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What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3879 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Northwood Walking Trail

Photo by Derrick Hill
Guernsey County
Northwood Walking Trail
Thanks to Derrick Hill for suggesting this hotspot in Cambridge and for providing a photo and description of the trail. The Northwood Walking Trail, .5 mile, crosses Wills Creek and connects to Northwood Cemetery. Parking is available on Wills Creek Valley Drive.

Holmes County
stakeout Black-headed Grosbeak, 2690 Township Rd. 66, Killbuck (2021)
There is a Black-headed Grosbeak coming to a Holmes County feeder. It has been present for approximately 4 weeks according to the homeowners Allen and Ada Raber who knew they had a grosbeak but just recently told Joshua Yoder who went and confirmed the species and spoke with the homeowners about the possibility of allowing the many visitors that would love to see this bird. Allen is most welcoming of visitors but there are some key logistics to follow to make it work well so please read and follow very carefully if you try for this bird. The address is 2690 Township Road 66, Killbuck. This is an extremely quiet narrow dirt road but there is a small running business at the house and deliveries may be made there so all of the parking is to be along the east side of the road, south of the house. Parking will need to be from the green gate and extending south from there. During peak visitation, some will need to park south back to the curve in the road and beyond to find places wide enough to pull off the east side of the road and still allow traffic to pass. It is of course crucial to not block the road and allow even small trucks to pass. Viewing will happen from the road viewing the feeder on the south side of the house. The land west of the road opposite the house is owned by someone that will not tolerate anyone on his land so do not step off the west side of the road near the house. It will be in everyone’s best interest if folks are as still and quiet as possible as you wait on the road as the bird seems pretty shy. It has often scanned the yard from the spruce on the north end of the row of White Pine by the green gate and people will be near this lookout tree so quiet and still will be essential to help the bird come to the feeder. Many thanks to the Raber’s for their hospitality and to Joshua Yoder for helping with arrangements and confirming the bird. As a thank you please sign the guestbook by the green gate and consider a donation of birdseed. Good luck!
From Kent Miller

If you have submitted a checklist for this stakeout at a personal location, please change or merge your location to the stakeout hotspot.

Lorain County
Century Park
Thanks to Debbie and Mark Raven for suggesting this hotspot on Lake Erie in Lorain.

Mahoning County
Salt Springs Road Mahoning River View
This view of the Mahoning River is on Salt Springs Road at the I-680 and OH-193 interchange. Salt Springs Road is accessible heading east on I-680. Take the Salt Springs Road exit. There is a pull off at the end of the exit ramp where the now-closed Bridge Street intersects Salt Springs Road. Park and walk to view the Mahoning River. Thanks to Bettyann Nagy for suggesting this hotspot.

What’s New–February 20, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3875 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Looking for when a rare bird was last reported?

For those who wish to see when and where a rare bird sighting was last reported to eBird, visit the Birding-in-Ohio website and scroll down to the bottom of the home page. There is a table with all the rare bird sightings reported in the last 7 days in Ohio.
https://birding-in-ohio.com/#notable

You can go to that table from any page in the website using the menu bar at the top of each page:
Find a Bird -> Recent Sightings

Extra Tip
You can also view the BirdFinder gadget in a separate page in your browser:
https://www.birdfinder.net/region.php?region=US-OH
Note the code OH for Ohio in the URL. You can change that to a different state code to see a table for any state in the US.

New eBird Hotspots

Belmont County
Barkcamp State Park–Overlook Picnic Area
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Clermont County
East Fork State Park–Tate Boat Ramp
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this additional hotspot in the East Fork State Park.

Coshocton County
Coshocton County Road 9
Newcastle Township Road 366
Sharrock Ridge Reclaimed Area
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting these three hotspots.

Tuscarawas River Access @ Coshocton County Road 254
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot.

Hamilton County
Pioneer Park
Thanks to Emily Pack for suggesting this hotspot in Montgomery.

Licking County
Tagg Road
The agricultural fields adjacent to Tag Road, Township Highway 48, may attract Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs in the winter. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Mahoning County
Mill Creek Park–Glacier Falls
Thanks to Bettyann Nagy for suggesting this additional hotpsot in Mill Creek Park.

