What’s New–December 5, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3795 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Holmes County
stakeout Varied Thrush, 5458 Walnut Creek Twp. Rd. 419 (2020)
Thanks to Eli Miller for suggesting this stakeout hotspot. If you have submitted a checklist with this bird, please change your location to the stakeout or merge your personal location into it.
Visit About Rare Birds for more info on finding and reporting rare birds in Ohio.

Wayne County
Back Orrville Road Pond
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for suggesting t his hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

What’s New–November 28, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3792 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Crawford County
Galion Bike Path
Thanks to Bobbi Reed for suggesting this hotspot for a new bike and walking trail in Galion and for providing photos and tips for birding.


eBird Rare Bird Alert for Ohio
With the eBird website upgrade, the Rare Bird Alert can now be sorted in various ways. The links in the Birding in Ohio website display the eBird Rare Bird Alert sorted by date with the newest sightings at the top. You can now quickly scroll through the list to see the newest rare bird sightings.

Example eBird Rare Bird Alert
(Click on image to open current version of the Rare Bird Alert.)

What’s New–November 21, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3791 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

How to Help

Are you interested in helping with the Birding in Ohio website?
Check the How To Help page. We always appreciate contributions which editors can add to pages about hotspots.
Birds of interest
Tips for birding
Photos of habitat
See the page for more details of the types of information birders will find helpful.

In addition, we are interested in having one or more “assistant editors” to help with editing tasks in the website. Volunteers must be members of the Ohio Ornithological Society. Contact us at hotspots@ohiobirds.org if you would like more information.

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New eBird Hotspots

Carroll County
Saber Road
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot. The road follows the course of the Dining Fork Creek.

Franklin County
stakeout Black-chinned Hummingbird, Galloway (2020)
Thanks to Alex Eberts for suggesting this stakeout hotspot. If you have submitted a checklist with this bird at a personal location, please merge your location into this stakeout.

Harrison County
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting these hotspots in Harrison County.
Adams Road
The road travels through woods and deep ravines.

Cadiz-Flushing Road
The Harrison-Belmont county line crosses this road north of Flushing. Use this hotspot to report birds seen in Harrison County from the county line north to OH-519.

Crazy Road
The road travels through an area of reclaimed land.

YMCA Camp Road
The road plunges down off of Adams Road towards Clendening Lake crossing Colman Run.

Lucas County
Point Place Lighthouse
Thanks to Silas Fischer for suggesting this additional hotspot which is located within Bay View Park.

Pickaway County
Metzger Preserve and Ballard Park
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding. Metzger Preserve is 52 acres and features prairies, woods and access to Deer Creek. The Preserve is accessed through Ballard Park.

Stark County
Constitution Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot in Louisville.

Updates from Ohio Ornithological Society

The Ohio Ornithological Society website features “Where We Are Birding” articles by OOS Regional Directors. This week these excellent tips for birding have been added to the appropriate pages below.

Athens County
Lake Snowden
Strouds Run State Park
Thanks to Melissa Wales for providing tips for birding at two hotspots in Athens County via the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes newsletter.

Franklin County
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park–Darby Plains Wet Prairie Restoration
Blendon Woods Metro Park
Thanks to Kandace Glanville, OOS Central Regional Director, for tips for birding at these hotspots.

Hancock County
Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Findlay Reservoirs
Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay
Thanks to Amy Downing, OOS Northwest Regional Director, for adding tips on birding at these hotspots.

Lake County
Fairport Nursery Road
Painesville Township Park
Sunset Harbor
Thanks to Sarah Preston for providing tips for birding at three hotspots in Lake County via the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes newsletter.

Lorain County
Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Margaret Peak Nature Preserve
Oberlin Preserve
Thanks to Diana Steele, OOS Northeast Regional Director, for tips for birding these hotspots.

Other Updates

Erie County
Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
Updated trail map.

Blackhaw Accessible Trail at Strounds Run State Park
Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay
Margaret Peak Nature Preserve

What’s New–November 14, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3782 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

The eBird website will have a planned outage November 17, 8:00 am, to November 19, 8:00 am. During this 48 hours, the project is updating the database and importing data from several projects.

