Ken Ostermiller

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What’s New–Current

New eBird Hotspots

Montgomery County

Iron Horse Trail (Montgomery County)
Thanks to Jireh Mukawa for suggesting this as an eBird hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding at this location.

Updates

Ottawa County

We have learned that Celotex Marsh on Plasterboard Road is no longer available as a birding location and it has been removed as an eBird hotspot. The owners of the marsh are enforcing a no trespassing policy and have asked birders not to visit the site.

Stark County

Iron Horse Trail (Stark County)
Iron Horse Trail (Stark County)–Cenfield Street

We have added a county designation to these hotspots to distinguish them from the Iron Horse Trail in Montgomery County.

What’s New–August 17, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Echo Dell Bridge
Photo by Patrick Lewis
Columbiana County

Beaver Creek State Park–Echo Dell Bridge
Thanks to Patrick Lewis for suggesting this additional hotspot at Beaver Creek State Park and for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Fayette County

New Holland Park
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County

Camp Chase Trail–Gardner Road
Flint Park

Greene County

Hebble Creek Reserve
Mill Bridge Launch Park
Pearls Fen
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting these hotspots.

Lake County

Lakefront Lodge
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot.

Licking County

T. J. Evans Bike Path
Wildwood Park, Granville
Photo by Rob Thorn

T. J. Evans Bike Path–Alexandria to Granville
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Granville
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Harndens Mill Preserve to Cherry Valley Road
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Johnstown to Alexandria
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Newark

Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting these hotspots on the T. J. Evans Bike Path, providing tips for birding, and photos.

Muskingum County

National Road and Zane Grey Museum
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Granville Schools Land Lab
Map by Brad Imhoff
Licking County

Granville Schools Land Lab
Thanks to Brad Imhoff for tips for birding this location along with a helpful map.

Lucas County

University of Toledo Campus
Thanks to Nate Koszycki for providing a description and tips for birding on the campus.

Muskingum County

New Concord Village Reservoir
Thanks to William Kerrigan for adding photos and tips for birding this location.

What’s New–August 10, 2019

New stakeout hotspot

Ottawa County

stakeout Limpkin, Magee Marsh (2019)
If you saw the Limpkin as this location, please change the location of your checklist to this stakeout hotspot.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Olentangy Trail–Ackerman Bridge

Lake County

Springbrook Gardens Park
Four birders suggested that this new Mentor City Park be an eBird hotspot.

Lucas County

University of Toledo Campus
Thanks to Nate Koszycki for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County

New Concord Village Reservoir
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot.

Trumbull County

Niles Greenway–Wetlands Area
Thanks to Larry Dutton for suggesting this hotspot.

Washington County

Marietta College
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot.

Warren County

Caesar Creek State Park–Cedar Point Trails
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this additional hotspot at Caesar Creek State Park.

Updates

Fairfield County

Coyote Run Farm
Coyote Run is an 800-acre farm located in Violet Township and Pickerington, Ohio. We want to meet all our visitors on your first visit. There is a new email address for making arrangements to visit. Please contact Tammy Miller, Coyote Run Farm’s Conservation Manager at 614-557-6883 or walkinnature@protonmail.com to make arrangements.

Wayne County

Pine Tree Barn Lake
Thanks to Su Snyder for providing photos of this hotspot.

What’s New–July 13, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Crawford County

Heise Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot on the Olentangy River in Galion.

Wayne County

stakeout Limpkin, Orrville (2019)
Last confirmed report 7/6. Check Recent Sightings to see when last reported.

Wood County

Miltonville Fishing Access
Weirs Rapids
Thanks to Sherry Plessner for suggesting these two hotspots in the Maumee River-Lower Important Bird Area and for providing photos for the website.

New Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Medina County

Wolf Creek Environmental Center Trails

Geauga County Fairgrounds Parking Field
Photo by Dave English

Updates

Geauga County

Geauga County Fairgrounds Parking Field
Thanks to Dave English for providing photos of this hotspot.

Lucas County

Lanker Wildlife Area
Thanks to Sherry Plessner for providing a photo of this wildlife area and information about birding from the roadside.

What’s New–July 6, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Geauga County

Geauga County Fairgrounds Parking Field
Thanks to Dave English for suggesting and providing a description of this hotspot.

