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What’s New–Current

There are 3509 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Shannon Square Ponds
Thanks to James Mueller for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips about parking to view birds on the ponds.

Photo by George Novosel

Summit County

Bath Nature Preserve
Bath Nature Preserve–Bath Pond
Bath Nature Preserve–Beefys Trail
Bath Nature Preserve–Bridle Trail Loop
Bath Nature Preserve–Creekside Trail
Bath Nature Preserve–South Woods Trail

Thanks to Mike Edgington for suggesting 5 new hotspots within the Bath Nature Preserve. In the process we moved the primary marker for the nature preserve hotspot to the middle of the preserve. The University of Akron Field Station will be conducting research using these additional hotspots.

Birders who have checklists at the general hotspot can leave them as they are. It is acceptable, if you can identify single checklists which are limited to one of the new hotspots, to move the checklist to the appropriate location. Checklists that include birds seen from several locations within the nature preserve should remain in the general hotspot.

Updates

Medina County

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
At Chippewa Lake, the Medina Park District has changed the name of “Krabill Shelter” to “Krabill Lodge.” The name of the eBird hotspot and associated pages in this website have been adjusted to match.

Tip for using this website


Looking for birding sites with handicap accessible facilities? There are many pages about hotspots where handicap accessible facilities are identified. This information is in the right column just above the Google map of the location as circled in the example to the right.

The Accessible Facilities Index, organized by county, is a list of all of the eBird hotspots with accessible facilities identified.

You can help by providing missing information about birding sites with handicap accessible facilities. . Please use the Contact Form to send information and I will add it to the site.

What’s New–November 30, 2019

There are 3503 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tip for using this website

What are the locations in Ohio with the most bird species reported? Check the list of 35 top bird locations in Ohio on the home page of this website:
Top Birding Locations in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Holmes County

Killbuck Township Road 92
Thanks to Elias Raber for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding. The hotspot is adjacent to and crosses the Holmes County Trail.

Trumbull County

Mosquito Lake State Park–Beach
Thanks to Bob Patetta for suggesting this additional hotspot as Mosquito Lake State Park.

Updates

Coshocton County

Shelly Gravel Pits
Thanks to Elias Raber for adding tips for birding this location.

Pickaway County

Deer Creek Wildlife Area–Dick Road Wetland
Thanks to Randall Searles for providing additional information and tips for birding this wetland in Pickaway County. The parking for this wetland is on Dick Road and the name of the wetland is changed to reflect this. Previously hotspot was named “Deer Creek SP–Egypt Pike Wetland.” The wetlands south of Dick Road are all within the Wildlife Area, not in the State Park, and the name was adjusted accordingly.

If you visit this area, there are two additional eBird hotspots in the wetlands south of Dick Road:
Deer Creek Wildlife Area–Middle Wetland
Deer Creek Wildlife Area–East Street Wetland

Robert Royce has an excellent blog page with lots of helpful information about birding Deer Creek Wildlife Area and Deer Creek State Park. He describes the three wetland areas and excerpts are included on the appropriate pages above.

Delaware County and Franklin County

Hoover Reservoir–Area D
Thanks to Carl Winstead for suggesting that we adjust the name of this hotspot in Delaware County to match the area designation used at the sign on this fishing access. This was previously named Hoover Reservoir–Fishing Access North of Co. Line Rd. The name was ambiguous because there are several fishing access points north of the this road and the name of the road changes to Smothers Road as It crosses the reservoir.

Also added updated maps and links to all the Hoover Reservoir hotspot pages in Delaware and Franklin counties. The maps now show the labels for the lettered areas around the reservoir.

Updated several of the Alum Creek State Park hotspot pages in Delaware County with tips for birding from the Ohio Ornithological Society.

Updates on two “Focus on . . .” posts

Focus on Birding near a County Line
Focus on Birding near a State Line

eBird has recently moved to a new set of help documents and links to older help topics are no longer available. I have inserted the text about birding near a county or state line into these posts.

What’s New–November 23, 2019

There are 3501 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tip for using this website

Do you want to suggest one of your personal locations to become an eBird hotspot? Check this page for directions of how to do this:
How to Suggest Personal Location as a Hotspot

New eBird Hotspots

Coshocton County

Shelly Gravel Pits
Thanks to Elias Raber for suggesting these gravel pits as a hotspot.
(This hotspot brings the total number of eBird hotspots in Ohio to 3500!)

