What’s New–November 28, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3792 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

 
Crawford County
Galion Bike Path
Thanks to Bobbi Reed for suggesting this hotspot for a new bike and walking trail in Galion and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

eBird Rare Bird Alert for Ohio
With the eBird website upgrade, the Rare Bird Alert can now be sorted in various ways. The links in the Birding in Ohio website display the eBird Rare Bird Alert sorted by date with the newest sightings at the top. You can now quickly scroll through the list to see the newest rare bird sightings.

Example eBird Rare Bird Alert
(Click on image to open current version of the Rare Bird Alert.)

What’s New–November 21, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3791 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

How to Help

Are you interested in helping with the Birding in Ohio website?
Check the How To Help page. We always appreciate contributions which editors can add to pages about hotspots.
Birds of interest
Tips for birding
Photos of habitat
See the page for more details of the types of information birders will find helpful.

In addition, we are interested in having one or more “assistant editors” to help with editing tasks in the website. Volunteers must be members of the Ohio Ornithological Society. Contact us at hotspots@ohiobirds.org if you would like more information.

Please send photos, tips for birding, questions about this website, comments, corrections, or additional information on locations to us at:
hotspots@ohiobirds.org

New eBird Hotspots

Carroll County
Saber Road
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot. The road follows the course of the Dining Fork Creek.

Franklin County
stakeout Black-chinned Hummingbird, Galloway (2020)
Thanks to Alex Eberts for suggesting this stakeout hotspot. If you have submitted a checklist with this bird at a personal location, please merge your location into this stakeout.

Harrison County
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting these hotspots in Harrison County.
Adams Road
The road travels through woods and deep ravines.

Cadiz-Flushing Road
The Harrison-Belmont county line crosses this road north of Flushing. Use this hotspot to report birds seen in Harrison County from the county line north to OH-519.

Crazy Road
The road travels through an area of reclaimed land.

YMCA Camp Road
The road plunges down off of Adams Road towards Clendening Lake crossing Colman Run.

Lucas County
Point Place Lighthouse
Thanks to Silas Fischer for suggesting this additional hotspot which is located within Bay View Park.

Pickaway County
Metzger Preserve and Ballard Park
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding. Metzger Preserve is 52 acres and features prairies, woods and access to Deer Creek. The Preserve is accessed through Ballard Park.

Stark County
Constitution Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot in Louisville.

Updates from Ohio Ornithological Society

The Ohio Ornithological Society website features “Where We Are Birding” articles by OOS Regional Directors. This week these excellent tips for birding have been added to the appropriate pages below.

Athens County
Lake Snowden
Strouds Run State Park
Thanks to Melissa Wales for providing tips for birding at two hotspots in Athens County via the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes newsletter.

Franklin County
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park–Wet Prairie Teal and Harrier Trails
Blendon Woods Metro Park
Thanks to Kandace Glanville, OOS Central Regional Director, for tips for birding at these hotspots.

Hancock County
Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Findlay Reservoirs
Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay
Thanks to Amy Downing, OOS Northwest Regional Director, for adding tips on birding at these hotspots.

Lake County
Fairport Nursery Road
Painesville Township Park
Sunset Harbor
Thanks to Sarah Preston for providing tips for birding at three hotspots in Lake County via the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes newsletter.

Lorain County
Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Margaret Peak Nature Preserve
Oberlin Preserve
Thanks to Diana Steele, OOS Northeast Regional Director, for tips for birding these hotspots.

Other Updates

Erie County
Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
Updated trail map.

Blackhaw Accessible Trail at Strounds Run State Park
Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay
Margaret Peak Nature Preserve

What’s New–November 14, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3782 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

The eBird website will have a planned outage November 17, 8:00 am, to November 19, 8:00 am. During this 48 hours, the project is updating the database and importing data from several projects.

The Birding in Ohio website will continue to be available as normal. However, links to the eBird website will, of course, not work.

https://ebird.org/news/database-update-november-17-19-maintenance

 

 

New eBird Hotspots

From Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Thanks to the staff at Western Reserve Land Conservancy for suggesting we add eBird hotspots at these properties which have recently been opened to the public through the work of the Land Conservancy.

