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What’s New–Current

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.

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
I have 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.

What’s New–February 16, 2019

Westlake Wetland
Photo by Bill Ohlsen

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County
Westlake Wetland
Thanks to Bill Ohlsen for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding at the location. The Westlake Wetland, 16 acres, is the result of a restoration project to preserve and protect the riparian corridor of the Dover Ditch (a tributary of Cahoon Creek). The wetland is located on Cahoon Creek and adjacent to Evergreen Westlake Cemetery.

Summit County
Brust Park
Thanks to Cindy Antenucci for suggesting this hotspot in the Cuyahoga River-Lower Important Bird Area. Brust Park is also on the Summit Bike and Hike Trail and is a parking area for the trail.

Elm Road Public Hunting Area

Trumbull County
Elm Road Public Hunting Area
Mahoning River Pull Off, First Street @ Ticknor Avenue
Thomas A. Swift MetroPark
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting three hotspots in Trumbull County. The Elm Public Hunting Area is in the Mosquito Creek Corridor Important Bird Area. The other two hotspots are located on the Mahoning River.

Wayne County
Barn Restaurant Pond
Thanks to Kaden Katanic for suggesting this hotspot at the Barn Restaurant just outside Smithville.

Updates

Hamilton County
Wyoming Hike-Bike Trail
Thanks to Brandt Schurenberg who added a photo and tips for birding this location.

Mill Creek Park Suspension Bridge
Photo by Bettyann Nagy

Mahoning County
Mill Creek Park–Newport Wetlands
Mill Creek Park–Suspension Bridge
Thanks to Bettyann Nagy for adding photos to two hotspots in Mill Creek Park in Mahoning County. She also has given us tips for birding at the Suspension Bridge.

How to Help

I discovered this week that the contact form you can use to send suggestions about this website was not properly set up. If you tried to send a message about the website via the contact form and did not get a reply, please resend your message. I usually respond to messages promptly.
Ken Ostermiller

What’s New–February 9, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Weiss Field Woods – Bald Eagle
Photo by James Kerner
Hamilton County
Arlington Memorial Gardens
Thanks to Megan Mahon for suggesting this new eBird hotspot.
Wyoming Hike-Bike Trail
Thanks to Brandt Schurenberg for suggesting this hotspot which is a section of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail.

Lorain County
Weiss Field Woods
Thanks to James Kerner for suggesting this new eBird hotspot in Avon Lake.

Mahoning County
Mill Creek Park–Suspension Bridge
Thanks to Bettyann Nagy for suggesting this new eBird hotspot in the Mill Creek Park.

Richland County
Shelby Black Fork Wetlands
Thanks to Jason Larson for suggesting this hotspot. The Shelby Black Fork Wetlands are adjacent to Shelby Reservoir No. 3.

Updates

Wayne Lakes Village – Mohawk Lake
Photo by Cynthia Ploch
Darke County
Wayne Lakes Village
Thanks to Cynthia Ploch for adding photos of the village to the webpage.

Richland County
Gorman Nature Center–Bird Feeders
Gorman Nature Center–Property And Trails
Jason Larson, the Executive Director of the Richland Parks District and the Gorman Nature Center, has worked to split the hotspot at the Gorman Nature Center into two locations, one for the feeders at the nature center visitor center and another for birds seen on the property and trails.

What’s New–February 1, 2019

Chagrin River Corridor IBA

New Hotspots

Thanks to Matthew Valencic who suggested, on behalf of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, two new hotspots in the Chagrin River Corridor Important Bird Area.
Lake County
Hach-Otis Sanctuary–John and Carol Lillich Meadows
Portage County
Paddock River Preserve

Thanks to Jason Larson for suggesting a new hotspot in Holmes County. This is a good place to watch and listen for Wilson’s Snipe. The roads in this area traverse privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.
Holmes County
Bunker Hill

New Ohio Birding Drive

Thanks to Patty McKelvey for designing and submitting this new circle birding drive in southwest Lorain County.
Southwest Lorain County Circle Birding Drive

What’s New–January 25, 2019

New Focus on . . .

Focus on Winter Birding at Killdeer Plains

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County


Thanks to Fred Losi for suggesting these additional hotspots in the Bedford Reservation. These should help birders find good birding locations in the park.

Circle Emerald Field, Button Road
Photo by Liz McQuaid

Bedford Reservation–Astorhurst Park

Bedford Reservation–Circle Emerald Field, Button Road
Thanks to Liz McQuaid for submitting photos for this page.

Bedford Reservation–Egbert Picnic Area

Bedford Reservation–Forbes Road Picnic Area

Bedford Reservation–Little Overlook

Bedford Reservation–Tinkers Creek Gorge Overlook

Bedford Reservation–Willis Picnic Area

Richland County

Clear Fork Reservoir
Wolf School Road Access

Thanks to Jason Larson for suggesting these new hotspots on the Clear Fork Reservoir.

Clear Fork Reservoir–Gass Road Dam And Spillway (view from roadside only)

Clear Fork Reservoir–Lexington-Ontario Parking Lot

Clear Fork Reservoir–OH-97 Pull Off #1

Clear Fork Reservoir–Wolf School Road Access

Updates and Changes

Cuyahoga County


Tinkers Creek
Photo by Liz McQuaid

Bedford Reservation–Bike And Hike Trail, Sagamore Creek
Changed from “Bedford Reservation–Bike And Hike Trail, Alexander Rd. South Lot”. The trail follows Sagamore Creek south.

