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What’s New–Current

There are 3529 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New Ohio Birding Day Hike

Portage County
Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve Trails

Updates

Lorain County

Oberlin College–Oberlin Arboretum
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for sending tips for birding the ponds at Oberlin Arboretum from Diana Steele.

Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for several eBird hotspot pages.
Calamus Swamp, Pickaway County
Dillon State Park, Muskingum County
Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, Portage County
Goll Woods State Nature Preserve, Fulton County
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, Stark County
Jefferson Lake State Park, Jefferson County
Petes Pond Preserve, Lake County
Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve, Seneca County

On the home page of the website, updated the list of Top Ohio Birding Locations. On each county page, updated the list of Top Birding Locations in the county (check your favorite Ohio county page).

Whats New–January 18, 2020

There are 3529 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Beckley Municipal Airport
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot. Please view birds from outside the fence only.

Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park–Stitt Pavilion Woods
Thanks to Bettyann Nagy for suggesting this additional hotspot in Mill Creek Park and for providing tips for birding. Please note that the Stitt Pavilion is a rental facility and access to the pavilion, picnic tables, and facilities is limited to permit holders. Birders may view birds from the parking areas, roadway, and woods edge.

Stark County

Quail Hollow State Park–Meadowlands Trail
Thanks to Lindsay Baker for suggesting this additional hotspot at Quail Hollow State Park.

Summit County

Bath Nature Preserve–Garden Bowl
Thanks to Mike Edgington for suggesting this additional hotspot at the Bath Nature Preserve.

Updates

Summit County

Bath Nature Preserve–Beefys Trail and Woods
Added reference to Beefys Woods to this hotspot name. From Beefys Trail, a trail which is not on the preserve map provides access to the woods and a longer hike around Bath Pond. Added a map of this additional trail to the webpage.

What’s New–January 11, 2020

There are 3525 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Knox County

Wolf Run Regional Park–North Section Trails
Thanks to Janet Chandler for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Wolf Run Regional Park.

Updates

There are updated links on the home page and on each county page for the Top 100 eBirders. From these links it is easy for those interested to see where you stand in the state or in your county.

The default display is for “All time.” You can change this to the current year or select “Other” to choose any year from a list. The default display is records of “Species” seen. You can change this to “Complete checklists” to see where you stand in the number of checklists submitted. Click on “Show Top 100” to refresh the page when you make a change.

There is a similar link on each county page which by default displays your records for that county.

Note for species the data is of personal records and includes both confirmed and unconfirmed reports.

What’s New–January 4, 2020

There are 3524 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tip for using this website

Looking for location of a particular bird species in Ohio? You can search this website for a bird species, but results will be limited to pages which have the bird in the description of the location. It is a better choice to use the eBird website Species Map. For information on how to do this visit:
About eBird Species Maps

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County

Indian Mound Metropark
Thanks to Robert Krajeski for suggesting this hotspot at a new metropark in the county.

Clermont County

Woodland Mound Boat Launch
Thanks to Gene Sattler for suggesting this new hotspot which is part of Woodland Mound Park. Note that while most of this park is in Hamilton County, the boat ramp is located across the county line in Clermont County.

Harrison County

Clendening Lake
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting that we add an “overall” hotspot for all of Clendening Lake.

Mahoning County

Lake Milton State Park–Mahoning Avenue Nature Trail
Lake Milton State Park–Mountain Bike Trails

Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting these two additional hotspots in the Lake Milton State Park.

Meander Reservoir–Mahoning Avenue
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggested this additional hotspot on the Meander Reservoir for roadside birding. We have adjusted the name of the other hotspot which is in Trumbull County on the reservoir by adding the country name, Meander Reservoir (Trumbull Co.).

Trumbull County

Dunkerton Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this hotspot adjacent to Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area.

Newton Falls Bike Trail
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Chaffee Dodgeville Road
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–North Park Avenue, Townline Road

Thanks to Ethan Kistler for adding these hotspots in the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area.

Updates

Butler County and Hamilton County

Fernald Preserve
Omitted “Nature Preserve” from the names of all the hotspots at the Fernald Preserve to match the official name of this property.

What’s New–December 28, 2019

There are 3513 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Holmes County

stakeout Harris’s Sparrow, Township Rd. 628, Millersburg (2019)
Thanks to Adam Alexander for suggesting this stakeout. If you have submitted a checklist for this bird, you may want to change your location to the hotspot. This allows information about the bird to show at a shared location. For more information on stakeout hotspots please visit Stakeouts and Rarities.

Lawrence County

Proctorville Park
Thanks to Bryan Smith for suggesting this hotspot in Proctorville and for providing a photo and tips for birding this location.

Tips for using this website

There are two pages which focus on winter birding in Ohio.
Focus on Winter Birding at Killdeer Plains
Focus on Cuyahoga River Winter Birding

Also, check the pages about The Wilds and The Wilds Birding Drive, another place for winter birding.

Looking for location of a particular bird species in Ohio? You can search this website for a bird species, but results will be limited to pages which have the bird in the description of the location. It is a better choice to use the eBird website Species Map. For information on how to do this visit:
About eBird Species Maps

Updates

Cuyahoga County

Hemlock Creek Trail, Independence
Thanks to Fred Losi for suggesting that we add the community name, Independence, to the hotspot name to distinguish this trail from Bedford Reservation–Hemlock Creek Picnic Area, which has an associated trail system four miles away.

What’s New–December 21, 2019

There are 3511 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Lorian County

Vermilion River Reservation–Mill Hollow
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Vermilion River Reservation.

Updates

Lorain County

Vermilion River Reservation–Bacon Woods
Added tips for birding Bacon Woods from the Ohio Ornithological Society.

Morrow County and Richland County

Clear Fork Reservoir–Southwest (Morrow County)
Clear Fork Reservoir–Northwest (Richland County)
The Morrow-Richland county line divides the west end of the Clear Fork Reservoir. Morrow County is on the south and Richland County is on the north. We changed the directional names in these two hotspots from “West” to “Southwest” and “Northwest” to help birders identify the location of these hotspots on the reservoir.

Tip for using this website

What’s New
The “What’s New . . .” blog is updated immediately as new hotspots are added, new features developed, or changes are made to eBird hotspots. A weekly summary is posted, usually on Saturday morning. You can always check the link see what is currently being added to the website. Click on “What’s New” on the menu bar at the top of any page in the website.

What’s New–December 14, 2019

There are 3510 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Summit County

Silver Creek Metro Park–Cross Country Trails
Thanks to Justin Conway for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Silver Creek Metro Park.

Wayne County

Shreve Oak Grove Cemetery
Thanks to Su Synder for suggesting this hotspot at the junction of Cemetery and Force Roads adjacent to Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area.

Tip for using this website

About your eBird Life Lists

What’s New–December 7, 2019

There are 3509 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

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.

Roadside Birding
There are many locations, especially in rural counties, in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle. Rural roads through agricultural lands, state forests and wildlife areas, “skypools” that form after a rain, airport runways near public roads, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.

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

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 and Woods
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.

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.