Portage County
Jessie Smith Wildlife Preserve
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Jefferson County
Rayland Marina (Jefferson Co.)
We have adjusted the name of this hotspot from “Short Creek Public Boat Ramp (Jefferson Co.)”. While at one time there was a free public boat ramp here, it is now privately operated as a marina with a fee for launching and parking. We also added information about the location of the state line in the Ohio River and the location of the Belmont County line south of this hotspot.

What’s New–February 13, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3865 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Medina County
Garden Isle Road
Garden Isle Road runs from the south edge of the village of Lodi to Willow Road near the I-71 and OH-83 interchange. The road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Miami County
Great Miami River Trail–OH-202 Trailhead
The Great Miami River Trail runs for 75 miles and hugs the Great Miami River nearly the entire route. The trail offers 32 miles of bikeway along the Great Miami River through Miami County.

Tuscarawas County
stakeout Painted Bunting, 1526 Gotthard St., Sugarcreek (2021)
A local birder has confirmed and secured permission for visitors to see a male Painted Bunting in Tuscarawas that the homeowners say has been present several weeks and continues today. Houses are close together here with very short driveways so parking will need to be on the street. Today Ed Schlabach spoke with the Sugar Creek Police Department who were very cooperative asking that we be very careful not to block traffic or driveways. The bird is visiting the back yard and feeder at 1526 Gotthard Street SW, Sugar Creek. Birders are invited to park on the road and only view from the driveway of either 1526 or 1532 Gotthard. Both homeowners have granted permission to view from those driveways but do not wander off the driveways, please. It sounds like the driveway of 1532 will actually give the best viewing even though the feeder is at 1526. If parking along the road should happen to fill up, there is public parking .3 miles away at a ball park at the end of Rhine St. Lastly please sign the visitor book on the porch of 1526. Thanks for enjoying this special visitor respectfully.
From Bobolink Area Facebook group
Thanks to Eli Miller for suggesting the stakeout hotspot.

Updates

We have updated the Focus on… articles about birding near a county or state line with help from Ohio eBird reviewers about how to report checklists in these situations.
Focus on Birding near a County Line
Focus on Birding near a State Line

How to report checklists near a state or county line in Ohio

Ohio eBird reviewers ask that birders keep precise state and county lists. When you are at a location where you see birds across a state or county line, we ask that you keep two incomplete birding lists, one for each side of the border.

When keeping separate checklists for different sides of a border, please follow these rules:
+ For both checklists, the answer to “Is this a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?” must be “No“, because each list intentionally omits birds in the other geopolitical area.
+ Use your exact location for birds detected on your side of the border; create a personal location directly across from you on the opposite side of the border for the birds you detect on that side. (You can also select an appropriate hotspot for either side of the border, but only if it accurately describes your location on your side or the general vicinity of the birds on the other side.)
+ If you freely crossed back and forth across the border while birding, choose an incomplete Stationary or Traveling protocol for both checklists. If you could not freely cross the border while birding, use the “Incidental” protocol for the checklist on the inaccessible side. Do not use the Stationary or Traveling protocol for any lists plotted to counties, states, or provinces you did not actually bird within.
+ We recommend focusing on one side of the border at a time instead of trying to keep two lists at once (you will not be able to keep simultaneous lists running on eBird Mobile if you are using tracks).

Belmont County
Pike Island Lock and Dam
At this location, the Ohio-West Virginia state line is on the bank of the Ohio side of the river. Birds seen on the Ohio River are in West Virginia in the Pike Island Pool (above the dam) or in the water below the dam (use the Pike Island Dam hotspot in West Virginia). When reporting birds from the Ohio hotspot use multiple incomplete checklists as described above.

 

 

 

Example of a popular location with a county line.

Pike Island Lock and Dam on the Ohio-West Virginia state line.

What’s New–February 6, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3862 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Butler County
FurField Dog Park
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this hotspot. This park provides views of birds on Martin Marietta’s quarry lake.
Joyce Park
Thanks to Marianne Gorman for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Franklin County
Schiller Park
Union Cemetery, Columbus–East
Webster Park
Whetstone Park–Columbus Park of Roses
Thanks to Angelika Nelson for suggesting these four hotspots.

Highland County
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Barretts Rim Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Barrier Ridge Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Cedar Run Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Kamelands Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Listening Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Maudes Cedar Narrows Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Museum Trails
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Ridgeview Farm and Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Roundtop Loop
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting these hotspots on trails in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Please use these more specific locations when you submit checklists on these trails.

Rocky Fork State Park–Fishing Wharf
Rocky Fork State Park–North Beach Marina
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting these additional hotspots at Rocky Fork State Park.