Lucas County

Collins Park
Thanks to Paul Jacyk for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a description with tips for view birds.

Stark County

Stadium Park
Thanks to Michael Rossitti for suggesting this hotspot.

Wood County

Beaver Creek Preserve
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Stark County

Republic Landfill Grasslands and Airfield
We have added “Grasslands and Airfield” to this hotspot name to help birders know that there is no entry to the landfill itself. The grasslands and airfield adjacent to the landfill provides a place to view birds in the landfill area. Please do not enter or go past the office building into the active landfill. No permission or entry is allowed past that point. In winter, gulls can be viewed with a scope from the airfield hill.

Irwin Prairie
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

New Feature Complete
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

There are 307 pages of Ohio Birding Day Hikes. With a few exceptions, this list includes locations that have trails that provide 2 or more miles of hiking. Hikes may often be shortened or lengthened.

If there is a park or trail where you like to hike and see birds that we do not yet have in this collection, please suggest that we add it.

What’s New–June 29, 2019

Canfield Fairgrounds
Photo by Rob Macomber

New eBird Hotspots

Mahoning County

Canfield Fairgrounds
Thanks to Rob Macomber for suggesting this location as a hotspot and for providing a description and photos.

Wood County

Rudolph Savanna
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Columbiana County

Scenic Vista Park
This park is managed as a public hunting area by Ohio Department of Natural Resources and it is also a county park. We removed “Public Hunting Area” from the name of the hotspot to avoid confusion and match signs in the area.

Licking County

Pataskala Municipal Park
Thanks to Margaret Bowman for providing tips for birding and information about a handicap accessible trail at this park in Licking County.

Pickaway County

A. W. Marion State Park
This hotspot is being used to report checklists of birds seen anywhere in the State Park including on Hargus Lake. The name was adjusted from “A. W. Marion State Park–Hargus Lake”. Please continue to report birds seen on the lake to this hotspot.

New Ohio Birding Day Hikes

There are 207 pages of Ohio Bird Day Hikes. If there is a park or trail where you like to hike and see birds that we do not yet have in this collection, please suggest that we add it.

Bedford Reservation
Cuyahoga County

A. W. Marion State Park Trails
Alum Creek State Park Trails
Armleder Park Trails
Atwood Lake Park Trails
Bedford Reservation Trails
Big Creek Reservation Trails
Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve Trails
Black River Reservation Trails
Black Swamp Nature Center Trails
Blacklick Woods Metro Park Trails
Blue Rock State Park Trails
Brecksville Reservation Trails
Brown Family Environmental Center Trails
Caesar Creek State Park Trails
Camp Peet Metropark Trails
Carriage Hill MetroPark Trails
Carroll Community Park Trail
Chagrin River Park Trails
Chalet Nivale Preserve Trails
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park Trails
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve Trails
Cool Springs Conservation Park Trails
Cox Arboretum MetroPark Trails
Crooked Run Nature Preserve Trails
Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve Trails
Delaware State Park Trails
Denison University Biological Reserve Trails
Eastwood MetroPark Trails
Edison Woods MetroPark Trails
Emily Traphagen Preserve Trails
Fernald Nature Preserve Trails
Findlay Reservoirs Dike Trails
Findley State Park Trails
Forest Run MetroPark Trails
Furnace Run Metro Park Trails
Germantown MetroPark Trails
Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve Trail
Goodyear Heights Metro Park Trails
Gorge Metro Park Trails
Governor Bebb MetroPark Trails
Grant Park Trails
Great Seal State Park Trails
Green Township Bike and Walk Trail
Hampton Hills Metro Park Trails
Headwaters Park Trails
Highlands Nature Sanctuary Trails
Hills and Dales MetroPark Trails
Hogback Ridge Metropark Trails
Howard Marsh Metropark Trails
Holden Arboretum Trails
Indian Lake State Park Trails
Iron Horse Trail
Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve Trail
John Bryan State Park Trails
Johnson Woods Nature Preserve Trail
Kitty Todd Nature Preserve Trails
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve Trails
Leesville Lake Wildlife Area Trails
Letha House Park Trails
Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve Trails
Mill Stream Run Reservation Trails
Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve Trails
Morgan Swamp Preserve Trails
Norma Johnson Center Trails
North Chagrin Reservation Trails
Paint Creek State Park Trails
Pearson Metropark Trails
Penitentiary Glen Reservation Trails
Possum Creek MetroPark Trails
Punderson State Park Trails
Secor Metropark Trails
Shaker Lakes Trails
Sharon Woods Metro Park Trails
Shawnee Lookout Trails
South Chagrin Reservation Trails
Strouds Run State Park Trails
Sycamore State Park Trails
Taylorsville MetroPark Trails
Three Creeks Metro Park Trails
Twin Creek MetroPark Trails
Valley Run Wildlife Area Trail
Van Buren State Park Trails
Virginia Kendall Lake Trails
West Branch State Park Trails
Whipple State Nature Preserve Trails
Winton Woods Trails
Zaleski State Forest Trails

