What’s New–February 6, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3862 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Butler County
FurField Dog Park
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this hotspot. This park provides views of birds on Martin Marietta’s quarry lake.
Joyce Park
Thanks to Marianne Gorman for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Franklin County
Schiller Park
Union Cemetery, Columbus–East
Webster Park
Whetstone Park–Columbus Park of Roses
Thanks to Angelika Nelson for suggesting these four hotspots.

Highland County
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Barretts Rim Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Barrier Ridge Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Cedar Run Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Kamelands Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Listening Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Maudes Cedar Narrows Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Museum Trails
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Ridgeview Farm and Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Roundtop Loop
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting these hotspots on trails in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Please use these more specific locations when you submit checklists on these trails.

Rocky Fork State Park–Fishing Wharf
Rocky Fork State Park–North Beach Marina
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting these additional hotspots at Rocky Fork State Park.

Updates

Added a page listing Ohio Counties by Region.

Butler County
Marsh Park Fishing Lake
Changed the name of this hotspot from “Marsh Lake” to match the name used on the park webpage and on Google maps.

Summit County
PPG Lime Lakes
Changed the name of this hotspot from “Barberton Salt Ponds, Lime Lakes” to reflect the restoration work done by PPG Industries on this former industrial site. Thanks to Dennis Mersky whose company worked on the project for suggesting this change and for providing information about it.

Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for hotspots in several counties.
Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Barretts Rim Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Listening Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Museum Trails
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Ridgeview Farm and Trail
Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve
McCracken Fen State Nature Preserve
Milford Center Prairie State Natural Area
Myeerah Nature Preserve
Myeerah Nature Preserve–Wetland
Wayne National Forest–Big Bailey Wetland

What’s New–January 30, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3845 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Winter Birding at Killdeer Plains

January and February winter birding at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area can be a true adventure. Winter specialties, such as Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, Long- and Short-eared Owls, Lapland Longspurs, and Snow Buntings are often found in the area. Birders drive the area, birding much of the time from their vehicles, but exiting frequently to scan promising fields and walk in the woods. Sunset is early, 5:45 to 6:00 pm, depending when in the winter you go; starting a little before that, look for Short-eared Owls hunting over the fields.

Check the pages on Killdeer Plains in this website:
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
There are 17 eBird hotspots at Killdeer Plains and you will find a page of information on each of them, complete with maps and tips for birding.
Killdeer Plains Birding Drive
This birding drive suggests one way to drive through the wildlife area visiting 8 hotspots.

For reports on past trips check Jim McCarty’s article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer or the report of a trip by the Columbus Audubon Society.

When you go, dress warmly. Plan to stay to see the owls fly. Winter birding in Ohio is a great adventure.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Groveport Municipal Golf Course
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot.

Walnut Woods Metro Park–Big Run Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Buckeye Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Tall Pines Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Walnut Creek Fields
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting these additional hotspots within the Walnut Woods Metro Park and for providing tips for birding the Walnut Creek Fields. We have also added this Walnut Woods to the Ohio Birding Day Hikes index.

Greene County
Dominick Lofino Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Prairie Grass Trail–Cedarville
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County
Joes Run Recreational Trail
Thanks to Chris Crook for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo and tips for birding.

Ottawa County
Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor
Thanks to Ryan Lesniewicz for suggesting this hotspot.

Washington County
Muskingum River Road
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Revised help tip
How to get a “life list” of birds seen at a personal location

Hancock County
Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Litzenberg Memorial Woods–North of US-224
Litzenberg Memorial Woods–South of US-224
Added “US-224” to the hotspot names of the two sections of Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The use of directional labels in hotspot names can be confusing to birders who may not know an area. North of what? Or South of what?

Franklin County
Union Cemetery, Columbus–East
Added “Columbus” to the name of this hotspot to distinguish it from other Union Cemeteries in Ohio. Added a map.

What’s New–January 23, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3835 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – Stange Prairie
Muskingum County
Mission Oaks Gardens
Thanks to Taylor Shimek for suggesting this hotspot in Zanesville and for providing tips for birding.

Franklin County
Minerva Park Lake and Greenbelt
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Stange Prairie
The Stange Prairie has an observation deck that may be accessed from Stange Road. It provides views of the pond on the Wildlife Drive.

The hotspot Stange Rd. @ Krause Rd. has been adjusted accordingly. These roads are on the edge of the National Wildlife Area and birders use it to report birds seen in the agricultural fields on private lands along the roads.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Two Rivers Unit, O’Neal Road (restricted access)
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Two Rivers Unit, West Portage River South Road

Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting hotspots for a newly opened unit of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of the Portage and Little Portage rivers.

Updates

Clark County
Eagle City Rd. Borrow Pits (view from roadside only)
The Eagle City Road Borrow Pits are not open to entry. We have added (view from roadside only) to this hotspot name.

Cuyahoga County
Lakefront Reservation–Scranton Road Peninsula
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos.

Geauga County
South Russell Village Park
Thanks to Matt Valencic for providing tips and updated information about this park.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Little Portage Unit
Changed the name of “Little Portage River–Upper” to reflect that this has become a unit of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Scranton Flats
Scranton Flats, Photo by Tom Fishburn

What’s New–January 16, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3830 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Who are the Ohio eBird Checklist Reviewers?