Delaware County

Alum Creek State Park–County Road 10A Fishing Access
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this additional hotspot at Alum Creek State Park and for providing tips for birding there.

Fayette County

Washington Court House Reservoir
Thanks to Jeff Roth for suggesting this new hotspot. The Reservoir Path Parking area is a trailhead for the Paint Creek Recreational Trail.

Summit County

Plaza at Chapel Hill Shopping Center
Thanks to Donna Kuhn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding there. Susan Carpenter, who first discovered Fish Crows at this location has also offered tips. Birders who have submitted a checklist of birds seen at this shopping center may want to change the location to this new hotspot.

Updates

Wood Ducks at
East Fork SP South Trailhead Pond
Photo by Linda Gocon
Clermont County

East Fork State Park–South Trailhead Ponds
Thanks to Linda Gocon for providing photos and tips for birding.

Greene County

Mount Saint John Nature Preserve and Campus
Updated with new website link, more detailed description of the property, and a link to a map of the nature preserve.

Stark County

Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center
Thanks to Adam Zorn, Program Manager at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, for providing tips for birding, a description of the hiking trails, and an updated map of the nature center.
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center Trails
This is the page with the updated information about trails at the nature center.

What’s New–November 16, 2019

There are 3497 shared bird reporting hotspots in Ohio

Tips for using this website

Having trouble finding a hotspot in this website? Check the Alphabetical Index:
Alphabetical Index

New eBird Hotspots

Clermont County

East Fork State Park–South Trailhead Ponds
Thanks to Linda Gocon for suggesting this additional hotspot at East Fork State Park.

Greene County

Hidden Hills Wetland
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Stark County

Tam O’Shanter Park
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Top 35 Ohio Birding Locations
Updated 11/11/2019

Photo by Tom Fishburn

Hocking Hills State Park–Rock House
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos with descriptions.

What’s New–November 9, 2019

There are 3494 shared bird reporting hotspots in Ohio

Tip for using this website
Ohio Birding Drives
provide driving directions to the top birding locations in each Ohio county.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Old Reid Park–Kirby Preserve
The Kirby Preserve is a newly opened addition to Old Reid Park in Springfield.

Darke County

Fort Jefferson Memorial Park
Fort Jefferson State Memorial is adjacent to Wayne Lakes Village which is also an eBird hotspot.

Franklin County

East Granville Park
Thanks to Amy Collini for suggesting this park as an eBird hotspot and for providing tips for birding there.

What’s New–November 2, 2019

There are 3491 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Brush Creek State Forest

Your eBird hotspot reviewer has added 8 new hotspots in the Brush Creek State Forest and I ask for help from birders in evaluating these new hotspots. The Brush Creek State Forest in Adams and Scioto counties is large and does not have much data in eBird. I hope that adding hotspots on roads and trails in the state forest will encourage birders to visit and submit checklists. If you visit this area, please help by using the new hotspots. Let me know if any of them do not seem appropriate or need to be adjusted.

Adams County

Brush Creek State Forest–Douglas Road Trail
Brush Creek State Forest–Hackelshin Road Trail

Scioto County

Brush Creek State Forest–Big Run Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Crabtree Cemetery Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Cramer Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Dry Fork Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Dry Run Creek Road
Brush Creek State Forest–Stone Quarry Ridge Trail

About this Website

Tip — 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.


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

WhereDaBirds
WhereDaBirds is a similar display written by Ed Norton, a Massachusetts birder. I am unable to display WhereDaBirds within the website, so the link opens in a new tab or window. Some birders may prefer this display because it provides links to individual checklists which birders have submitted.

Cliff Swallows at Providence Metropark
Photo by Tom Fishburn

Updates

Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for the hotspots listed below.

Defiance County

Independence Dam State Park

Hocking County

Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve
Hocking Hills State Park–Old Mans Cave

Huron County

Norwalk Memorial Reservoir

Kitty Todd Nature Preserve
Photo by Tom Fishburn

Lucas County

Kitty Todd Nature Preserve
Oak Openings–Evergreen Lake
Providence Metropark
Salamander Flats

Mahoning County

Fellows Riverside Gardens
Mill Creek Park–Lily Pond
Mill Creek Park–Newport Wetlands

Medina County

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
Letha House Park–Lake and Wood Thrush Trails

Richland County

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Horseshoe Pond and Tree Farm
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park

Wayne County

Wecht Road

Other Updates

Medina County

Westfield Center Village Park
Added photos.