The Birding in Ohio website will continue to be available as normal. However, links to the eBird website will, of course, not work.




New eBird Hotspots

From Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Thanks to the staff at Western Reserve Land Conservancy for suggesting we add eBird hotspots at these properties which have recently been opened to the public through the work of the Land Conservancy.

Columbiana County

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail–Salem Greenway Preserve Trailhead
Western Reserve Land Conservancy helped to conserve a 30-acre property on either side of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail called Salem Greenway Preserve.

Erie County

Kelleys Island–Ed Curilla Preserve
Located on Huntington Lane on Kelleys Island, the trails at Ed Curilla Preserve provide access throughout the property’s forests, wetlands, and globally unique alvar habitat, which supports rare plant species. These habitats provide important resources for migrating birds, reptiles, amphibians, dragonflies, damselflies, and other wildlife.

Kelleys Island–Huntley-Beatty Preserve
Within walking distance of Kelleys Island’s downtown, the Huntley-Beatty Quarry provides visitors with opportunities to hike and explore the unique ecological and geological features of the island.

Geauga County

Auburn Community Park
Auburn Community Park is a project of Auburn Township in cooperation with Western Reserve Land Conservancy. It is located on Munn Road in Auburn Township southeast of Chagrin Falls.

Centerville Mills Park
Centerville Mills Park is located on Crackle Road in Bainbridge Township. The hiking trails give park visitors the opportunity to see and to hike through upland and bottomland forests, through high-quality wetlands areas, and along Spring Creek.

Fowlers Mill Cemetery
Fowlers Mill Cemetery is bordered on the east by the old interurban railroad and the Chagrin River. It is connected to the larger Munson Township Scenic River Retreat.

Scenic River Retreat
The Scenic River Retreat is on Mayfield Road near Chardon overlooking Fowlers Mill.

Geauga County (continued)

Nero Nature Preserve
Visitors can explore almost 2 miles of gorgeous nature trails that extend through old farm field and beech-maple forest, across streamed ravines that overlook a floodplain habitat extending along a tributary of the Chagrin River and past high-quality wetlands.

Lorain County

Oberlin Preserve
In August 2020, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, with funding and cooperation from conservation partners, announced the opening of the historic Oberlin Preserve. The preserve features a restored prairie, wet woodland, and was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Oberlin Preserve–Prairie and Oberlin Preserve–South Woods are both within the newly opened preserve and the word “Preserve” has been added to the names of these hotspots.

Ottawa County

Lucien Clemons Park
The picturesque Lucien M. Clemons Park has frontage along Lake Erie and includes both green open space and submerged land available for visitors to enjoy.

Portage County

Bretschneider Park
Bretschneider Park is a cooperative project of the City of Aurora and  Western Reserve Land Conservancy. It is located on East Pioneer Trail adjacent to the Aurora Audubon Sanctuary.

Forest Lake Wildlife Preserve
Western Reserve Land Conservancy helped add 10.5 acres of wet forest habitat to the City of Kent’s beautiful Forest Lake Wildlife Preserve.

Summit County

Eastwood Preserve
The Eastwood Preserve is a 28 acre parcel of land located in the heart of Richfield and has hiking trails through forests and open fields full of pollinators and wildflowers.

Haleys Run Trail
Haley’s Run showcases our urban conservation work through the 4 acre addition to the South Akron Greenway. Conservation partners restored a PCB-laden ditch into a greenway with a free-flowing stream lined with native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Visitors can enjoy a walk or run along the trail that winds through the greenway.

Additional New eBird Hotspots

Fayette County
Jeffersonville Park
Thanks To Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot along Sugar Creek in Jeffersonville.

Portage County
West Branch State Park–East Boat Ramp, Gilbert Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this additional hotspot at West Branch State Park.

Richland County
stakeout Rufous Hummingbird, 2741 Huntsman Rd., Bellville (2016, 2020)
If you have submitted a checklist with this bird, please change your location to the stakeout hotspot.

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Penniman Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area.