Bedford Reservation–Bridal Veil Falls
Changed from “Bedford Reservation–Bridal Veil Falls Trail”. The hotspot may be used for any of the trails in the Bridal Veil Falls area.

Bedford Reservation–Hemlock Creek Picnic Area
Changed from “Bedford Reservation–Tinkers Creek.” This hotspot has been used for may years as the starting place for bird walks along Tinkers Creek. This better identifies the section of Tinkers Creek for these checklists.
Thanks to Liz McQuaid for submitting photos for this page.

Bedford Reservation–Viaduct Park
Viaduct Park is managed as part of the Bedford Reservation and the name of the hotspot has been adjusted to “Bedford Reservation–Viaduct Park”

What’s New–January 18, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Darke County
Wayne Lakes Village (view from roadside only)
Thanks to Cindy Ploch for suggesting this hotspot. She and Ellen Brown, Mayor of Wayne Lakes, provided the description of birding at this location.

Stark County
Republic Landfill
Thanks to Nate Mast for suggesting this hotspot and provided tips for viewing birds there.

Washington County
Devola Lock and Dam #2
Lowell Lock and Dam #3
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting these two hotspots on the Muskingum River.

Tips for using this website

Focus on Reporting Rare Bird Sightings in Ohio
Chasing a rare bird seen in Ohio? Here’s info on reporting your sighting to eBird.

Updates and Changes

Stark County
Malone University
Thanks to Anna Killian for providing a description of the campus.

What’s New–January 11, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Iron Horse Trail
Photo by Chris Lamb

Greene County
US-35 @ OH-72 Pond (view from roadside only)
Glen Helen Preserve–Sutton Farm (restricted access)

Montgomery County
Creekside Trail–Spinning Road

Stark County
Malone University
Nickel Plate Trail–Crowl Street

Updates and Changes

Stark County
Iron Horse Trail–Centerfield Street
Thanks to Chris Lamb for adding several photos to the page describing this hotspot.

What’s New–January 4, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County
Chestnut Grove Cemetery
Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery

Delaware County
Sandel Legacy Trail

Mahoning County
Poland Trail from South Main Street to Middle School

Mercer County
Coldwater Wastewater Treatment Plant
Hechts Landing

Montgomery County
Cox Arboretum MetroPark–Red Trail

Pike County
Pike County YMCA Soccer Fields and Walking Path

Stark County
University of Mount Union

Warren County
Caesar Creek State Park (Warren County)
We have added a county level hotspot at Caesar Creek State Park for Warren County. Use this hotspot to report checklists from several locations in the park in this county. Whenever possible, please use more specific hotspots.
Caesar Creek State Park–Marina

Wayne County
Grosjean Park

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Focus on Top Hotspots
Check the latest “Focus On . . .” blog for ways to find the top hotspots throughout Ohio.

Changes and Updates

Thanks to Bryan Sharp for adding tips for birding to two hotspots.
Franklin County
Keller Farms Park
Scioto Grove Metro Park–Multipurpose Trail

Evans Lake is a private lake in Mahoning County. Because of development around this private lake, there is no longer good public access. Property development on Springfield Road prevents views of the lake from that road. East Middletown Road which crosses the south bay has become busier and it is not safe to stop at this location to view birds.
Mahoning County
Evans Lake (restricted access)
I have merged the two hotspots which we had in eBird for this lake, moved the resulting single hotspot out into the lake, and renamed the hotspot Evans Lake (restricted access).

What’s New–December 29, 2018

Westgate Park
Photo by Bryan Sharp

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County
Sherman Avenue Park, Buck Creek Trail

Franklin County
Big Run Park–Derby Hill
Keller Farms Park
Scioto Grove Metro Park–Multipurpose Trail
Westgate Park

Holmes County
Odell Lake

Lawrence County
Woodland Cemetery, Coal Grove

Updates and Changes

Franklin County
Anheuser-Busch Sports Park
Thanks to Bryan Sharp who added several photos of this recently activated eBird hotspot.

What’s New–December 22, 2018

New eBird Hotspots

Blue Heron Park Complex
Medina County
Blue Heron Park Complex
The Blue Heron Park Complex is in Montville Township near Medina. Three parks have been established from the former Blue Heron Golf Course, and we have added a page to the website describing all three parks in the complex. There is no overall hotspot for the complex; each park has its own hotpot. The Thomas Currier Nature Preserve is the third park in the complex, is under development, and has been added this week as a hotspot.
Aaron Smith Nature Preserve
Austin Badger Park
Thomas Currier Nature Preserve

Franklin County
Overbrook Ravine Park

Warren County
Miller Ecological Park

Tips for using this website

“Focus on” blog
Focus on Important Bird Areas
The Ohio Important Bird Areas are examples of the way polygons may be defined in eBird to display data about bird distribution.

Updates and Changes

Cuyahoga County
Big Creek Reservation–Lake Isaac
The Cleveland Metroparks is no longer designating this lake as a “waterfowl sanctuary.” The name was shortened to reflect this change.

Knox County
Krause Road, Centerburg
The name of this hotspot has been changed to “Krause Rd., Centerburg” to distinguish it from the hotspot at Stange and Krause Roads in Ottawa County (Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Stange Road and Krause Road and Observation Tower).