What’s New–July 25, 2020

There are 3713 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Mudsock Trail
Thanks to Donald Borbridge for suggesting this hotspot. Mudsock Trail runs from Franks Park to Spindler Dog park in Hilliard. It is gravel and about 1.5 miles in length.

Fulton County

Sauder Village Oak Savannah and Wetlands
Thanks to Jacob Myers for suggesting this hotspot adjacent to the Sauder Village Campground and for providing tips for birding and photos of the habitat.

Geauga County

Lucia S. Nash Preserve
Thanks to Ethan Maynard for suggesting this newly opened Nature Conservancy preserve in the Cuyahoga River-Upper Important Bird Area as a hotspot. Ethan has also provided photos and tips for birding at the Nash Preserve.

Hamilton County

Gravel Pits West of Kilby Road
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this new hotspot for the gravel pits on the west side of Kilby Road.

Please note that we have adjusted the name of the hotspot for the gravel pits on the east side of Kilby Road to:
Kilby Road Gravel Pits, Smith Tract
The Hamilton County Park District now manages this area as the Smith Tract.

Pickaway County

Pickaway County Airport
No birder has suggested this location as an eBird hotspot even though it has been listed for some time as a good birding site by the Ohio Ornithological Society. I created a page describing it so that we can evaluate whether or not this can be an eBird hotspot. If you have birded this location, please use the contact form to let me know of recent experience with bird watching at this rural airport.

What’s New–July 18, 2020

There are 3709 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tip for using this website

Looking for places where you can observe birds from your vehicle? Check the
Roadside Birding Index
This index is a list, organized by county, of hotspots with roadside access.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Upper Valley Mall
The Upper Valley Mall is located on Upper Valley Pike in Springfield. Check the wooded edges of the parking lots of this mall. See page for photos and tips for birding.

Cuayhoga County

North Chagrin Reservation–Cleveland Metropark Drive
Thanks to Ami Horowitz for suggesting this additional hotspot in the North Chagrin Reservation.

Muskingum County

Putnam Hill Park
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Franklin County

The Ohio State University Main Campus
Added a link for Ohio State University Main Campus Parking website to each of the pages about hotspots on the campus.

Hamilton County

Armleder Park
Added tips for birding from the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes newsletter.

Lucas County

Blue Creek Metropark
The name of this hotspot has been adjusted to reflect that Blue Creek is now a Metropark and is no longer a Conservation Area. Thanks to Sherry Plessner for noting the need for this update. The description of the park has been updated.

Stark County

Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for photos added to this page.

Stark Parks Locations
Thanks to Chris Lamb for noting the Stark Parks has a new page of information about birding in the Stark County park district. This page includes links to list of common birds reported at many of the parks in the district drawn from eBird checklists. There are also some helpful tips for birding specific locations. These tips have been added to several pages:
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–John Glenn Grove
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Lock 4 Park
Walborn Reservoir (Stark County)
Walborn Reservoir–Eagle Nest Observation Deck

Fixed broken links

This website has over 4,000 pages and more than 150,000 links to other websites. Keeping those links up to date can be quite a challenge. Every time a webpage name changes, the link is broken and you will see a “404 page not found” message. That can be frustrating when you want the information from that page. Lucky for me, WordPress has a “Broken Link Checker” to address this problem. Almost daily, I get a message when a link in the website is broken. One day this week, I fixed broken links on 8 pages.

The state of Ohio is in the process of updating all of the websites about state parks, wildlife areas, and nature preserves. The links in our website go to temporary websites about these state locations. Once the new state of Ohio websites are installed it will take me quite a bit of time to adjust the links to these state sites. Thank you for your patience when a link you follow does not work as you expect.

What’s New–July 11, 2020

There are 3706 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County

Ashcroft Woods Conservation Area
Thanks to Thomas Reiter for suggesting this hotspot in the Grand River-Upper Important Bird Area.

Franklin County

Hickory Chase Ponds
There are several ponds along Hickory Chase Way on the grounds of the Hillard Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Thanks to Chad Pumpelly for suggesting this hotspot.

Logan County

US-33 Huntsville Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Huntsville Rest Area Westbound

Thanks to Chad Pumpelly for suggesting that there be hotspots at these rest areas.

Summit County

Summit Bike and Hike Trail–Barlow Road
Thanks to Patrick Coy for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Summit Bike and Hike Trail.

Updates

Ashtabula County

Removed the Crooked Creek Conservation Club as a hotspot at the request of the managers of this private shooting range.

Clermont County

Grailville Nature Trails
Updated the information about the trails at Grailville provided by Terrie Puckett the executive director of Grailville.

Franklin County

Ohio State University–Livestock Facilities (restricted access)
We wanted to provide a quick update on one of the more popular birding locations in Central Ohio; the Ohio State University Livestock Facility located off of Sawmill Road. This is a popular location for many vagrants as well as one of the most reliable locations to observe Upland Sandpipers as they nest at the airport next door. For years, the workers have been very accommodating for birders but it appears that, at least for now, that welcome has been worn thin.
Without mentioning specifics, there have been several incidents over the last couple of months that have resulted in gates being locked. Now, more recently, people have actually been purposely locked in and confronted by someone and told to leave and never return. While we hope we can work to restore the positive relationship with this fantastic birding locale, we ask people to respect their wishes and not visit the farm to bird especially during this ongoing pandemic. Just because the gates are open, does not mean it is acceptable for birders to enter. This means workers are present and going about their business.
The American Birding Association makes specific mention of this in their Code of Ethics, part 3a: “Never enter private property without the landowner’s permission. Respect the interests of and interact positively with people living in the area where you are birding.” If we all respect their wishes, hopefully we can regain this important birding area for next year. Thanks to everyone for respecting their wishes, and happy birding!

What’s New–July 4, 2020

There are 3702 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Allen County

McLean Teddy Bear Park
Thanks to Linda Houshower for suggesting this park where she observed Henslow’s Sparrows as a hotspot.

Franklin County

Rush Run Ravines
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and providing a photo and description of the pocket parks and conservation easements in the Rush Run neighborhood Worthington.

Greene County

Stewart Cemetery
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this cemetery at the intersection of Hanley and Orchard Grove Roads in Bowersville as a hotspot.

Knox County

Kokosing Gap Trail–Stull Road
Thanks to Benjamin Miller for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Kokosing Gap Trail.

Sandusky County

River Cliff Park
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this park in Fremont as a hotspot.