Whenever I go birding in Ohio, I like to think that I have a friend who is an excellent birder along side of me. That’s how I consider the dedicated group of eBird checklist reviewers in Ohio. When I submit a checklist with a challenging id or when I make an inadvertent typing mistake, I can count on my friend to help.

Did you know that there are nearly 25 of these dedicated volunteers across the state, responsible for reviewing checklists submitted by eBirders. Some work only one county. Quite a few of them review checklists for two or more counties. I happen to know they spend a lot of time on this task and they do it so very well. When you go birding in Ohio and use eBird, you have a friend along to help you.

But who is the eBird checklist reviewer for your county? And how do you contact him or her if you have a question, a concern, or want to share more information about a checklist? This week, the eBird checklist review management team contacted the Ohio Ornithological Society asking if the “official” list of checklist reviewers could be hosted on the Birding-in-Ohio website. And they asked if the OOS would be willing to set up an email address birders could use to contact checklist reviewers. Of course, the answer was “Yes”!

 

You can find the official list of Ohio eBird checklist reviewers by visiting https://birding-in-ohio.com/ohio-ebird-checklist-reviewers/
The reviewers for all the Ohio counties are listed on this page. We have also listed the reviewer(s) for the each county on the appropriate county page in the Birding-in-Ohio website. You will find this information at the bottom of the county page below the list of all the hotspots in the county.

The new email address to use when you want to contact a reviewer is: ebirdreviewers@ohiobirds.org
If you have the email address for a reviewer, you may, of course, use that address. Be sure to include you name, location, county, and, if you have it, a link to the checklist you are discussing. If you know which reviewer you want to contact, you may put “Question for [reviewer name]” or “Please forward to [reviewer name]” in the subject line. The Ohio eBird checklist review management team monitors this email address and will work to get a response to you as quickly as possible.

Thanks to the Ohio eBird checklist reviewers for all they do for the Ohio birding community.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County
Buck Creek State Park–Boat Launch
The Boat Launch at Buck Creek State Park provides views of the Clarence J. Brown Reservoir. Added photos and tips for birding.

Fayette County
I-71 Jeffersonville Rest Area Southbound
Thanks to Nathaniel Sharp for suggesting this hotspot.

Frankllin County
New Albany Nature Preserve and Wetlands
Thanks to Steve Wheeler for suggesting this hotspot in New Albany and for providing photos and tips for birding. We adjusted the name of a nearby hotspot to New Albany School Woodlands Wetlands (formerly it was “New Albany Wetland”) to distinguish these two hotspots from each other. The village and the local school district have been involved in preserving and developing both natural areas.

Hamilton County
Fernald Preserve–Sycamore and Shingle Oak Trails
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this additional hotspot at the Fernald Preserve.

Shawnee Lookout–Former Golf Course Trails
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this additional hotspot at Shawnee Lookout.

Muskingum County
I-70 Zanesville Rest Area Westbound
Thanks to Nathaniel Sharp for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Updated several help articles to reflect the new eBird design for managing locations and checklists.
How to change the location of a checklist
How to merge a personal location with an eBird Hotspot
How to suggest a personal location as a new eBird Hotspot

Adams County
Chalet Nivale Preserve
Serpent Mound
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for both of these hotspots.

Cuyahoga County
Big Creek Reservation
Updated the maps for all the hotspots in the Big Creek Reservation.

Lakefront Reservation
Added Heritage Park and Scranton Road Peninsula hotspots which are now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks. Updated maps for several hotspot in the Lakefront Reservation.
Lakefront Reservation–Heritage Park
Heritage Park on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland is now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks as part of the Lakefront Reservation. We have adjusted the name accordingly.
Lakefront Reservation–Scranton Road Peninsula
The area known as “Scranton Flats” is now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks as part of the Lakefront Reservation using the name “Scranton Road Peninsula.” We have adjusted the name of the hotspot accordingly.

Hamilton County
Shawnee Lookout
Shawnee Lookout–Blue Jacket Trail
Shawnee Lookout–Boat Ramp
Shawnee Lookout–Former Golf Course Trails
Shawnee Lookout–Little Turtle Trail
Shawnee Lookout–Miami Fort Trail
Updated the maps on each of the pages describing hotspots at Shawnee Lookout. Added links to descriptions of hikes from the AllTrails website on each of the pages describing trails.

Scranton Road Peninsula

Shawnee Lookout

What’s New–January 9, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3823 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Bixby Road
Rager Road
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting these hotspots on rural roads near US-33. These roads traverse privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Sharon Woods Metro Park–Spring Creek Trail
Thanks to Marc Dearmy for suggesting this additional hotspot at Sharon Woods Metro Park.

Richland County
Cyclops Field
Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting this hotspot in Mansfield.

Trumbull County
Packard Park
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot on the Mahoning River in Warren.

Wayne County
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area–Headquarters
The Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Headquarters may be accessed from Centerville Road.

Updates

Updated the state Top Birding Locations on the home page of the Birding in Ohio website and the county Top Birding Locations on each county page.

Holmes County and Wayne County
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
Updated the maps of the sub-location hotspots within the wildlife area. For example, the map of Killbuck Wildlife Area–Clark Road more clearly shows the location of this hotspot in the wildlife area.

Wyandot County and Marion County
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
Updated the maps of the sub-location hotspots within the wildlife area.

Lucas County and Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive
Updated the map of the Wildlife Drive.