How Birding In Ohio Website is Organized

This website provides information about over 3000 eBird “hotspots” in Ohio. These hotspots are locations to which birders may submit checklists of birds seen.

The hotspots are organized by county.
When you know the county in which a hotspot is located, you can click on a county name, either in the list of counties or on the clickable map, to see all the hotspots in that county.

On each county page, there is a list of all the hotspots in the county, the “top” (up to 10) hotspots which have over 100 bird species reported, and links to birding drives and the Audubon Important Bird Areas in the county.

Finding a hotspot when you do not know the county.
When you don’t know the county where a hotspot is located, you have three ways to find it.

+ Look on the home page for the list of the 35 hotspots in Ohio with the most birds reported. Scroll down on the page to that list to see if the hotspot you want is on the list.

+ Search for a hotspot by using the search icon in the upper right corner of the home page. The icon opens a search box where you can type all or part of a hotspot name and touch enter. You will see a list of all the pages on the website that have information about the hotspot in which you are interested.

+ Click on “Alphabetical List of Hotspots” in the main menu to go to the list of all the hotspot pages in alphabetical order. Use the A-Z index links or your web browser search function to search through the alphabetical list.

Getting information from eBird.
On the home page, use the links that take you to the eBird website.

The links in the Bar Chart table open lists of all the birds reported in Ohio for the whole year or season of your interest.

The link to recent sightings takes you down on the home page to the BirdFinder gadget that shows bird sightings reported in Ohio in the last week.

The links exploring Ohio in eBird opens an overview of birds recently reported in the state, a list of all the counties, the top hotspots, and a summary of recent checklists submitted.

Top 100 birders
If you are interested in the top 100 birders in Ohio, select the link for all time or the current year to see the top birders in the state.

Your Ohio life, year, and month lists
There are links from which you can retrieve your Ohio life list, current year list, and current month list. You must be logged in to your eBird account for this to work.

About Restricted Access

As a general rule, eBird hotspots are located at places with public access and birders are welcome to enter the location to view birds. There are, however, some exceptions.

There are a few locations, some of which have ongoing research projects, where access is restricted to those who have permission to enter the site. These hotspots have (restricted access) added at the end of the hotspot name.

There are roads in Ohio that traverse privately owned lands which are agricultural fields, grasslands, wetlands, or forests. We have added (view birds from the roadside only) to the hotspot name of some, but not all, of these locations. When viewing birds from a public roadside, do not enter any privately owned land without first seeking permission. In addition, some public lands are designated as wildlife refuges and access is restricted.

In Ohio, there are no entry fees at many city, township, county, state, and national locations. There are some exceptions where there is a fee to enter a park. We have not added this information in the name of the hotspot. When we know this to be the case, entry fees are listed in the description of the location in this website.

Many birders annually purchase an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and a federal Duck Stamp, both of which provide significant funding for the development and preservation of lands where we go to see birds.

About eBird Species Maps

If you are looking for information about where a particular bird has been seen in Ohio, the eBird species map is a great source of information.

There are three pieces of information to enter on the bar across the top of the map. On the left, enter the species for which you are seeking locations. On the right, enter the location. You can choose the whole state, a county, or even a specific address. The map will zoom to your selection. In the middle, you can adjust the date range. Select “Current Year” to narrow the data to more recent sightings. If you are at the beginning of the year you might want to select a range of last year and this year.

In the right column, select “Show points sooner” to display markers when zoomed out on the map.

Now, click on a marker to see checklists which have been submitted at a location. Red markers have checklists within the last 30 days, blue markers have older checklists. Larger markers are hotspots, smaller markers are personal locations.

Adjust the map to your own preferences.

About your eBird Life Lists

There are links throughout this website which make it easy for your to access information from your eBird account about birds you have reported. Of course, you need to be logged in to your eBird account in the browser you are using.

Want to see your life list of birds for Ohio, or a county, or a hotspot?
There are links on each page to take you directly to your data on the eBird website.


Your Ohio Lists

Your County Lists

Your Life List at any eBird hotspot

About Notable Bird Sightings

What happened to the BirdTrax display of rare bird sightings?
If you were a fan of the BirdTrax display of notable bird sightings, you may be wondering what happened to it. eBird updated the application program interface (API) which meant the code for BirdTrax no longer works. The developer of BirdTrax did not have the time to continue development and support of the gadget. Instead, check these links.

the BirdFinder
BirdFinder is a gadget written by Ed Norton, a Massachusetts birder. BirdFinder, displayed at the bottom of the website home page, provides information about the county where the bird was seen, which birder submitted the checklist, whether or not the sighting has been confirmed, and links to the checklist, Google map, and eBird species map.

Ohio Notable Bird Sightings
Thanks to Ken Andrews, an Ohio birder, who wrote the code for this display which you can view from the link on the home page of the Birding in Ohio website. There are two additional tabs on this display you may want to explore: Recent Sightings by County and Recent Checklists by County.