What’s New–June 22, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County

Alum Creek State Park–Dam at Africa Road
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting and providing a description of this additional hotspot at Alum Creek State Park

Lucas County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Metzger Marsh Partnership Trail
This new trail, open seasonally May through September, is accessed from Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area by walking the outer dike to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The trail continues for 2 miles and ends at the Crane Creek Estuary. This is an out and back trail, hikers must return to Metzger Marsh to exit.

White-eyed Vireo
seen at Decliff Road Trailhead
Photo by Amy Holloway
Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail–Augusta-Meeker Road to Decliff Road
Marion Tallgrass Trail–Decliff Road to LaRue-Marseilles Road
Thanks to Amy Holloway for suggesting that we add hospots either direction from the Decliff Road trailhead on the Marion Tallgrass Trail.

Updates

Delaware County

Alum Creek State Park–Sailing Club Access
Thanks to Rob Thorn for providing an updated description of this hotspot. There are three access points near the Sailing Club to view birds.

Harrison County

In order to make them work better with the new Clendening Lake Trails day hikes, we have made some adjustments to hotspot names located on the Buckeye Trail in this area.
Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail, North of Brushy Fork Bay
Formerly there were two hotspots, Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail North Side East and Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail North Side West. We have combined these and added Brushy Creek Bay to better identify the location.
Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail, South of Brushy Fork Bay
This was formerly Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail South Side. The new name more clearly identifies the location.

Lucas County

Oak Openings–Evergreen Trail (orange)
Oak Openings–Ferns and Lakes Trail (blue)
Oak Openings–Foxfire Trail (yellow)
Oak Openings–Sand Dunes Trail (red)

The names of four hotspots on trails in the Oak Openings Preserve Metropark had used the color of the blaze on the trail rather than the trail name. In creating a page about day hikes using the Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Trails, it seemed more helpful to have the name of the trail as well as the color of the blazes in the hotspot name. These hotspot names have been adjusted accordingly.

New
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Marion Tallgrass Trail – Holland Road Trailhead
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Thanks to everyone who has helped with adding Ohio Birding Day Hikes.

There are only a few counties left with no hikes suggested: Brown, Coshocton, Defiance, Fayette, Gallia, Henry, Putnam, Van Wert, Washington, and Willaims. If you have a hike to suggest in any of these, please let me know.

I will gladly add hikes in any county. Let me know if you have one to recommend.

New Ohio Birding Day Hikes added this week:
Barkcamp State Park Trails
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Trails
Blendon Woods Trails
Burr Oak State Park Trails
Byers Woods Trails
Carlisle Reservation Trails
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Cowan Lake Trails
Deer Creek State Park Trails
Dillon State Park Trails
East Harbor State Park Trails
Edge of Appalachia Wilderness Trail
Englewood MetroPark Trails
Firestone Metro Park Trails
Forked Run State Park Trails
Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve Trails
Geneva State Park Trails
Goll Woods Trails
Gorman Nature Center Trails
Grand Lake Saint Marys Trails
Harrison Lake State Park Trails
Highbanks Metro Park Trails
Hinckley Reservation Trails
Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center Trails
Jefferson Lake Trails
Kendrick Woods Trails
Kiser Lake State Park Trails
Lake Hope State Park Trails
Lake Loramie Trails
Lake Milton State Park Trails
Lake Vesuvius Trails
Lynx Prairie Trails
Malabar Farm Trails
Marion Tallgrass Trailheads
Maumee Bay State Park Trails
Miami Whitewater Forest Trails
Mosquito Lake State Park Trails
Mount Gilead State Park Trails
Nelson Kennedy Ledges Trails
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Trails
Oakhill Park Trails
Oakwoods Nature Preserve Trails
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails
Pickerington Ponds Trails
Prairie Oaks Metro Park Trails
River Styx Park Trails
Salt Fork State Park Trails
Scioto Trail State Park Trails
Sears Woods Trails
Shawnee Prairie Trails
Shawnee State Park and Forest Trails
Sippo Lake Trails
Springville Marsh Trail
Stonelick State Park Trails
The Ridges Trails
Tinkers Creek State Park Trails
Wellington Reservation Trails
Wolf Run State Park Trails

