What’s New–Current

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3978 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

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.

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Updates

What’s New–May 8, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3970 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

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

What’s New–April 24, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3950 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center
Hocking County
Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center
Thanks to Krista Reutzel for suggesting this hotspot. Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center is a privately owned 21-acre garden open to the public. There is a $5 admission fee.

Montgomery County
Black Oak East Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Williams County
Ohio Turnpike–Indian Meadow Service Plaza Westbound
Thanks to Larry Chen for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Butler County
Elk Creek MetroPark–Sebald Park Area
Thanks to Sue Parks for providing photos and tips for birding.

Seneca County
Proving Ground Farm
Changed the name of this hotspot from “Miller Conservation Farm.” The Seneca Conservation District which owns the farm has changed the name.

What’s New–April 17, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3947 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Crawford County
Hamilton Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Delaware County
Highbanks Metro Park–Dripping Rock Trail
Thanks to Carrie Rasik for suggesting this additional hotspot at Highbanks Metro Park.

Knox County
Kenyon College Campus
Thanks to Isoo O’Brien for suggesting this additional hotspot at Kenyon College.

Lawrence County
Burlington Commons
Thanks to Jared Oakes for suggesting this hotspot. Burlington Commons is a park located just east of the southernmost point of Ohio. The state line is on the Ohio side of the river and birds seen on the river are located in West Virginia.

Lucas County
Otter Creek Restoration Project
Thanks to Paul Jacyk for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and information about the project.

Portage County
Al Lease Park
Beverly Bird Sanctuary
Portage Hike and Bike Trail–Crain Avenue Bridge
Portage Hike and Bike Trail–Judson Road Trailhead
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots.

Preble County
Hueston Woods State Park–Sugar Camp Area and Fishing Pier
Thanks to Sue Parks for suggesting this additional hotspot at Hueston Woods State Park.

Stark County
Cooks Lagoon Park
Thanks to Laura Dornan for suggesting this hotspot.

Summit County
Chestnut Ridge Park, Akron
Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Pine Lane Trailhead
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots.

Washington County
Wayne National Forest–Hune Covered Bridge Campground and Trail
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot and providing tips for birding.

Williams County
Miller Park, Edgerton
Thanks to Derrick Otto for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Butler County
Black Covered Bridge
Thanks to Michael Minium for providing photos and additional information about this hotspot.

Highland County
Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve
Scioto County
Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos.

Holmes County
Dunker Road
Thanks to Javin Blake for providing photos.

Franklin County
Ohio State University-Livestock Facilities (closed)
Please observe the “No Trespassing” signs at this facility which is now closed to birders.

Golden Star Lily
Photo by Tom Fishburn

What’s New–April 10, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3932 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Butler County
Black Covered Bridge
Thanks to Michael Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Clinton County
Hale Woods and Preserve
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Erie County
Milan Towpath MetroPark
Thanks to Ed Lux for suggesting this hotspot.

Fairfield County
Oakthorpe Lake
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Geauga County
Weltons Gorge Preserve
Thanks to Mark Shaver for suggesting this hotspot.

Lake County
North Chagrin Reservation–Squires Castle
Thanks to Dino Jajcanin for suggesting this additional hotspot in the North Chagrin Reservation.

Lucas County
Magee Marsh–Goosehaven Trail (seasonal)
The Goosehaven Trail is a new seasonal trail at Magee Marsh which may be accessed from the Estuary Trail toward the beach at the west end of the Boardwalk.

Mahoning County
Mill Creek Park–Daffodil Meadow
Thanks to Larissa Brodley for suggesting this hotspot.

Montgomery County
Donnybrook Park
Indian Riffle Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting these hotspots.

Updates

Champaign County
Concord Community Park
This location is a community park and we adjusted the name which was formerly “Graham Soccer Fields.” The Concord Community Park is adjacent to the Concord Community Center and the Graham Soccer Fields.

Lucas County
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Added a new trail map with recently added trails.
Magee Marsh–Lakefront Levee Trail (seasonal)
Changed the name of this hotspot replacing “dike” with “levee” and adding “trail” to match the name used on the new Magee Marsh Wildlife Area trail map. We also added a (seasonal) modifer to indicate that this trail is only open a specified times.

What’s New–April 3, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3921 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County
Moorefield Family Park
Moorefield Family Park is located on Moorefield Road north of Springfield.

Coshocton County
Coshocton County Road 368
Coshocton County Road 368 is in the Mohican River Valley. The road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Kent Miller for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Case Road Prairie Trail
Thanks to Mael Glon for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding at a new Columbus park at the site of the former Ohio State University “sheep farm.”

Greene County
Stafford Park
Thanks to Cindy Steeley for suggesting this hotspot in Beavercreek.

