What’s New–July 31, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4028 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots


Erie County
stakeout Wood Stork, Martins Point Rd. (2021) (view birds from roadside only)
We have set up a stakeout hotspot for sightings of the Wood Stork in Erie County. If you have submitted a checklist at this location, please move your checklist into this stakeout hotspot. Use care and watch for passing traffic when birding in this location and respect private property on this road. View birds from the roadside only.


Geauga County
Modroo Preserve
Thanks to Wes Hatch for suggesting this hotspot.

Mahoning County
Crandall Park
Thanks to Elsa Higby for suggesting this hotspot.

Medina County
Hinkley Reservation–West Drive Scenic Overlook
Thanks to Jacob Raber for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Hinckley Reservation.

Montgomery County
Waldruhe Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County
Yoker Valley Road (view from roadside only)
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Nehls Memorial Preserve
Thanks to Edward Lux for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos.

Pickaway County
Scioto River–OH-316 Access
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot.

Ross County
Metahqua Preserve
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and a tip for birding.

Scioto County
Riverfront Park, Portsmouth
Thanks to Lincoln Johnson for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio River.

Stark County
Walborn Reservoir–Bingham Farm Trail

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Mallard Pond
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area.

Union County
Big Darby Creek–North Lewisburg Road
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and a description of the area.

Vinton County
Tar Hollow State Forest–Clark Hollow Road (Vinton County)
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Athens County
Hockhocking Adena Bikeway–Armitage Road

Adjusted the coordinates for this hotspot. Thanks to Philip Cantino for suggesting this change.

Clinton County
Lytle Creek Nature Preserve

Cuyahoga County
Brighton Park
Thanks to Ken Andrews for providing photos and a tip for finding the entrance to this new park.

Walter Stinson Park
Thanks to Eddie Price for providing photos and tips for birding at this park.

What’s New–June 26, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4014 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Watch for the next update around August 1, 2021

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County
Mohican State Forest–Blue Bridle Trail
Thanks to Billi Krochuk for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mohican State Forest and for providing tips for birding.

Clinton County
Lytle Creek Nature Preserve
Thanks to Larry Early for suggesting this hotspot.

Cuyahoga County
Brighton Park
Western Reserve Land Conservancy has announced the opening of this new park with trails. The park is located near the Cleveland Zoo.

Greene County
Little Miami Scenic Trail–Xenia
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot on the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

Lorain County
Veterans Memorial Park, Avon
Thanks to Patty and Kevin McKelvey for suggesting this hotspot.

Marion County
Prospect Cemetery
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Mahoning County
Lincoln Park, Youngstown
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot.

Ottawa County
North Coast Inland Trail–Elmore
Thanks to Ken Clark for suggesting this hotspot on the North Coast Inland Trail and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Warren County
Beck Park
Thanks to George Keller for providing photos.

What’s New–June 19, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4006 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Lake County
Willow Beach Park
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Medina County
Camp Road, Homerville
Camp Road, Township Road 36, is lightly traveled and stretches north for 3 miles from US-224 to Old Mill Road. The road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Summit County
Valley View Metro Park (not yet open to the public)
Thanks to Mike Edgington for suggesting this hotspot. Summit Metro Parks acquired the 195-acre former Valley View Golf Course fulfilling the long-term vision of connecting three parks—Cascade Valley, Gorge and Sand Run—creating 1,700 contiguous acres of natural green space. While the park is not yet open to the public, this hotspot is being used by authorized birders for a bird census.

Updates

Medina County
Maple Lakes Campground
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for providing photos.

What’s New–June 12, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4003 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County
Highbanks Metro Park–Big Meadows
Thanks to Amy Kramer for suggesting this hotspot. The addition of this hotspot brings the total number of hotspots in Ohio to 4000!

Erie County
Edison Park, Milan
Thanks to Philip Steiner for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Portage County
Portage Hike and Bike Trail–Lake Rockwell Road Trailhead
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Portage Hike and Bike Trail.

Warren County
Beck Park
Thanks to George Keller for suggesting this hotspot.

Wayne County
Millbrook Road
Thanks to Su Snyder for suggesting this hotspot which is accessed from Elyria Road south of US-3 in the vicinity of Funk Bottoms.

Updates

Darke County
Eidson Woods Preserve, Greenville
Added the community identifier to the name of this hotspot to distinguish it from other hotspots in Ohio with the differently spelled, but similar looking name, “Edison”.

What’s New–June 5, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3998 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clinton County and Highland County
East Fork Riparian Reserve–East Side Trails (Clinton Co.)
East Fork Riparian Reserve–West Side Trails (Highland Co.)
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this reserve as a hotspot. The Highland-Clinton county line runs through the middle of this preserve. The trails on the east side of the preserve are in Clinton County. The trails on the west side are in Highland County.

