What’s New–November 7, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3765 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Did you know that the Birding in Ohio website has links to help you view the birds you have reported in Ohio?

For more information on using this feature visit About your eBird Life Lists..

There are links you can use for all of Ohio, each county, and every eBird hotspot.

New eBird Hotspots

Simon Kenton Trail, Woodburn Road Acesss
Photo by Jon Cefus

Champaign County
Simon Kenton Trail–County Line Road Access
There is a parking area for the Simon Kenton Trail on the north side of County Line Road near the intersection of County Line Road and OH-68.
Simon Kenton Trail–Woodburn Road Access
There is a parking area for the Simon Kenton Trail on the north side of Woodburn Road. This access is located just east of Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve.

Harrison County
Busby Road
Dickerson Church Road
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting these hotspots and for providing tips for birding. Both of these roads traverse privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Stark County
Devonshire Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot in Canton and for providing photos.

Ida Park
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting this hotspot. Ida Park is a small community park south of the intersection of US-30 and Cherry Street Southeast in Canton. Nimishillian Creek flows through the park.

West Lawn Cemetery
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting this cemetery in Canton as an eBird hotspot.

Updates

Franklin County
Blendon Woods Metro Park–Goldenrod Trail
Blendon Woods Metro Park–Thoreau Pond
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of these hotspots.

Geauga County
Middlefield Retention Ponds
Thanks to Ami Horowitz for adding photos and tips for birding.

Monroe County
Monroe Lake Wildlife Area
Wayne National Forest–Holmes Wetland
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of these hotspots.

Noble County
Seneca Lake Park
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of this park.

Stark County
Esmont Park
Kiwanis Park
Reservoir Park
Sippo North Park
Sippo South Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for providing photos for each of these parks.

Washington County
Kroger Wetlands
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of this hotspot.

Lake Erie Public Access Guide

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has updated and put on the internet the Lake Erie Public Access Guide. This guide has access information about many birding sites on Lake Eire and on rivers that flow into the lake. Information about locations is being added to appropriate hotspot descriptions.

Middlefield Retention Ponds, south pond – Photo by Ami Horowitz
Wayne National Forest, Holmes Wetland – Photo by Kandace Glanville

What’s New–October 31, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3758 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Ohio Birding Drives are routes for birding trips which can be accomplished in one day, stopping to walk and bird at various eBird hotspots. For each Birding Drive, a Google map is provided with the route and suggested stops at eBird hotspots. You may save the link to the Google map on your smartphone or tablet, or print a copy on paper to take with you. Links are provided for each eBird hotspot. Follow those links for information about birding each location.

There is at least one birding drive for each county in Ohio and more than one for most counties.

New eBird Hotspots

Mercer County
Beaver Creek Treatment Train
Thanks to Josh King for suggesting this hotspot. The Beaver Creek Treatment is located south of Grand Lake Saint Marys near the community of Montezuma and the Lakeview Airport. It is on Cassella-Montezuma Road.

Stark County
Esmont Park
Kiwanis Park
Massillon Cemetery
Reservoir Park
Sippo North Park
Sippo South Park
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting these hotspots.

Updates

Fairfield County
Wahkeena Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos of Wahkeena Nature Preserve.

Jackson County
Cackley Swamp
Updated the page with directions to Cackley Swamp.

Medina County
Veterans Memorial Park, Spencer
Changed the name of this hotspot from “Spencer Reservoir” because the park includes the reservoirs and additional land along Coon Creek preserved working with Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

Mercer County
Coldwater Creek Treatment Train
Prairie Creek Treatment Train
Added map images and links to these two hotspot pages.

Stark County
Dueber Avenue
Thanks to Jon Cefus for adding photos of the habitat at this hotspot.

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Durst-Colebrook Road
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Gardner-Barclay Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting that we adjust the names of these hotspots to use the road names which are on the wildlife area map rather than the county road numbers.

Wyandot County
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Drained Reservoir
Added information about the draining and decommissioning of the Killdeer Plains Upground Reservoir.

