What’s New–December 4, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County
Delaware Reservoir Dam and Spillway
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.
Hickory Woods Park
Thanks to Jennifer Kuehn for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Quarry Trails Metro Park
Thanks to Landon Roberts for suggesting this hotspot.
Quarry Trails Metro Park–Millkin Falls
Thanks to Matt Orebaugh for suggesting this hotspot.
Quarry Trails Metro Park–North Entrance
Thanks to James Mueller for suggesting this hotspot.
Saint Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot.

Hamilton County
Sharon Woods Park–Buckeye Falls and Visitor Center
Sharon Woods Park–Golf Course
Sharon Woods Park–Gorge Trail
Sharon Woods Park–Meadow Drive
Thanks to Gale Wulker for suggesting these hotspots at Sharon Woods Park.

Monroe County
Kiedaisch Point Park
Piatt Park
Thanks to Patrick Coy for suggesting these hotspots in Monroe County.

Muskingum County
Dillon State Park–Beach and Trails
Thanks to Matt Mason for suggesting this additional hotspot at Dillon State Park.

Perry County
Somerset Reservoir
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Union County
Columbus Upground Reservoir–Retention Ponds (Union County)
Thanks to Irina Shulgina for suggesting this hotspot adjacent to the Columbus Upground Reservoir.

Wayne County
William J. Robertson Nature Preserve
This new nature preserve in Rittman opened on October 29.

What’s New–November 20, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Clermont County
East Fork State Park–Harsha Lake Dam Boat Ramp, Retzler Road
Thanks to Sandra Keller for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Abby’s Farm
Thanks to Joby Houck for suggesting this hotspot.

Crawford County
Sandusky Headwaters Nature Preserve
Thanks to Brad Willis for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Hamilton County
Miami Whitewater Forest–Great Miami Bottoms and Dog Park
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Hamilton County
Triple Creek Park
Added a Google map street view of the Triple Creek Trail.

Highland County
Highlands Nature Sanctuary–Kamelands Trail
Added photos and tips for birding the Kamelands Trail from the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes. Thanks to Sara Preston for the photos and tips.

Medina County
Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
Added a new trail map.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Fox Nature Preserve
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge have announce that a new trail is now open and that the “Fox Unit” is now “Fox Nature Preserve” located across OH-2 from the Ottawa Visitor Center. (Page in process of being updated.)

Kamelands Trail
Photo by Sara Preston
Google Map street view of Triple Creek Trail

About Birding in Ohio Website

About Birding in Ohio Website

The Birding in Ohio website collects tips for birding from Ohio birders and descriptions and maps of eBird hotspots from eBird and other websites. In eBird, hotspots are shared locations where birders may report their bird sightings to eBird. Hotspots provide birders with information about birding locations where birds are being seen.

eBird is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Jointly sponsored by the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University and the National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution.

The website is sponsored by the Ohio Ornithological Society.

Ken Ostermiller, a volunteer hotspot reviewer for eBird, created and manages the website for the Ohio Ornithological Society.

Website editors are:
Kate Bedor, Central and Southeast regions
Fred Dinkelbach, Northwest and Southwest regions
Joe Wojnarowski, Northeast and East Central regions

What’s New–October 30, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4058 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Fountain Park
Photo by Peter Kleinhenz
Clark County
Crystal Lake, Medway
Thanks to Christina Pascarella for suggesting this hotspot.

Cuyahoga County
Cleveland Museum of Art Doan Brook Park
Thanks to Tom Flynn for suggesting this hotspot.

Delaware County
Hoover Reservoir–Areas E and F
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot.

Montgomery County
Wesleyan MetroPark
Thanks to James Runkle for suggesting this hotspot.

Miami County
Fountain Park
Thanks to Peter Kleinhenz for suggesting this hotspot.

 

Updates

Clinton County
Culberson Woods State Nature Preserve
We moved the marker for this hotspot near the parking area on OH-730 to make it easier for birders to find on a smartphone when they begin a walk at Cluberson Woods. Thanks to Peter Kleinhenz for noting that the old location of this hotspot was not leading birders to the correct location.

Hamilton County
Bender Mountain Nature Preserve
We have merged the Bender Mountain–Loop Trail hotspot into the hotspot for the nature preserve. All the trails at this nature preserve begin at a common trailhead. Thanks to Brian Wulker, the eBird checklist reviewer for Hamilton County, for suggesting that we need only one hotspot for all the trails at Bender Mountain.

Hocking County
Kessler Swamp State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos of Kessler Swamp.

Muskingum County
Dillon State Park
We have moved the marker of the general location for all of Dillon State Park away from the beach because we have established a new hotspot for the beach and adjacent trails. The general hotspot is now located near the park office. If you have a checklist at the general location that reports only birds observed at the beach, you may change the location to the new hotspot at the beach. It is acceptable to leave checklists at the general location.

Perry County
Tecumseh Lake
Thanks to Steven Thompson for providing photos of Tecumseh Lake.