Delaware County
Alum Creek Trail–Polaris Parkway to County Line Road
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot. Most of the Alum Creek Trail is in Franklin County. This section in Delaware County is the northernmost terminus of the trail from the county line north to Polaris Parkway where the trail meets the Big Walnut Trail.

Lorain County
Menards Retention Pond
Thanks to Ryan Smylie for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Athens County
Woodcock Nature Preserve (restricted access)
Added (restricted access) to the name of this preserve and tips for birding. Birders are asked to give advance notice the night before visiting by sending a text message to the preserve.

Medina County
Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary
The Medina County Park District has changed the name of the Wolf Creek Environmental Center to Oenslager Nature Center. The nature center is located in the Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary. Adjusted the name of this hotspot to use the name of the wildlife sanctuary instead of the nature center, since the trails are in the sanctuary.

Franklin County
Alum Creek Trail–Heritage Park and Westerville Sports Complex
The Alum Creek Trail passes through Heritage Park and this hotspot has been used for checklists on the trail from County Line Road to Main Street. We have changed the name from “Heritage Park, Westerville”. Thanks to Michael Schramm and Rob Thorn for helping to discern this change.

 
 
 
 
 
 

What’s New–May 29, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3994 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Are you planning a trip to a part of Ohio that is new to you?
Want information on where to go birding in a county you have never visited before?

Ohio Birding Drives are routes for birding trips that can be accomplished in one day, stopping to walk and bird at various eBird hotspots. For each Birding Drive, a Google map is provided with the route and suggested stops at eBird hotspots. You may save the link to the Google map on your smartphone or tablet, or print a copy on paper to take with you. Links are provided for each eBird hotspot. Follow those links for information about birding each location.

There is at least one birding drive in each Ohio county and, in many counties, there is more than one.

Visit Ohio Birding Drives for a list of all the birding drives in each county.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County
Big Oak Nature Park
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Delaware County
Alum Creek State Park–Kilbourne Boat Launch
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Hamilton County
Delhi Park
Thanks to Michael Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Medina County
Maple Lakes Campground (register at office)
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding. Birders are welcome. There is a day use fee.

Updates

Geauga County
Pekin Road Marsh
Thanks to Mark Shaver via the Geauga County Wildlife Facebook page for updated information on viewing birds at this marsh. Property owners have graciously allowed birders to view the wildlife in the marsh. There is a safe pull off area off the berm of the east bound lane close to Auburn Road. Please obey traffic laws. Do not pull off road facing traffic. Also it is not recommended to pull off any side of Auburn Road near the marsh. This is an unsafe area to do so. There is limited visibility for you and oncoming traffic on Auburn.

Vinton County
Zaleski State Forest–Moonville Tunnel
Added tips for birding. Athens area birders maintain the Moonville Tunnel Prothonotary Trail along the Moonville Tunnel Trail. The purpose of the Prothonotary Trail is to provide nesting boxes along the Moonville Trail in the excellent nesting habitat close to Raccoon Creek for this warbler species who will use nest boxes if provided.

What’s New–May 22, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3990 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County
Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Rome Rock Creek Road
Thanks to Sean Artman for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.

Franklin County
Iuka Park and Ravine
Thanks to Amy Kramer for suggesting this hotspot in Columbus.

Henry County
East Riverdowns Park
Thanks to Mike Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Hocking County
John Glenn Astronomy Park
Thanks to David Boon for suggesting this hotspot.

Lorain County
James Day Park
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Putnam County
Arrowhead Park
Thanks to Mike Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Shelby County
Lake Loramie State Park–Siegles Bridge
Thanks to Tom Moorman for suggesting this additional hotspot in Lake Loramie State Park and for providing tips for birding with a map of a trail north from Siegles Bridge.

Summit County
Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Pine Hollow Trailhead
Thanks to Ed Carroll for suggesting this hotspot in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Wayne County
Holmes County Trail–Fredericksburg
Thanks to Kadan Kitanic for suggesting and providing tips for birding this hotspot at the terminus of the Holmes County Trail in Wayne County.

Williams County
Springfield Park
Thanks to Mike Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Ashtabula County
Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Station Street Trailhead
The hotspot for the trailhead in community of Rock Creek has been adjusted from “Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Rock Creek” to “Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Station St. Trailhead” to prevent confusion with the new hotspot at Rome Rock Creek Road.

Cuyahoga County
Big Creek Reservation–Fern Hill Picnic Area
Big Creek Reservation–Snow Road Picnic Area
Thanks to Ken Andrews for providing tips for maps and tips for birding these hotspots.

Lake County
Indian Point Park
Thanks to the Ohio Ornithological Society “Chip Notes” newsletter for providing photos and tips for birding this park.

