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What’s New–February 22, 2020

There are 3542 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

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.

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.

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.