What’s New–June 15, 2019

Irwin Prairie

New
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Augusta-Anne Olsen Trails
Barnes Preserve Trails
Blackhand Gorge Trails
Buck Creek State Park Trails
Burnet Woods Trails
Caesar Creek Gorge Trail
Clendening Lake Trails
East Fork Lake Trails
Frohring Meadows Trails
Gilmore Ponds Trails
Glacier Ridge Metro Park Trails
Glen Helen Preserve Inman Trail
Holmes County Trail Sections
Hubbard Valley Trails
Hueston Woods Trails
Ira Road Beaver Marsh Towpath Trail
Irwin Prairie Trail
Killdeer Plains Trails
Lake Erie Bluffs Trails
Lake Medina Trails
Lawrence Woods Trails
Meadowbrook Marsh Trails
Munroe Falls Tallmadge Meadow Trail
Pickerel Creek Dikes
Pike Lake Trails
Rocky River Nature Center Trails
Sandy Ridge Trails
Sheldon Marsh Trails
Station Road Trails
Stillwater Prairie Trails
Tar Hollow State Forest Trails
The Wilderness Center Trails
Wintergarden Woods Trails
Wooster Memorial Park Spangler Trail

Ohio Birding Day Hikes, a new feature of the website, is under development.

I need your help. I would like to add at least one Birding Day Hike for each county in Ohio. I would like to add hikes suggested by Ohio birders. Please use the contact form to let me know if you have a good hike in your county that we should add.

Mohican State Park Covered Bridge

New eBird Hotspots

Portage County

Shaw Woods Park
Thanks to Jessica Winchell for suggesting this hotspot in Portage County.

Ross County

Tar Hollow State Forest–Logan Trail
This new hotspot is located where the Buckeye Trail intersects the Logan Trail in Tar Hollow State Forest.

Updates

Ashland County

Mohican State Park–Covered Bridge
Mohican State Park–Pleasant Hill Trail
Added photos to these two hotspot pages.

Medina County

Hinckley Reservation–Redwing Cabin Picnic Area
Thanks to Alex Garrote for providing photos and tips for birding this new hotspot.

Photo by Alex Garrote

Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park–Sycamore and Pine Loop Trails
This hotspot was set up for the Sycamore Trail and we have added the Pine Loop Trail to it. The Pine Loop Trail is adjacent and together they make a 2-mile hike in this section of the park.

Warren County

Caesar Creek Gorge
This hotspot was previously named “Caesar Creek SP–Gorge Trail Loop.” The trail is actually within the Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Area and may be access from the state park on the east or from the state nature area parking on the west. This hotspot may be used for checklists when hiking the Caesar Creek Gorge Trail.

What’s New–June 8, 2019

New Feature

Clear Fork Mohican River
Mohican State Park
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Ash Cave Trails
Beaver Creek State Park Trails
Brandywine Gorge Trail
Buzzardroost Rock Trail
Caldwell Nature Preserve Trails
Chippewa Inlet Trail North Loop
Christmas Rocks Trails
Cincinnati Nature Center Redwing Loop
Clear Creek Metro Park Trails
Fort Hill Trails
Lamping Homestead Trail
Mill Creek Park Trails
Mohican State Park Trails
Monroe Overlook Trail Loop
Quail Hollow State Park Trails

Ohio Birding Day Hikes, a new feature of the website, is under development.

