Tri-Valley Wildlife Area
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Tips for birding Tri-Valley Wildlife Area
16,200 acres in Muskingum County. A variety of wooded and successional habitats can be found in the southern portion of the area, but it is the reclamation grasslands in the northern section that is of most interest to birders. This growing area makes it one of the best such places in Ohio.
From Columbus the quickest and easiest way to get into the grasslands is to take I-70 east to OH-93 (the first exit past Zanesville). Take OH-93 north to Adamsville then take Mollie’s Rock Road west into the area. The best reclamation grasslands are along Black Snake Road and Madison Hall Road. A new southern extension of Black Snake Road (south of Mollie’s Rock) is NOT on the ODNR map, but it is excellent, going through some relatively new grasslands. Along Madison Hall Road the grasslands also extend north of Rt. 208 to Stone Church Road.
Open all year during daylight hours.
From Ohio Ornithological Society
Madison Hall Road and Black Snake Road each have good habitat for summer grassland birds. Listen for singing Grasshopper and Henslow’s Sparrows during the breeding season.
From Ken Ostermiller
Birds of Interest by Season
Raptors get the top billing in the winter with large numbers of Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, and Short-eared Owls. Less common raptors should be looked for too, since interesting reports in recent years have been turning up in similar habitat not far away at the Wilds. Wild Turkeys can be conspicuous in the winter, and TVWA hosts a large wintering blackbird roost.
Spring and Summer
Tri-Valley is one of the best spots in Ohio to observe nesting passerines of grasslands and successional habitats. Henslow’s and Grasshopper Sparrows nest in large numbers and are easily found. Savannah Sparrows can be found in the more recent reclaimed grasslands while Field and Song Sparrows favor the brushier areas. A short list of some of the other characteristic birds at Tri-Valley include Eastern Kingbird, Prairie Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel, Bobolink, and Orchard Oriole. Blue Grosbeaks have recently become established nesters. Sedge Wrens have been noted at Tri-Valley too, but their occurrence anywhere in Ohio is unpredictable at best. Large flocks of swallows and blackbirds start gathering by mid-summer after nesting is completed.
This area receives little coverage in the fall. Have a visit and report what you find.
About Tri-Valley Wildlife Area
16,200 acres in Muskingum County. A variety of wooded and successional habitats can be found in the southern portion of the area, but it is the reclamation of grasslands in the northern section that is of most interest to birders. This growing area makes it one of the best such places in Ohio.
From Tri-Valley Wildlife Area webpage
No restroom facilities.