Miami County
Canal Lock Park
Canal Lock Park is located just east of downtown Tipp City.
Freeman Prairie Reserve
Freemans Prairie Reserve is adjacent to Canal Locks Park on the south side of the Great Miami River in Tipp City.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Upper Toussaint Unit
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Woodies Roost Trail

Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting these additional hotspots at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Portage County
West Branch State Park–West Boat Ramp
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this additional hotspot in West Branch State Park.

Washington County
Beiser Field Station
Thanks to Jason White for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding. The Field Station is associated with Marietta College.

Updates

Greene County
Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve
Oakes Quarry Park
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos.

What’s New–March 27, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3911 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Butler County
Elk Creek Metropark–Sebald Park Area
Thanks to Sue Parks for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Elk Creek Metopark.

Champaign County
Goshen Memorial Park
Thanks to Stefan Minnig for suggesting this hotspot in Mechanicsburg.

Cuayhoga County
Walter Stinson Park
Thanks to Edwin Price for suggesting this hotspot in University Heights.

Hamilton County
Mitchell Memorial Forest–Mountain Bike Trailhead
Thanks to Dan King for suggesting this hotspot within Mitchell Memorial Forest.

Montgomery County
Miami View Park
Thanks to Ryan Shell for suggesting this hotspot in Dayton.

Trumbull County
Belmont Park Cemetery
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Butler County
Elk Creek Metropark–Meadow Ridge Area
Adjusted the name by adding “Meadow Ridge Area.” This metropark has two areas, Meadow Ridge on the east and Sebald Park on the west. Each has its own entrance and trails. There is no trail connecting the two sections. Thus there is no general hotspot for the whole park.

What’s New–March 20, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3905 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Greene County
Bath Township Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Hamilton County
Winton Woods–Boathouse
Winton Woods–Campground
Winton Woods–Elm Ridge Overlook
Winton Woods–Fitness Trail
Winton Woods–Golf Course
Winton Woods–Great Oaks Trail
Winton Woods–Harper Meadows
Winton Woods–Kingfisher Trail
Winton Woods–Locust Dell and Spring Beauty Dell
Winton Woods–Meadow Links and Golf Academy
Winton Woods–Orchard Area and Cherry Hill
Winton Woods–Southshore Drive
Winton Woods–West Park Road
Winton Woods–West Branch Trail

Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting these additional hotspots at Winton Woods. Whenever possible, please use one of the new hotspots rather than the general hotspot for all of the park.

Hardin County
Andreoff Wildlife Area–Hardin County Road 205
This is an additional hotpost at the Andreoff Wildlife Area, formerly known as the “Hardin County Wetlands,” recently acquired as a new Ohio state wildlife area.

Holmes County
Dunker Road
Thanks to Javin Blake for suggesting this hotspot and providing a description.

Medina County
Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina
Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina has recently been recognized as an arboretum.

Stark County
Sandy Valley Trail–Maple Street Trailhead
Thanks to Jaclyn Hupp for suggesting this hotspot on a new trail in Waynesburg and for providing photos and information about the trail.

Updates

Athens County
Dairy Barn Ora Anderson Trail
Added tips for birding from Melissa Wales, Ohio Ornithological Society Southeast Regional Director.

Clermont County
Valley View Preserve
Added photos and tips for birding from the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes newsletter.

Greene County and Warren County
Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Added tips for birding from Tyler Ficker, Ohio Ornithological Society Southwest Regional Director.

Hamilton County
Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati
Added “Cincinnati” to the hotspot name to distinguish this from a cemetery with the same name in Medina County.

Hancock County
Blue Rock Nature Preserve
Added tips for birding from Amy Downing, Ohio Ornithological Society, Northwest Regional Director.

Summit County
Akron Fulton Airport–Akron Skate Park
Thanks to Susan Carpenter and other birders for encouraging us to add the airport name to this hotspot. The Skate Park and other locations along Derby Downs Drive provide views of the runways at the airport. This clarifies that this hotspot may be used to report birds seen on the airport.

What’s New–March 13, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3885 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Ohio State University–Fred Beekman Park
Thanks to Andrew Birkhold for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio State University Main Campus.

Summit County
Cascade Locks Park
Thanks to Josh Hargrave for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail in Akron.

Updates

Franklin County
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park–Darby Plains Wet Prairie Restoration
We changed the name of this hotspot from “Battelle Darby Creek Metro-Park–Wet Prairie Teal and Harrier Trails” to match the name used by the park for the wet prairie restoration. The hotspot may be used to report checklists on the Teal and Harrier trails and those at other off-trail ponds in the restoration. If you have a personal location at one of the off-trail ponds, please merge your location into this renamed hotspot.

Medina County
Killbuck Lakes Park–West
Added a new map of Killbuck Lakes trails recently published by the Medina County Parks District.