Summit County
Crystal Lake, Akron
We have added the community name to this hotspot because there is a newly established hotspot at another Crystal Lake in Clark County.

What’s New–October 2, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4050 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County
Westlake Retention Basin
Thanks to Bill Ohlsen for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Tarpy Woods
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot.

Perry County
Tecumseh Lake
Thanks to Steve Thompson for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Mallard Pond (view from Maham Denman Road only)
While Mallard Pond lies within the refuge section of the wildlife area where entry is prohibited, the pond may be viewed from a pull-off on Maham Denman Road. We have added the restriction about birding from the roadside only to this hotspot name. Wildlife officers have asked that birders not enter the pond area as it is in the refuge. Thanks to Ethan Kistler for alerting us to this.

What’s New–September 4, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4047 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County
Harmody Park
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Hilliard Bradley High School Pond
Thanks to Jennifer Kalb for suggesting this hotspot.

Knox County
Bladensburg Community Center
Thanks to Kim Davidson for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Summit County
Cascade Valley Metro Park–Valley View Area
Changed the name of this from “Valley View Metro Park” as Summit Metro Parks is making this an area within the Cascade Valley Metro Park. Thanks to Adam Jackson for noting the change and providing a photo.
Photo by Adam Jackson

What’s New–August 28, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4044 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County
Sycamore Run Park
Thanks to Corinna Nixdorf-Honscheid for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding

Marion County
Big Island Wildlife Area–Seiter Road
New Vision Fire Station and Community Center
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting these hotspots and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Montgomery County
Oak Grove Park
Thanks to George Keller for suggesting this hotspot.

What’s New–August 21, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4040 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clermont County
East Fork State Park–Reisinger Road Boat Ramp
Thanks to Rudy Iles for suggesting this eBird hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Franklin County
Easton Nature Walk
Thanks to Gregory Allen for suggesting this eBird hotspot and for providing photos.

Marion County
Ohio State University Marion Campus–Larry R. Yoder Prairie Nature Center
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Portage County
Brady Lake
Thomas Heritage Park
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots.

Shelby County
Roadside Park
Thanks to Janalin Leach for suggesting this hotspot.

Stark County
Craig Pittman Memorial Park
Thanks to John Cefus for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Delaware County
Scioto River–Radnor Boat Ramp
Thanks to Rob Thorn for adding a photo of this location.
Radnor Boat Ramp
Photo by Rob Thorn

What’s New–August 7, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4033 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Focus on Ohio Shorebird Hotspots
During the fall and spring migrations and despite the fact that we have no “seashore” in Ohio, an amazing array of shorebirds visit the state. Lakeshores, mudflats, “skypools” in flooded agricultural fields, marshes, bogs, fens, swamps — there are many habitats in Ohio that migrating shorebirds use to rest and recharge on their journeys.

Check the latest “Focus on . . .” blog for tips for finding shorebirds in Ohio and a list of Ohio hotspots where shorebirds are likely to be found.

Thanks to Patty McKelvey for suggesting this “Focus on…” topic.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County Fairgrounds
Photo by Kim Nordquest

Ashland County
Weltmer Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Ashtabula County
Ashtabula County Fairgrounds
Thanks to Kim Norquest for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos.

Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga Community College–Eastern Campus
Thanks to Dan Hazard for suggesting this hotspot.

Delaware County
Scioto River–Radnor Boat Ramp
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot.

Mahoning County
Boardman Park
Thanks to Patrick Lewis for suggesting this hotspot in Boardman and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Sandusky County
Billman Road, York Township Road 219
Bonham Road, York Township Road 205
Riddle Road, York Township Road 292

Seneca County
Roy Myers Road, Thompson Township Road 80

Added the township road numbers to the names of these hotspots.

Lorain County
Lakeview Park
Lorain Harbor–Fishing Pier
Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Menards Retention Pond
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for adding tips for finding shorebirds at these hotspots.

Montgomery County
Collier Preserve, Canfield
Mill Creek MetroParks has changed the name of this location from Mill Creek Preserve Wetlands to Collier Preserve. The eBird hotspot name adds Canfield to distinguish this from the Collier State Nature Preserve in Seneca County.

Riddle Road, York Township Road 292
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Focus on Ohio Shorebird Hotspots

During the fall and spring migrations and despite the fact that we have no “seashore” in Ohio, an amazing array of shorebirds visit the state. Lakeshores, mudflats, “skypools” in flooded agricultural fields, marshes, bogs, fens, swamps — there are many habitats in Ohio that migrating shorebirds use to rest and recharge on their journeys.

Tips

Timing of Fall Shorebird Migration
An article from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Muddy Future: Central Ohio Shore-birding
An article by Rob Thorn from Columbus Audubon website.

Tips for Tricky Bird IDs: Shorebird Edition!
An article from Madison Audubon in Wisconsin.

How to be Sure about Shorebirds
An article from Australian Birdlife with tips that work worldwide.

Where to Find Shorebirds in Ohio