What’s New–May 29, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3994 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Are you planning a trip to a part of Ohio that is new to you?
Want information on where to go birding in a county you have never visited before?

Ohio Birding Drives are routes for birding trips that 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 in each Ohio county and, in many counties, there is more than one.

Visit Ohio Birding Drives for a list of all the birding drives in each county.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County
Big Oak Nature Park
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Delaware County
Alum Creek State Park–Kilbourne Boat Launch
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Hamilton County
Delhi Park
Thanks to Michael Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Medina County
Maple Lakes Campground (register at office)
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding. Birders are welcome. There is a day use fee.

Updates

Geauga County
Pekin Road Marsh
Thanks to Mark Shaver via the Geauga County Wildlife Facebook page for updated information on viewing birds at this marsh. Property owners have graciously allowed birders to view the wildlife in the marsh. There is a safe pull off area off the berm of the east bound lane close to Auburn Road. Please obey traffic laws. Do not pull off road facing traffic. Also it is not recommended to pull off any side of Auburn Road near the marsh. This is an unsafe area to do so. There is limited visibility for you and oncoming traffic on Auburn.

Vinton County
Zaleski State Forest–Moonville Tunnel
Added tips for birding. Athens area birders maintain the Moonville Tunnel Prothonotary Trail along the Moonville Tunnel Trail. The purpose of the Prothonotary Trail is to provide nesting boxes along the Moonville Trail in the excellent nesting habitat close to Raccoon Creek for this warbler species who will use nest boxes if provided.

What’s New–May 22, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3990 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County
Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Rome Rock Creek Road
Thanks to Sean Artman for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.

Franklin County
Iuka Park and Ravine
Thanks to Amy Kramer for suggesting this hotspot in Columbus.

Henry County
East Riverdowns Park
Thanks to Mike Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Hocking County
John Glenn Astronomy Park
Thanks to David Boon for suggesting this hotspot.

Lorain County
James Day Park
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Putnam County
Arrowhead Park
Thanks to Mike Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Shelby County
Lake Loramie State Park–Siegles Bridge
Thanks to Tom Moorman for suggesting this additional hotspot in Lake Loramie State Park and for providing tips for birding with a map of a trail north from Siegles Bridge.

Summit County
Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Pine Hollow Trailhead
Thanks to Ed Carroll for suggesting this hotspot in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Wayne County
Holmes County Trail–Fredericksburg
Thanks to Kadan Kitanic for suggesting and providing tips for birding this hotspot at the terminus of the Holmes County Trail in Wayne County.

Williams County
Springfield Park
Thanks to Mike Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Ashtabula County
Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Station Street Trailhead
The hotspot for the trailhead in community of Rock Creek has been adjusted from “Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Rock Creek” to “Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Station St. Trailhead” to prevent confusion with the new hotspot at Rome Rock Creek Road.

Cuyahoga County
Big Creek Reservation–Fern Hill Picnic Area
Big Creek Reservation–Snow Road Picnic Area
Thanks to Ken Andrews for providing tips for maps and tips for birding these hotspots.

Lake County
Indian Point Park
Thanks to the Ohio Ornithological Society “Chip Notes” newsletter for providing photos and tips for birding this park.

Lucas County
Sandhill Crane Wetlands
Adjusted the name of this hotspot from “Angola Rd. and Rabb Rd.” to “Sandhill Crane Wetlands.” The Nature Conservancy has acquired the agricultural land adjacent to Kitty Todd Preserve and is restoring the wetland. Please view birds from the roadside only until the property is open to the public.

Indian Point Park Lower Entrance
Photo by Jim Smallwood

What’s New–May 15, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3980 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Hotspots vs. Personal Locations

As we add hotspots to eBird in Ohio, you may have submitted checklists at a personal location where there is now a hotspot. While personal locations within the area of a hotspot are perfectly ok in eBird, hotspots have the advantage of amalgamating the data making it more accessible to other birders. For example, the birds you report at a personal location do not show up in the species totals or in bar charts for the hotspot.

We encourage eBirders to review your personal locations and, where appropriate, merge them into eBird hotspots. Check the link below for directions on how to do this:
How to merge a personal location with an eBird Hotspot

More information on eBird hotspots can be found in the help article, eBird Hotspot FAQs.

New eBird Hotspots

Coshocton County
Fairfield Cemetery
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot in West Lafayette.

Cuyahoga County
Mill Stream Run Reservation–Bridle Trail, West 130th Street to Edgerton Road
Thanks to Steve Borgis for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mill Stream Run Reservation.
Tinkers Creek Trail–South of Pettibone Road
Thanks to Cory “Chia” Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Delaware County
Delaware State Park–Lakeview Trail
Thanks to Ed Lux for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Knox County
Kokosing Gap Trail–Killduff Road
Thanks to Andi Browning for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Kokosing Gap Trail.

Marion County
Sawyer-Ludwig Park
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Medina County
Black River Nature Preserve–Hidden Hollow Camp (restricted access)
Access to Hidden Hollow Camp is restricted to rental groups for most of the year.

Sandusky County
Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area–Headquarters Check Station
Thanks to Tom Stayancho for suggesting this additional hotspot at Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area.

Summit County
Longwood Park
Thanks to Sean Artman for suggesting this hotspot in Macedonia.

Trumbull County
Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Wetland South of Dunkerton Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this hotspot on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.
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What’s New–May 8, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3970 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Adams County
Shawnee State Forest–Churn Creek Road
Shawnee State Forest–Lower Twin Creek Road
Added hotspots on roads in the Adams County section of Shawnee State Forest.

Cuyahoga County
Tuxedo Park
Thanks to Rich and Karen Kassouf for suggesting this hotspot in Brooklyn Heights.

Franklin County
Ferris Wright Park
Thanks to Peter Kleinhenz for suggesting this hotspot in Dublin and for providing tips for birding.

Greene County
Travertine Fen State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Peter Kleinhenz for suggesting this hotspot near Spring Valley and for providing tips for birding.

Medina County
Memorial Park, Medina
Roscoe Ewing Park
Sam Masi and Crestwood Parks
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots in the city of Medina.

Portage County
Plum Creek Park, Kent
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots in Kent.

Montgomery County
Pleasant Hill Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot in Centerville.

Ross County
Scioto Trail State Forest–Buckeye Trail, Stoney Creek Road
Scioto Trail State Forest–North Ridge Road
Scioto Trail State Forest–South Ridge Road

Added three hotspots in Scioto Trail State Forest

Wayne County
University of Akron, Wayne College
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for suggesting this hotspot in Orrville.

Updates

Medina County
Allardale Park
Lake Medina
River Styx Park
Added new maps recently developed by the Medina County Park District for these parks.

Plum Creek Park, Brunswick
Added “Brunswick” to the name of this hotspot to distinguish it from another Plum Creek Park in Portage County.