Hinckley Reservation webpage
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Photo by Alex Garrote
The Redwing Cabin has a different habitat and different birds than Hinckley Lake. The parking lot is dry gravel and is open every day. There is a restroom without running water available near the parking lot. Behind the cabin there is a drinking fountain that is fed from a well, and is operated by a hand-pump. The cabin itself is locked up unless reserved with the park, but it has open front and back porches where you could stand or sit to observe birds.
The area immediately around the cabin and parking lot are mowed, but past this the grass is not mowed. This unmowed area extends into fields surrounded by forest, giving great habitat variation and line-of-sight. For most birding, binoculars will be all that is needed. However, a scope might be helpful in identifying some of the sparrows and other field-dwelling species that can be seen in the lower, southern extent of the field without having to trample through the wild grasses. There are a lot of Indigo Buntings around the parking lot in the summer, both male and female can be easily seen in the trees and shrubbery on the east side of the parking area and north side of the driveway. Flycatchers–Great Crested, Kingbird, Phoebe, and Pewee–are all in the area during the summer.
From Alex Garrote
About Redwing Cabin Picnic Area
Redwing Reserved Picnic Area is located off West Drive in Hinckley Reservation, off Bellus Road between OH-606 and State Road in Hinckley Township. An enclosed shelter is included.
Tips for birding Hinckley Reservation
Ohio Birding Day Hike: Hinckley Reservation Trails
About the Hinckley Reservation
At the southern end of Cleveland Metroparks is Hinckley Reservation, the site of the nationally-known annual Return of the Buzzards. From hiking at Whipp’s Ledges to kayaking on Hinckley Lake, there are a variety of activities here for everyone.
Another attraction of the reservation is Whipp’s Ledges, with elevations rising 350 feet above Hinckley Lake and formed more than 250 million years ago.
Worden’s Ledges has unique carvings made in the 1940s by Noble Stuart, son-in-law to the namesake of the ledges, Hiram Worden. Hike the Worden’s Ledges loop trail to see the carvings.
Rising Valley, located off Newton Road, which was transferred by Hinckley Township to Cleveland Metroparks, has public access trails.
From Hinckley Reservation webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Hinckley Reservation map.