Medusa Marsh

Medusa Marsh
Barrett Road
Bay View, Ohio 44870

Also, see Lake Erie Western Basin Important Bird Area
Erie County Lakeshore Birding Drive

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Medusa Marsh
Coordinates: 41.4613315, -82.810176
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Medusa Marsh–Barrett Rd.
Coordinates: 41.4586599, -82.793811
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Medusa Marsh–Martins Point Pool
Coordinates: 41.4627202, -82.8240824
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Tips for birding Medusa Marsh
“Medusa Marsh” is a name given to several privately owned, diked wetlands managed for waterfowl. Trespassing is prohibited. Parking is tolerated along either side of the road, but be certain to pull off the pavement. Be aware that traffic moves very fast along this stretch of road, so exercise caution. The impoundments are on the south side of Barrett Road. A railroad bed to the north blocks the view of the bay (unless you bird from the roof of your car), but double-crested cormorants and Bald Eagles can often be seen roosting in the trees along the water.

Medusa Marsh, also known as Neilson’s Marsh, lies along the stretch of road connecting Bay View and Sandusky. This road runs parallel to OH-2, and can be reached by heading north from either “Exit OH-269 Bay View” or “Exit US-6 Sandusky/ Fremont.”

Trespassing is prohibited. Parking is tolerated along either side of Barrett Road, but be certain to pull off the pavement. Be aware that traffic moves very fast along this stretch of road, so exercise caution. The impoundments are on the south side of Barrett Road. A railroad bed to the north blocks the view of the bay (unless you bird from the roof of your car), but Double-crested Cormorants and Bald Eagles can often be seen roosting in the trees along the water.

Beware speeding traffic. Use caution when slowing, pulling of the road, and exiting your vehicle.
From Ohio Ornithological Society

Birds of Interest by Season
Winter
The waters of Medusa Marsh are often frozen during the winter, but Castalia Duck Pond (see below) never freezes and provides exceptional waterfowl viewing.
Spring
Waterfowl and waders. Rarities have included Eurasian Widgeon, American Avocet.
Summer
Shorebirds, if water levels provide the necessary habitat. Rarities here have included Whimbrel.
Fall
Waterfowl, waders, terns.

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