I need your help. I would like to add at least one Birding Day Hike for each county in Ohio. I would like to add hikes suggested by Ohio birders. Please use the contact form to let me know if you have a good hike in your county that we should add.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County

Beaver Creek State Park–Vondergreen Trail
This state park is in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Geauga County

Veterans Legacy Woods
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot at a newly opened Geauga County Park which was formerly the Wicked Woods Golf Course.

Greene County

Garland Reserve
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this new hotspot.

Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park–East Gorge Trail
This new hotspot in the Mill Creek Park was added with the new Birding Day Hikes feature to accommodate checklists submitted on the Mill Creek Gorge Trail Loop hike.

Medina County

Hinckley Reservation–Redwing Cabin Picnic Area
Thanks to Alex Garrote for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Hinckley Reservation and the Rocky River-East Branch Important Bird Area.

Updates

Clark County

Tecumseh Trail
We have moved the marker for the hotspot to the entrance of the Tecumseh Trail in Smith Park to make the coordinates easier to use with finding the location using a GPS or smartphone.

Franklin County

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus
Updated page with a “birding map” from the Green Lawn Cemetery webpage.

Johnson Woods Nature Preserve
Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Wayne County

Added photos to these pages.
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Angling Road
Johnson Woods Nature Preserve
Wecht Road

New Maps

Added maps showing all the hotspots in these state parks or wildlife areas.

Butler County
Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park

Clark County

Buck Creek State Park

Clermont County

East Fork State Park

Cuyahoga County

Bedford Reservation

Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area

Lucas County

Maumee Bay State Park
Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area

Marion County

Big Island Wildlife Area

Ottawa County

East Harbor State Park

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

Wayne County
Holmes County

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

Focus on Funk Bottoms

Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Funk Bottoms in Wayne County has been designated by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area (IBA). This IBA consists of 2,000 acres of floodplain bottoms: intermittent wetlands and mostly scrub/shrub fields, with some permanent restored wetlands. The Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area is the main source of habitat. The adjacent areas are largely agricultural and include a peat farm. The area has an observation tower. The region undergoes extensive bottomland flooding in March and April.

There are three eBird hotspots in the Wildlife Area. All these locations are in Wayne County.

Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Angling Rd.
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Funk Rd.

There are additional eBird Hotspots in the vicinity of Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area in Wayne and Ashland counties.

Wayne County
Blachleyville
Clay Plant Rd.
Fairview Cemetery, Shreve
Schwartzwalder Rd.
Wilderness Rd.

Ashland County
Co. Rd. 1950
Cool Springs Conservation Park
Hopkins Landing
Mohicanville Dam
Mohicanville Dam–Township Rd. 2250

All of these locations are worth visiting. One way to visit a few of them is to follow the Funk Bottoms Birding Drive. Thanks to the Ohio Ornithological Society and Su Snyder for describing this route.

Observation Tower and OH-95
The observation tower is located from an access road on OH-95. Birds can often be observed at the edge of the marsh along OH-95. This is a very busy state highway and it is not safe to stop on the roadway. There are three pull-off areas on the south side of OH-95 which can accommodate 1 or 2 vehicles. The is also one pull-off area on the north side of the highway.

From the State Highway Patrol regarding bird watching along OH-95: “Please park on pull-offs or completely off the paved road in level gravel areas on south side of the road, roadside parking on the north side is prohibited.”

Wilderness Road
While not within the wildlife area itself, Wilderness Road is adjacent to Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area. The fields and ponds on Wilderness Road west of the intersection with Elyria Road are worth checking in all seasons.

At the east end of Wilderness Road near a bridge, there are several peat pits on the north side of the road which often are drawn down in the fall to mine peat. The drawdown of water can create extensive mud flats which attract many shorebirds. Depending on water levels, the fields on the south side of the Wilderness Road near the bridge can also hold waterfowl and shorebirds.

The peat pits on Wilderness Road are privately owned by an Amish man who loves birds and birders and therefore has welcomed birders to bird from the two dirt lanes on the east and west sides of the pits. These lanes are maintained by the company mining the peat. This company has also welcomed and been extremely gracious to birders. The only requests of the landowner and mining company are that birders stay on the dirt paths, not block the roadways, and give preference and a wide berth to any workers in the area.

Further west on Wilderness Road, across from and just west of a farmhouse, the fields often flood and then dry up, producing habitat for migrating shorebirds. A scope is helpful in viewing birds all along Wilderness Road.