Columbiana County

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail–Salem Greenway Preserve Trailhead
Western Reserve Land Conservancy helped to conserve a 30-acre property on either side of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail called Salem Greenway Preserve.

Erie County

Kelleys Island–Ed Curilla Preserve
Located on Huntington Lane on Kelleys Island, the trails at Ed Curilla Preserve provide access throughout the property’s forests, wetlands, and globally unique alvar habitat, which supports rare plant species. These habitats provide important resources for migrating birds, reptiles, amphibians, dragonflies, damselflies, and other wildlife.

Kelleys Island–Huntley-Beatty Preserve
Within walking distance of Kelleys Island’s downtown, the Huntley-Beatty Quarry provides visitors with opportunities to hike and explore the unique ecological and geological features of the island.

Geauga County

Auburn Community Park
Auburn Community Park is a project of Auburn Township in cooperation with Western Reserve Land Conservancy. It is located on Munn Road in Auburn Township southeast of Chagrin Falls.

Centerville Mills Park
Centerville Mills Park is located on Crackle Road in Bainbridge Township. The hiking trails give park visitors the opportunity to see and to hike through upland and bottomland forests, through high-quality wetlands areas, and along Spring Creek.

Fowlers Mill Cemetery
Fowlers Mill Cemetery is bordered on the east by the old interurban railroad and the Chagrin River. It is connected to the larger Munson Township Scenic River Retreat.

Scenic River Retreat
The Scenic River Retreat is on Mayfield Road near Chardon overlooking Fowlers Mill.

Geauga County (continued)

Nero Nature Preserve
Visitors can explore almost 2 miles of gorgeous nature trails that extend through old farm field and beech-maple forest, across streamed ravines that overlook a floodplain habitat extending along a tributary of the Chagrin River and past high-quality wetlands.

Lorain County

Oberlin Preserve
In August 2020, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, with funding and cooperation from conservation partners, announced the opening of the historic Oberlin Preserve. The preserve features a restored prairie, wet woodland, and was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Oberlin Preserve–Prairie and Oberlin Preserve–South Woods are both within the newly opened preserve and the word “Preserve” has been added to the names of these hotspots.

Ottawa County

Lucien Clemons Park
The picturesque Lucien M. Clemons Park has frontage along Lake Erie and includes both green open space and submerged land available for visitors to enjoy.

Portage County

Bretschneider Park
Bretschneider Park is a cooperative project of the City of Aurora and  Western Reserve Land Conservancy. It is located on East Pioneer Trail adjacent to the Aurora Audubon Sanctuary.

Forest Lake Wildlife Preserve
Western Reserve Land Conservancy helped add 10.5 acres of wet forest habitat to the City of Kent’s beautiful Forest Lake Wildlife Preserve.

Summit County

Eastwood Preserve
The Eastwood Preserve is a 28 acre parcel of land located in the heart of Richfield and has hiking trails through forests and open fields full of pollinators and wildflowers.

Haleys Run Trail
Haley’s Run showcases our urban conservation work through the 4 acre addition to the South Akron Greenway. Conservation partners restored a PCB-laden ditch into a greenway with a free-flowing stream lined with native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Visitors can enjoy a walk or run along the trail that winds through the greenway.

Additional New eBird Hotspots

Fayette County
Jeffersonville Park
Thanks To Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot along Sugar Creek in Jeffersonville.

Portage County
West Branch State Park–East Boat Ramp, Gilbert Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this additional hotspot at West Branch State Park.

Richland County
stakeout Rufous Hummingbird, 2741 Huntsman Rd., Bellville (2016, 2020)
If you have submitted a checklist with this bird, please change your location to the stakeout hotspot.

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Penniman Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area.

What’s New–November 7, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3765 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Did you know that the Birding in Ohio website has links to help you view the birds you have reported in Ohio?

For more information on using this feature visit About your eBird Life Lists..

There are links you can use for all of Ohio, each county, and every eBird hotspot.

New eBird Hotspots

Simon Kenton Trail, Woodburn Road Acesss
Photo by Jon Cefus

Champaign County
Simon Kenton Trail–County Line Road Access
There is a parking area for the Simon Kenton Trail on the north side of County Line Road near the intersection of County Line Road and OH-68.
Simon Kenton Trail–Woodburn Road Access
There is a parking area for the Simon Kenton Trail on the north side of Woodburn Road. This access is located just east of Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve.

Harrison County
Busby Road
Dickerson Church Road
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting these hotspots and for providing tips for birding. Both of these roads traverse privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Stark County
Devonshire Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot in Canton and for providing photos.

Ida Park
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting this hotspot. Ida Park is a small community park south of the intersection of US-30 and Cherry Street Southeast in Canton. Nimishillian Creek flows through the park.

West Lawn Cemetery
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting this cemetery in Canton as an eBird hotspot.

Updates

Franklin County
Blendon Woods Metro Park–Goldenrod Trail
Blendon Woods Metro Park–Thoreau Pond
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of these hotspots.

Geauga County
Middlefield Retention Ponds
Thanks to Ami Horowitz for adding photos and tips for birding.

Monroe County
Monroe Lake Wildlife Area
Wayne National Forest–Holmes Wetland
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of these hotspots.

Noble County
Seneca Lake Park
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of this park.

Stark County
Esmont Park
Kiwanis Park
Reservoir Park
Sippo North Park
Sippo South Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for providing photos for each of these parks.

Washington County
Kroger Wetlands
Thanks to Kandace Glanville for providing photos of this hotspot.

Lake Erie Public Access Guide

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has updated and put on the internet the Lake Erie Public Access Guide. This guide has access information about many birding sites on Lake Eire and on rivers that flow into the lake. Information about locations is being added to appropriate hotspot descriptions.

Middlefield Retention Ponds, south pond – Photo by Ami Horowitz
Wayne National Forest, Holmes Wetland – Photo by Kandace Glanville

What’s New–October 31, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3758 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Ohio Birding Drives are routes for birding trips which can be accomplished in one day, stopping to walk and bird at various eBird hotspots. For each Birding Drive, a Google map is provided with the route and suggested stops at eBird hotspots. You may save the link to the Google map on your smartphone or tablet, or print a copy on paper to take with you. Links are provided for each eBird hotspot. Follow those links for information about birding each location.

There is at least one birding drive for each county in Ohio and more than one for most counties.

New eBird Hotspots

Mercer County
Beaver Creek Treatment Train
Thanks to Josh King for suggesting this hotspot. The Beaver Creek Treatment is located south of Grand Lake Saint Marys near the community of Montezuma and the Lakeview Airport. It is on Cassella-Montezuma Road.

Stark County
Esmont Park
Kiwanis Park
Massillon Cemetery
Reservoir Park
Sippo North Park
Sippo South Park
Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting these hotspots.

Updates

Fairfield County
Wahkeena Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos of Wahkeena Nature Preserve.

Jackson County
Cackley Swamp
Updated the page with directions to Cackley Swamp.

Medina County
Veterans Memorial Park, Spencer
Changed the name of this hotspot from “Spencer Reservoir” because the park includes the reservoirs and additional land along Coon Creek preserved working with Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

Mercer County
Coldwater Creek Treatment Train
Prairie Creek Treatment Train
Added map images and links to these two hotspot pages.

Stark County
Dueber Avenue
Thanks to Jon Cefus for adding photos of the habitat at this hotspot.

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Durst-Colebrook Road
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Gardner-Barclay Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting that we adjust the names of these hotspots to use the road names which are on the wildlife area map rather than the county road numbers.

Wyandot County
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Drained Reservoir
Added information about the draining and decommissioning of the Killdeer Plains Upground Reservoir.

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Maps
Updated appropriate hotspot pages with links to maps of lakes managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Wahkeena Nature Preserve – Photo by Tom Fishburn
Duebner Avenue – Photo by Jon Cefus