counts for all the IBAs where this information is available. This allowed updating the list of eBird hotspots which are within each IBA area.

Columbiana County

Hellbender Bluff County Park
Changed the name of this hotspot, replacing “Public Hunting Area” with “County Park.” When added to eBird, this park was managed as a state public hunting area. It is now managed by the Columbiana County Park District. Hellbender Bluff is within the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Lorain County

French Creek Reservation–Burrell Homestead (restricted access)
Access to Burrell Homestead is limited to guided educational activities. Added (restricted access) to the name of this hotspot.

Franklin County

Glen Echo Park
Added an annotated map and photo from the Ohio Ornithological Society newsletter. Thanks to Kandace Glanville for these additions.

County Pages

On each county page, there is a list of up to 10 of the Top Hotspots in the county with over 100 bird species reported. I update this twice a year, usually in January and June. I am in the process of making this update now. It is interesting to see how the list changes over time. For example compare the list in Columbiana County.


What’s New–June 13, 2020

About state of Ohio website links

You may have noticed than the state of Ohio is in the process of updating websites. All of the links to information about state parks, wildlife areas, state nature preserves, boat ramps, and more currently go to a temporary website. The new websites are in development but will not be ready until summer. Once the new websites are ready, it will take some time to update the links. In the meantime, I ask for your patience.
Ken Ostermiller

There are 3681 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Belmont County

Saint Clairsville Memorial Park
Saint Clairsville Memorial Park–Newlin Falls Nature Trail

Thanks to Seth Ausubel for suggesting the Newlin Falls Nature Trail in Saint Clairsville Memorial Park as a hotspot. Also added a hotspot for the whole park.

Columbiana County

Bolivar Road
Bolivar Road (Washington Township Road 791) traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Diane Baughman for suggesting this hotspot.

Cuyahoga County

South Chagrin Reservation–Sulphur Springs Trails
Thanks to Alex Burke for suggesting this additional hotspot in the South Chagrin Reservation.

Fairfield County

Smeck Park
Smeck Park is 48+ acres in Liberty Township in the northern part of the county. There are deep ravines and meadows, mature mixed hardwood trees, a Civilian Conservation Corps pine plantation, and fields that are partially divided by Little Walnut Creek and the Ohio & Erie Canal. Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Miami County

Lost Creek Prairie Preserve
Tipp City is located in Miami county in west-central Ohio and best known for being a stop along the long-extinct Miami and Erie canal, Spring Hill nursery, and the annual Mum Festival in the fall. For a little over a decade Tipp City has been purchasing farm land outside of town along the Great Miami River with Clean Ohio Conservation Grant funds to convert the agriculture into prairie. The major reason for this has been an effort to protect and safe guard the well fields and underground aquifer from which the city and surrounding area gets its potable water supply.

Portage County

Edinburg Park
Edinburg Park is located on Rock Spring Road just north of I-76 and is managed by the Edinburg Township Parks Department. Thanks to Ami Horowitz for suggesting this hotspot.

Tuscarawas County

Camp Tuscazoar Trails
The camp is a privately owned Boy Scout camp, but the trails are open to the public. They just require you to sign in. No fees or permits are required. Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot and providing tips for birding.

Updates

Updated the Top Ohio Birding Locations

Updated hotspots on County and Township Roads to include the name of the county or township.
Clay Pits–West of Marion Township Road 227
Holmes County Trail–Prairie Township Road 346 Marsh
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Wyandot County Road 71 East
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Wyandot County Road 71 West
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Wyandot County Road 75 (no vehicles)
Kokosing River–Newcastle Township Road 423 Access
Linton Township Road 145 Pond
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Bridgewater Township Road 8
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road R Grasslands
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road S Bridge
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road S Grasslands
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road S Marsh
Little Sandusky River @ Pitt Township Road 113
Little Sandusky River @ Pitt Township Road 125
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Trumbull County Road 195 Wetlands
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Trumbull County Road 284 Wetlands
Seneca Township Road 26 Wildlife Production Area
Wyandot County Road 29

Stark County

Bolivar Dam (Stark County)
Corrected the spelling of Bolivar.

Summit County

Fort Island and Griffiths Park
Adjusted the name to match the official name of this park complex.