Lucas County
Sandhill Crane Wetlands
Adjusted the name of this hotspot from “Angola Rd. and Rabb Rd.” to “Sandhill Crane Wetlands.” The Nature Conservancy has acquired the agricultural land adjacent to Kitty Todd Preserve and is restoring the wetland. Please view birds from the roadside only until the property is open to the public.

Indian Point Park Lower Entrance
Photo by Jim Smallwood

What’s New–May 15, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3980 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Hotspots vs. Personal Locations

As we add hotspots to eBird in Ohio, you may have submitted checklists at a personal location where there is now a hotspot. While personal locations within the area of a hotspot are perfectly ok in eBird, hotspots have the advantage of amalgamating the data making it more accessible to other birders. For example, the birds you report at a personal location do not show up in the species totals or in bar charts for the hotspot.

We encourage eBirders to review your personal locations and, where appropriate, merge them into eBird hotspots. Check the link below for directions on how to do this:
How to merge a personal location with an eBird Hotspot

More information on eBird hotspots can be found in the help article, eBird Hotspot FAQs.

New eBird Hotspots

Coshocton County
Fairfield Cemetery
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot in West Lafayette.

Cuyahoga County
Mill Stream Run Reservation–Bridle Trail, West 130th Street to Edgerton Road
Thanks to Steve Borgis for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mill Stream Run Reservation.
Tinkers Creek Trail–South of Pettibone Road
Thanks to Cory “Chia” Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Delaware County
Delaware State Park–Lakeview Trail
Thanks to Ed Lux for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Knox County
Kokosing Gap Trail–Killduff Road
Thanks to Andi Browning for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Kokosing Gap Trail.

Marion County
Sawyer-Ludwig Park
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Medina County
Black River Nature Preserve–Hidden Hollow Camp (restricted access)
Access to Hidden Hollow Camp is restricted to rental groups for most of the year.

Sandusky County
Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area–Headquarters Check Station
Thanks to Tom Stayancho for suggesting this additional hotspot at Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area.

Summit County
Longwood Park
Thanks to Sean Artman for suggesting this hotspot in Macedonia.

Trumbull County
Western Reserve Greenway Trail–Wetland South of Dunkerton Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this hotspot on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.
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What’s New–May 8, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3970 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Adams County
Shawnee State Forest–Churn Creek Road
Shawnee State Forest–Lower Twin Creek Road
Added hotspots on roads in the Adams County section of Shawnee State Forest.

Cuyahoga County
Tuxedo Park
Thanks to Rich and Karen Kassouf for suggesting this hotspot in Brooklyn Heights.

Franklin County
Ferris Wright Park
Thanks to Peter Kleinhenz for suggesting this hotspot in Dublin and for providing tips for birding.

Greene County
Travertine Fen State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Peter Kleinhenz for suggesting this hotspot near Spring Valley and for providing tips for birding.

Medina County
Memorial Park, Medina
Roscoe Ewing Park
Sam Masi and Crestwood Parks
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots in the city of Medina.

Portage County
Plum Creek Park, Kent
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots in Kent.

Montgomery County
Pleasant Hill Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot in Centerville.

Ross County
Scioto Trail State Forest–Buckeye Trail, Stoney Creek Road
Scioto Trail State Forest–North Ridge Road
Scioto Trail State Forest–South Ridge Road

Added three hotspots in Scioto Trail State Forest

Wayne County
University of Akron, Wayne College
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for suggesting this hotspot in Orrville.

Updates

Medina County
Allardale Park
Lake Medina
River Styx Park
Added new maps recently developed by the Medina County Park District for these parks.

Plum Creek Park, Brunswick
Added “Brunswick” to the name of this hotspot to distinguish it from another Plum Creek Park in Portage County.

What’s New–May 1, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3956 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Athens County
Woodcock Nature Preserve
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot.

Fayette County
I-71 Jeffersonville Rest Area Northbound
Thanks to Nathaniel Sharp for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Wesley Chapel Cemetery
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot in Columbus.

Montgomery County
Holes Creek Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Summit County
Freedom Bike and Hike Trail–Middlebury Trailhead
Thanks to Kate Zeleznik for suggesting this hotspot.

Warren County
I-71 Lebanon Rest Areas
Thanks to Nathaniel Sharp for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Clark County
Gallagher Fen State Nature Preserve
Geauga County
Swine Creek Reservation
Highland County and Ross County
Paint Creek State Park
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for each of these hotspot pages.

Preble County
Hueston Woods SP–Sugar Camp Area and Fishing Pier
Thanks to Sue Parks for providing photos and tips for birding this hotspot.

Summit County
Freedom Bike and Hike Trail–Tallmadge Trailhead
Added the trailhead name to this hotspot as the Freedom Bike and Hike Trail has been further developed so a single hotspot is no longer adequate for the trail.

Photo by Tom Fishburn