What’s New–October 26, 2019

There are 3483 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Gunlock Park
Photo by Michael Schramm

New tip About this Website

About Getting Directions to a Hotspot
This tip shows how to get driving directions from Google maps to any hotspot. Works with both desktop computers and smartphones.

New eBird Hotspots

Washington County

Gunlock Park
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio River and for providing a photo and tips for birding.

Updates

Lorain Impoundment map
Lorain County

Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Added a map of the trail around the impoundment.

Medina County

Killbuck Lakes Park–West
Added a map of the 2 trails at this park.

Ottawa County

Magee Marsh–Entrance Road
The stakeout hotspot for the Limpkin has been promoted to a regular hotspot at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. This hotspot stretches along the entrance road from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory to the Magee Marsh Bird Center. Please use caution when driving this section of the road, as birders often walk along the road here or stop to observe birds from their vehicle. Please do not park along the entrance road. If you wish to walk the road, it is safest to park in the Black Swamp Bird Observatory parking lot and walk from there. A Limpkin was observed in 2019 at a pond along this section of the entrance road.

Photo by Tom Fishburn

Portage County

Herrick Fen
Kent Bog State Nature Preserve
Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos of these nature preserves.

What’s New–October 19, 2019

There are 3482 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tip — Looking for a place to hike and bird watch? Check out:
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Vultures Knob
Photo by Nancy O’Bryan

New eBird Hotspots

Auglaize County

US-33 Auglaize Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Auglaize Rest Area Westbound

Thanks to Sue Riffe for suggesting we add these rest areas as eBird hotspots.

Butler County

Oxford Airport
Thanks to Jay Shepphard for suggesting this hotspot and to Allan Claybon for providing information about birding there.

Wayne County

Vultures Knob Mountain Bike Trail
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding the location.

Updates

East Fork State Park
Prairie Trail
Photo by Ric Payne
Clermont County

East Fork State Park–Prairie Trail
Thanks to Ric Payne for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Lorain County

OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Eastbound
OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Westbound

Added “Lorain” and changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the names of these hotspots.

Medina County

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
Added a map showing the trail to and along Chippewa Lake.

Ottawa County

OH-2 La Carpe Creek Rest Area
Added “OH-2” and changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the name of this hotspot.

Pike County

OH-32 Pike Rest Area
Added “Pike” to the name of this rest area on OH-32 to distinguish it from other rest areas on OH-32.

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
Map by Ken Ostermiller

Portage County

I-76 Portage Rest Area Eastbound
I-76 Portage Rest Area Westbound

Changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the names of these hotspots.

Union County

US-33 Union Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Union Rest Area Westbound

Added “Union” to the names of these rest areas to distinguish them from other rest areas on US-33.

What’s New–October 12, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Muskingum University Friendship Trail
Map by William Kerrigan
Clermont County

East Fork State Park–Prairie Trail
Thanks to Ric Payne for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County

Topiary Garden Park

Holmes County

stakeout Western Kingbird, Millersburg (2019)
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for suggesting that we set up a stakeout hotspot at this location. If you have submitted a checklist please change your location to the stakeout hotspot.

Mahoning County

Sebring Woods
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding at this location.

Muskingum County

McGraw Edison Recreation Area
Muskingum University Friendship Trail
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting these hotspots and for supplying photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Indianfield Bluffs Park
Photo by Rob Thorn
Knox County

Indianfield Bluffs Park
Thanks to Rob Thorn for providing photos and tips for birding this hotspot on the Kokosing River.

Mahoning County

Sebring Woods
Thanks to Chris Lamb for providing photos and tips for birding this hotspot.

Ottawa County

stakeout Limpkin, Magee Marsh–Entrance Road (2019)
Added “Entrance Road” to the name of this stakeout hotspot. When the Limpkin is no longer being reported at this location, this hotspot will become a regular hotspot at Magee Marsh. The name of the hotspot will be Magee Marsh–Entrance Road.

Summit County

Fort Island
Thanks to Michelle Pesho for providing photos and tips for birding this hotspot.

Fort Island
Photo by Michelle Pesho

What’s New–September 28, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation–Morgans Hollow Picnic Area
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation.

Knox County

Indianfield Bluffs Park
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot on the Kokosing River.

Summit County

Fort Island
Thanks to Michelle Pesho for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Cuyahoga County

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation–Canalway Center
Adjusted the name to identify this as a location within the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation.