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What’s New–March 28, 2020

There are 3575 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Clark County Fairground–Champions Park
Champions Park is the center of the Clark County Fairground.

Eagle City Soccer Complex
The Eagle City Soccer Complex parking lot provides access to the Simon Kenton Trail.

Greenmount Cemetery
Greenmount Cemetery is adjacent to US-40 in Springfield. The entrance is from South Greenmount Street.

Simon Kenton Trail–Villa Road Access
The Simon Kenton Trail stretches 32 miles in Champaign, Clark, and Logan counties.

Delaware County

Galena Brick Trail–Miller Park
Thanks to Tom Eshelman for suggesting hotspot, creating a map, and providing tips for birding the Galena Brick Trail.

Hoover Nature Preserve–Gertrude S. Lawrence Woods
Thanks to Steve Wheeler for suggesting this hotspot which is part of the Hoover Nature Preserve and for providing a photo and tips for birding this location.

Walnut Creek Trail
Thanks to Tom Eshelman for suggesting this hotspot, creating a map, and providing tips for birding the trail.

Franklin County

Ohio State University–Buckeye Grove
Thanks to Lexis Shishoff for suggesting the additional hotspot on the Ohio State University Main Campus.

Lucas County


Side Cut Metropark–Siegert Lake
Thanks to Jim Proffitt for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Side Cut Metropark.

Morgan County

Buckeye Trail @ OH-78 and OH-83, Dyers Fork
Thanks to Tim Daniel for suggesting this hotspot within the American Electric Power (AEP) ReCreation Land recreation area.

Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area
Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area–Bristol Church Road
Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area–Sand Hollow Campground

Thanks to Tim Daniel for suggesting these hotspots in Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area

Updates

Lucas County

Fallen Timbers Battlefield
Added a map and information about the two trails at the National Historic Site.

What’s New–March 21, 2020

There are 3563 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County

Vermilion Cemetery
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County

Hoover Reservoir–Area T
Thanks to Steve Wheeler for suggesting this additional hotspot at Hoover Reservoir.

Greene County

Cedarville University–Campus
Thanks to Andrew Staufer for suggesting this additional hotspot at Cedarville University.

Harrison County

Tappan Lake
Tappan Wetland Mitigation Bank

Thanks to Jon Cefus and Kent Miller for suggesting that we create a hotspot for all of Tappan Lake. This may be used when you submit a checklist with birds seen from various locations around Tappan Lake. Also, thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting the hotspot at the Tappan Wetland Mitigation Bank.

Huron County

Mary Fate Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Lake County

Painesville Square
Thanks to Don Donaldson for suggesting this hotspot.

Portage County

West Branch State Park–Knapp Road
Thanks to Bill Grant for suggesting that Knapp Road on the west end of the Kirwan Reservoir, where there are sometimes mud flats, should be an eBird hotspot. The marker for the entire reservoir, which had been at this end of the reservoir but had checklists from many locations around the reservoir, has been moved out into the lake. If you have submitted checklists with only birds seen from Knapp Road, you might consider changing the location to this new hotspot.

Richland County

Mount Hope Cemetery
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Mount Zion Cemetery, Lucas
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Rabold Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

What’s New–March 7, 2020

There are 3549 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Morgana Bluffs Nature Preserve
Thanks to Mary Anne Romito for suggesting this hotspot.

Fairfield County

Hunter Park
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Greene County

Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area–OH-380 Access
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot in the Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area.

Lorain County

Hollstein Reservation
Thanks to Ashley Hahn for suggesting this hotspot.

Mercer County

Gilliland Nature Sanctuary
Thanks to Josh King for suggesting this hotspot and providing tips for birding there.

Updates

eBird Hotspot Frequently Asked Questions
Added a link to a helpful article on eBird Hotspots, how they are organized, named, and managed. Look for this link on the home page of this website.

What’s New–February 22, 2020

There are 3545 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Ohio State University–Society for Ecological Restoration Site
Thanks to Tyler Ficker for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio State University Main Campus.

Marion Community Foundation Lake
Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail–Marion Community Foundation Lake
Thanks to Steve Jones for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Marion Tallgrass Trail.
Please note that the name of the hotspot associated with the trailhead on Holland Road has been adjusted to Marion Tallgrass Trail–Holland Road Trailhead. This trailhead has many traveling checklists for the eastern section of the trail from Holland Road to OH-203 (1.7 miles). This section of the trail passes the Marion Community Foundation Lake.

Muskingum County

Genesis Hospital Walking Trail
Thanks to T. Shemick for suggesting this hotspot.

Union County

Scotts Associate Park (restricted access)
Thanks to Ghislain Rompré for suggesting this hotspot. Access is restricted to Scotts employees and their guests and the park is included in the annual Christmas Bird Count in the area. Several Scotts employees are birders who survey this park regularly.

Updates

About Notable Bird Sightings
BirdFinder is a gadget written by Ed Norton, a Massachusetts birder. BirdFinder, displayed at the bottom of the website home page, provides information about the county where the bird was seen, which birder submitted the checklist, whether or not the sighting has been confirmed, and links to the checklist, Google map, and eBird species map.

Tip for using this website

About Restricted Access
As a general rule, eBird hotspots are located at places with public access and birders are welcome to enter the location to view birds. There are, however, some exceptions.

What’s New–February 15, 2020

There are 3541 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Capital University
Thanks to Jessica Camp for suggesting this hotspot.

Summit County

Copley Community Park
Thanks to Greg Snowden for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Whew! Finished making many behind the scene updates, visiting every page in the website in the past two weeks. (There are 4,165 pages currently!) Many websites, including eBird, have been updating to more secure urls, changing from http:// to https://. The older links were redirecting to the changed websites but the process made many pages load a bit slower. Now, when you click on a link to the eBird website, it should open slightly faster. I also found a few errors I made in setting up pages and fixed those problems in the process.

Photo by Janet Chandler

Knox County

Wolf Run Regional Park
Thanks to Janet Chandler for providing photos and tips for birding.

What’s New–February 8, 2020

There are 3539 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Pickaway County and Ross County

Ross-Pickaway County Line Road
Ross-Pickaway County Line Road (Pickaway County)
Ross-Pickaway County Line Road (Ross County)

Thanks to Eric Reiner and Ken Danter for suggesting that we add an eBird hotspot on this road that birders have visited for many seasons. This road is right on the county line. Ross County is south of the road. Pickaway County is north of the road. While the birds do not care about the county line and cross it freely, some birders keep careful track of bird sightings within each county. There are two eBird hotspots to use to report checklists of birds seen in each county.

Updates

Union County

Jim Simmons Trail
Thanks to Steve Jones who suggested moving the marker for this hotspot to the entrance of the Jim Simmons Trail adjacent to the Mill Valley Park parking area.

What’s New–February 1, 2020

There are 3537 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Buck Creek State Park–West Lake Access from OH-4
Thanks to Dan Kempf for suggesting this additional hotspot as Buck Creek State Park.

Summit County

Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron
Thanks to Sue Evanoff for suggesting this new eBird hotspot.
Wolf Creek, Norton
Thanks to Stefanie Musgrave for suggesting this new eBird hotspot.

Updates

Chippewa Creek Headwaters Park
Cuyahoga County

Chippewa Creek Headwaters Park
Thanks to Ken Andrews for creating an updated map of this hotspot indicating parking and good areas to look for birds.

Franklin County

McKinley Quarry
This hotspot was formerly named “Campbell Memorial Park, Shrum Mound.” McKinley Quarry is an old limestone quarry which birders have viewed from the adjacent Shrum Mound at Campbell Memorial Park. The Campbell Memorial Park is a very small park, really just a low stone wall surrounding a burial mound. The new signage at the park asks that visitors not climb the mound. This means that the quarry and rookery cannot be viewed from the park: the bushes around the park are too high and too dense to allow visibility, and the mound should not be climbed to look over the bushes.

The hotspot has been moved south on McKinley Avenue where there is a small pull-in and an overlook. Please view birds on the quarry from the overlook. The quarry itself is posted no trespassing and is closed to entry.
From James Muller

Photo by Bettyann Nagy

Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park–Stitt Pavilion Woods
Thanks to Bettyann Nagy for providing photos of the woods and parking area near Stitt Pavilion.

What’s New–January 25, 2020

There are 3534 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Lawrence County
Thanks to Bryan Smith for suggesting four new eBird hotspots along the Ohio River in Lawrence County.
Coal Grove Boat Ramp
Indian Guyan Boat Ramp
Proctorville Driving Range
Symmes Creek Boat Launch

Muskingum County
The Wilds–Big Muskie Drive
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this additional hotspot at The Wilds.

Eagle Creek Nature Preserve
Photo by Tom Fishburn

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.