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Maps
Updated appropriate hotspot pages with links to maps of lakes managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Wahkeena Nature Preserve – Photo by Tom Fishburn
Duebner Avenue – Photo by Jon Cefus

What’s New–October 24, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3751 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Looking for a good bird watching location where you can walk or hike?
Ohio Birding Day Hikes are designed to help birders discover places to walk and see bird life. Often when we visit a park for the first time it is a challenge to know where to start. These hikes, recommended by birders and hikers in Ohio, are a way to begin to explore new territory.

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.

Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, Lucas County

New eBird Hotspots

Pickaway County Airport
From Google Maps

 

 

Geauga County
Middlefield Retention Ponds
Thanks to Ami Horowitz for suggesting this hotspot.

Pickaway County
Pickaway County Airport
Pickaway County Airport is a birding location described by the Ohio Ornithological Society but for which a hotspot had not been established. If you have submitted checklists at this location, please merge them into this newly established hotspot.

Updates

Sandusky County
Bonham Road
Riddle Road
Removed the county name modifier (Sandusky Co.) from these hotspots. Each road is within the county and the road name changes at the county line.

Riddle Road, Sandusky County

What’s New–October 17, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3749 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Roadside Birding

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, cemeteries, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.

Check the Roadside Birding index of locations in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle.

Summit County Fairgrounds Parking Area

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Galloway Park
Thanks to Amy Collins-Warfield for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding and a photo tour of the park.

Monroe County
Fishers Grove Rest Area
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot located on the south side of OH-78 near Lewisville.

Portage County
Trail Lake Park
Thanks to Patric Coy for suggesting this hotspot located on Ravenna Road in Streetsboro, adjacent to Herrick Fen.

Summit County
Hillside Memorial Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding. Hillside Memorial Park is located on Canton Road in Akron.

Summit County Fairgrounds Parking Area
Thanks to Adam Jackson for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo, tips for birding, and a map of the location. Also, thanks to Brian Tinker for providing tips.

Updates

Lake County
Hach-Otis Sanctuary State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos of the preserve.

Lucas County
Manhattan Marsh Preserve Metropark
Thanks to Sherry Plessner for letting us know that this metropark is now open and for providing a photo. We have removed (not yet open) from the hotspot name.

Ottawa County
Magee Marsh–Migratory Bird Center and Trails
This hotspot has been renamed, eliminating reference to the “Hawk Tower” which is closed.

Manhattan Marsh Metropark is now open.

What’s New–October 10, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3744 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Updates to County and State Top Hotspot Lists

Counties

This week I updated the list of Top 10 Hotspots on each county page. For Cuyahoga County click on the image to the right or navigate to your favorite county. On each county page there is a list of up to 10 hotspots with the most species reported in that county.

Ohio

On the home page there is a list of the 35 birding locations in Ohio with the most species reported. That list has been updated this week. Click on the image below to go to the home page.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County
Beaver Creek State Park–Oak Hill Trail and Logans Loop
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.
Damascus Cemetery
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this hotspot. Damascus Cemetery is located on the east side of Valley Road south of US-62 near Salem. A large flock of Pine Siskins has been observed at this cemetery.

Madison County
Somerford Cemetery
Thanks to Chad Pumpelly for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a description with tips for birding.

Medina County
Black River Nature Preserve Bluebell Valley
Bluebell Valley is located on Richman Road near Lodi. Visitors can expect to experience beautiful views of grasslands and woodlands, interesting walking trails, and lush habitat for butterflies and migrating birds. This area was part of a wetland mitigation and stream restoration project in 2002 that restored 8,000 linear feet of the Black River.

Scioto County
Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Joshua Eastlake for suggesting this hotspot and providing a photo and description of parking and the trail in the preserve.

Trumbull County
Grand River Wildlife Area–Parking and Wetland East of OH-534
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Stark County
Berlin Mudflats
Thanks to Jon Cefus for providing helpful information on viewing birds at various locations at Berlin Lake when mudflats appear during low water and the tip of a website with up-to-date information about the water level of the reservoir.