Ken Ostermiller

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What’s New–Current

New eBird Hotspots

Thanks to the many birders who submitted checklists in the Kirtland’s Warbler Migration Blitz research project. In Ohio, we had a little over 300 hotspots (KIWA-OH-survey) set up to accept checklists for the project. The research project is complete and a paper has been published with the results. The survey hotspots have been retired from eBird.
+ A little over half of the hotspots (160) had no checklists and have been deleted.
Survey hotspots with checklists
+ have been merged into an existing hotspot (112),
+ renamed to become a new hotspot (34), or
+ in just a few cases changed to a personal location shared by those who submitted checklists (6).

The new hotspots created from former KIWA-OH locations are listed below.

Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area–New Burlington Rd.
Euclid Creek Reservation–Glenridge Loop
Euclid Creek Reservation–Upper Highland Trail
Rocky River Reservation–Guerin Rd.
Rocky River Reservation–Valley Parkway Trail
Rocky River Reservation–Willow Bend Picnic Area
Alexander Rd.
Alum Creek SP–Africa Rd. @ Plum Rd.
Delaware SP–Willey Rd.
Hoover Scenic Trail
Resthaven Wildlife Area–Carson Pass Rd.
Christman Memorial Park
LaDue Public Hunting Area–Aquilla Rd.
South Newbury Cemetery
Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area–Centerfield Rd.
Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area–Cope Rd.
Paint Creek Wildlife Area–Burgess Rd.
North Chagrin Reservation–Bridle Trail
North Chagrin Reservation–River Grove Chestnut Shelter
Mary Rutan Park
French Creek Reservation–Pine Tree Picnic Area Entrance
Manore Rd.
Oak Openings–Jeffers Rd.
Oak Openings–Reed Rd.
Oak Openings–Waterville Swanton Rd.
Oak Openings–White Oak Campground
Towpath Park
Gearhiser Rd.
Deer Creek SP–Beach Picnic Area
Malabar Farm Restaurant
Paint Creek SP (Ross Co.)
Brandywine Ski Resort
Trumbull Woods Park
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Township Rd. 103

What’s New–April 20, 2019

Notable Bird Sightings

Birders who appreciated the BirdTrax display of notable sightings, there are two replacements in development.
Ohio Notable Bird Sightings developed by Ohio birder, Ken Andrews, displays on the bottom of the Birding in Ohio home page.
WhereDaBirds, which we are unable to display on a WordPress page right now, has more links similar to BirdTrax. There is a link to this website, also on the home page. WhereDaBirds is being developed by Ed Norton, a birder in New England.

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County

Ruffner Park
Thanks to Jacob Abel for suggesting this hotspot on the Big Walnut Creek in the Big Walnut Important Bird Area.

Hamilton County

Bender Mountain Nature Preserve
Thanks to Ellie Hahn for suggesting this hotspot.

Montgomery County

Air Force Museum Memorial Park
Thanks to Daniel Brockman for suggesting this hotspot in the Memorial Park adjacent to the National Museum of the Air Force.

Portage County

Johnson Road, Kent
Thanks to Doug Bryant for suggesting this hotspot.

Wayne County

Christmas Run Park
Thanks to Nathaniel Sheerer for suggesting a hotspot at this park in Wooster.

Updates

Delaware County

Gallant Farm
Gallant Woods Park
The names of these two parks has been adjusted as the Delaware County Preservation Parks no longer uses the word “preserve” in the park names. The official names are Gallant Farm and Gallant Woods Park.

Lake County

Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark–Clark Road
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark–Lane Road
Added photos to all three pages.

What’s New–April 13, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail–Leetonia Trailhead
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail

Delaware County

Alum Creek State Park–Old Berlin Station Road
Thanks to Steve Landes for suggesting this additional hotspot in Alum Creek State Park
Hoover Reservoir–Fishing Access North of County Line Road
Thanks to Steve Landes for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Hoover Reservoir

Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park–East Channel and Islands Trail
Thanks to Barbara James for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mill Creek Park

Updates

Summit County

Richfield Heritage Preserve
Ken Andrews has updated the Guide to the Richfield Heritage Preserve with some new tips for birding.