Updates

Added a page listing Ohio Counties by Region.

Butler County
Marsh Park Fishing Lake
Changed the name of this hotspot from “Marsh Lake” to match the name used on the park webpage and on Google maps.

Summit County
PPG Lime Lakes
Changed the name of this hotspot from “Barberton Salt Ponds, Lime Lakes” to reflect the restoration work done by PPG Industries on this former industrial site. Thanks to Dennis Mersky whose company worked on the project for suggesting this change and for providing information about it.

Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for hotspots in several counties.
Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Barretts Rim Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Listening Trail
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Museum Trails
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Ridgeview Farm and Trail
Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve
McCracken Fen State Nature Preserve
Milford Center Prairie State Natural Area
Myeerah Nature Preserve
Myeerah Nature Preserve–Wetland
Wayne National Forest–Big Bailey Wetland

What’s New–January 30, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3845 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Winter Birding at Killdeer Plains

January and February winter birding at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area can be a true adventure. Winter specialties, such as Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, Long- and Short-eared Owls, Lapland Longspurs, and Snow Buntings are often found in the area. Birders drive the area, birding much of the time from their vehicles, but exiting frequently to scan promising fields and walk in the woods. Sunset is early, 5:45 to 6:00 pm, depending when in the winter you go; starting a little before that, look for Short-eared Owls hunting over the fields.

Check the pages on Killdeer Plains in this website:
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
There are 17 eBird hotspots at Killdeer Plains and you will find a page of information on each of them, complete with maps and tips for birding.
Killdeer Plains Birding Drive
This birding drive suggests one way to drive through the wildlife area visiting 8 hotspots.

For reports on past trips check Jim McCarty’s article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer or the report of a trip by the Columbus Audubon Society.

When you go, dress warmly. Plan to stay to see the owls fly. Winter birding in Ohio is a great adventure.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Groveport Municipal Golf Course
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot.

Walnut Woods Metro Park–Big Run Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Buckeye Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Tall Pines Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Walnut Creek Fields
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting these additional hotspots within the Walnut Woods Metro Park and for providing tips for birding the Walnut Creek Fields. We have also added this Walnut Woods to the Ohio Birding Day Hikes index.

Greene County
Dominick Lofino Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Prairie Grass Trail–Cedarville
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County
Joes Run Recreational Trail
Thanks to Chris Crook for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo and tips for birding.

Ottawa County
Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor
Thanks to Ryan Lesniewicz for suggesting this hotspot.

Washington County
Muskingum River Road
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Revised help tip
How to get a “life list” of birds seen at a personal location

Hancock County
Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Litzenberg Memorial Woods–North of US-224
Litzenberg Memorial Woods–South of US-224
Added “US-224” to the hotspot names of the two sections of Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The use of directional labels in hotspot names can be confusing to birders who may not know an area. North of what? Or South of what?

Franklin County
Union Cemetery, Columbus–East
Added “Columbus” to the name of this hotspot to distinguish it from other Union Cemeteries in Ohio. Added a map.

What’s New–January 23, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3835 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – Stange Prairie
Muskingum County
Mission Oaks Gardens
Thanks to Taylor Shimek for suggesting this hotspot in Zanesville and for providing tips for birding.

Franklin County
Minerva Park Lake and Greenbelt
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Stange Prairie
The Stange Prairie has an observation deck that may be accessed from Stange Road. It provides views of the pond on the Wildlife Drive.

The hotspot Stange Rd. @ Krause Rd. has been adjusted accordingly. These roads are on the edge of the National Wildlife Area and birders use it to report birds seen in the agricultural fields on private lands along the roads.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Two Rivers Unit, O’Neal Road (restricted access)
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Two Rivers Unit, West Portage River South Road

Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting hotspots for a newly opened unit of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of the Portage and Little Portage rivers.

Updates

Clark County
Eagle City Rd. Borrow Pits (view from roadside only)
The Eagle City Road Borrow Pits are not open to entry. We have added (view from roadside only) to this hotspot name.

Cuyahoga County
Lakefront Reservation–Scranton Road Peninsula
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos.

Geauga County
South Russell Village Park
Thanks to Matt Valencic for providing tips and updated information about this park.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Little Portage Unit
Changed the name of “Little Portage River–Upper” to reflect that this has become a unit of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Scranton Flats
Scranton Flats, Photo by Tom Fishburn