Clay Plant Road
Photo by Su Snyder

Wayne County

Clay Plant Road
Thanks to Su Snyder for providing photos.

What’s New–April 6, 2019

New Feature


Thanks to Ken Andrews for designing a Notable Sightings gadget which has replaced the popular BirdTrax display of rare bird sightings on the Ohio home page.

Please note there are three tabs in the display.
+ Notable Sightings in Ohio (the default) shows the most recent rare bird sightings reported to eBird, sorted by date. Sightings that have been verified by eBird reviewers are highlighted in a yellow box.
+ Recent Sightings by County looks back 30 days. It shows the most recent sighting of a species in the selected county.
+ Recent Checklists by County displays the past 150 checklists for the county.
When you switch to a tab you must select the county of interest to you.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County

Guilford Lake State Park–Guilford Lake
Thanks to Laura Dornan for suggesting this additional hotspot at Guilford Lake State Park and for providing tips for birding Guilford Lake.

Hamilton County

Lindner Park
Thanks to Oscar Wilhelmy for suggesting this hotspot in the Norwood area of Cincinnati.

Harrison County

Custer Monument
Custer Monument is to the young soldier whose “Last Stand” made him a household name, at the site of George Armstrong Custer’s birthplace. Photos added to page.

Jefferson County

Richmond Park
Richmond Park is located on South Park Street. Photos added to page.

Lucas County

John T. Kennedy Memorial Park
Thanks to Paul Jacyk for suggesting this hotspot on OH-2 in Jerusalem Township and for providing a photo for the page.

Ottawa County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Price-Adams Unit
Thanks to Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for announcing the opening of this new unit of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Portage County

West Branch State Park–Marina and Beach
West Branch State Park–Rock Spring Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting these two new hotspots at West Branch State Park.

Wayne County

College of Wooster Campus
Thanks to David McConnell for suggesting this college campus as a hotspot.

Clay Plant Road
Thanks to Su Snyder for suggesting that we add this hotspot near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area adjacent to Wilderness Road in Wayne County.

Updates

Lucas County

Lucas County Lakeshore Birding Drive
Thanks to Mark Fesh for suggesting that we add Howard Marsh Metropark to the Lucas County Lakeshore Birding Drive.

Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Ottawa County

Catawba Island State Park
Catawba Point Preserve
Cedar Meadow Preserve
Photos were added to these locations on Catawba Island.
The name of the hotspot formerly listed as Catawba Island Nature Preserve has been changed to Catawba Point Preserve to reflect the official name used by Catawba Island Township. Google Maps has this preserve incorrectly named.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Helle Unit
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–West Harbor Landing
Photos were added to the pages for these newly opened locations in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Tuscarawas County

Zoar Village
The name of this hotspot has been changed so that it can accept checklists of birds seen in any section of Zoar Village.

What’s New–March 30, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

North Chagrin Reservation–Sylvan Loop
Thanks to Ben Nickley for suggesting this additional hotspot in the North Chagrin Reservation.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Helle Unit

Greene County

Old OH-42 Road Skypools
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot and adding tips for birding this road.

Ottawa County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Helle Unit
The Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge have announced the opening of this new unit on West North Toussaint Road just east of Benton Carroll Road.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–West Harbor Landing
Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting this addtional hotspot for the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Updates

Marion Tallgrass Trail – Holland Road Trailhead
Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail–Holland Road to OH-203
Added tips for birding and photos of the Holland Road Trailhead and the Marion Community Foundation Lake.

What’s New–March 23, 2019

Wilson Road Park

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Buck Creek State Park–New Moorefield Access
Thanks to Carl Winstead for suggesting this additional hotspot at Buck Creek State Park and for providing tips for birding this location.

South River Road, South Charleston
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot along the Little Miami River.

Franklin County

Westmoor Park
Westmoor is a neighborhood park adjacent to Westmoor Middle School.

Wilson Road Park
Wilson Road Park also provides parking and access for the Camp Chase Trail.

Green Township Bike and Walk Trail map

Hamilton County

Green Township Bike and Walk Trail
Thanks to Daniel King for suggesting this hotspot along a newly opened bike and walk trail in Green Township.

Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park–Beach
Thanks to Alexis Treeger for suggesting this additional hotspot at Hueston Woods State Park.

Portage County

Wingfoot Lake State Park
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this additional hotspot on Wingfoot Lake.

Richland County

Mansfield Walmart Retention Pond
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Wingfoot Lake State Park

What’s New–March 16, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Goodale Boulevard Parks: McKinley, Wallace Gardens, Wyman Woods
Thanks to Jim Rowoth for suggesting Wyman Woods as a hotspot and to Rob Thorn who suggested that the three small parks along the Goodale Boulevard greenway would together make a good eBird hotspot.

Greene County

Linebaugh Road
Thanks to Rick Luehrs for suggesting this location as a hotspot.

Richland County

Urwin Parkway Wetland (view from roadside only)
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this location as a hotspot.

Summit County

Sagamore Hills Park
Thanks to Matthew Kappler for suggesting this location as a hotspot.

Updates

Stange Prairie
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

BirdTrax no longer available
The Rare Bird Alert from the eBird website replaces the popular BirdTrax gadget on the Ohio home page. I am disappointed to let you know that BirdTrax is not being supported by the developer and the version we were using is no longer able to extract data from eBird.

Ottawa County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Stange Road and Krause Road and Observation Tower
Added information about Stange Prairie from the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

What’s New–March 9, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Greene County

Caesar Ford Park
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Highland County

Rocky Fork State Park–East End Overlook and Marina
Rocky Fork State Park–East Shore Drive Boat Ramp and Dam
Thanks to Dale Bailey for adding these two hotspots at Rocky Fork State Park

Lake County

Baker Road Park
Thanks to Josh Hargrave for suggesting this hotspot in the Grand River-Lower Watershed Important Bird Area.

Licking County

Thomas J. Evans Foundation Park, Pataskala
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding the trail in the park.

Wayne County

Fox Lake Road
Thanks to Scot Long for suggesting this hotspot. Fox Lake Road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Updates

Birding in Ohio

On the home page and on each county page, the list of Top Birding Locations has been updated with the latest total number of species seen at each location.

Licking County

T. J. Evans Park, Newark
We have added the community name to this hotspot to distinguish it from a similarly named park in Pataskala. Several parks in Licking County were named to honor T. J. Evans.

What’s New–February 23, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County

Northeast Ohio Regional Airport
Thanks to Lydia Machczynski for suggesting this location as a hotspot. The roads adjacent to the airport can be good for winter raptors.

Highland County

Rocky Fork SP–South Beach and Boat Ramp
Thanks to Dale Bailey for suggesting that we add this hotspot at Rocky Fork State Park.

Licking County

Swamp Road
The agricultural fields adjacent to Swamp Road, which lies between US-40 and I-70, can host ducks and geese during wet weather. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Brad Imhoff for suggesting this hotspot and adding tips for viewing birds here.

Portage County

Kent State University Campus
Thanks to Dominic Cristiano for suggesting this hotspot.

Stark County

Boliver Dam (Stark County)
Thanks to Jon Cefus for adding this hotspot and writing tips for birding here. The Bolivar Dam area is in two counties, Stark and Tuscarawas. Please see the Bolivar Dam page for the location of the county line and the two hotspots.

Updates

Lucas County

Thanks to Sherry Plessner for letting us know that two metroparks being developed by Toledo Metroparks have recently received official names. These locations have been renamed in eBird.
Manhattan Marsh Preserve Metropark
This location has been known as Manhattan Marsh for some time. Toledo Metroparks is adding “Preserve” to the name.
Glass City Metropark
Formerly known as “Riverside Drive Marina District,” this area is being redeveloped into a new Metropark.

County Page New Features
Added a Google Map to each county page and rearranged the page so that the list of all the hotspots in the county is in the left column. This brings the list closer to the top of the page when you are viewing the website on a smartphone.

Added “stakeout hotspots” in the county to the bottom of the list of all hotspots. Also added a list of all the stakeout hotspots to the page about Reporting Rare Bird Sightings and Stakeouts