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.
Looking for birding sites with handicap accessible facilities? There are many pages about hotspots where handicap accessible facilities are identified. This information is in the right column just above the Google map of the location as circled in the example to the right.
There are many locations, especially in rural counties, in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle. Rural roads through agricultural lands, state forests and wildlife areas, “skypools” that form after a rain, airport runways near public roads, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.
You can help by providing missing information about birding sites with handicap accessible facilities or any roadside birding locations which are missing. . Please use the Contact Form to send information and I will add it to the site.
Birders who have checklists at the general hotspot can leave them as they are. It is acceptable, if you can identify single checklists which are limited to one of the new hotspots, to move the checklist to the appropriate location. Checklists that include birds seen from several locations within the nature preserve should remain in the general hotspot.
Chippewa Lake–Krabill Lodge
At Chippewa Lake, the Medina Park District has changed the name of “Krabill Shelter” to “Krabill Lodge.” The name of the eBird hotspot and associated pages in this website have been adjusted to match.
Deer Creek Wildlife Area–Dick Road Wetland
Thanks to Randall Searles for providing additional information and tips for birding this wetland in Pickaway County. The parking for this wetland is on Dick Road and the name of the wetland is changed to reflect this. Previously hotspot was named “Deer Creek SP–Egypt Pike Wetland.” The wetlands south of Dick Road are all within the Wildlife Area, not in the State Park, and the name was adjusted accordingly.
Hoover Reservoir–Area D
Thanks to Carl Winstead for suggesting that we adjust the name of this hotspot in Delaware County to match the area designation used at the sign on this fishing access. This was previously named Hoover Reservoir–Fishing Access North of Co. Line Rd. The name was ambiguous because there are several fishing access points north of the this road and the name of the road changes to Smothers Road as It crosses the reservoir.
Also added updated maps and links to all the Hoover Reservoir hotspot pages in Delaware and Franklin counties. The maps now show the labels for the lettered areas around the reservoir.
Plaza at Chapel Hill Shopping Center
Thanks to Donna Kuhn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding there. Susan Carpenter, who first discovered Fish Crows at this location has also offered tips. Birders who have submitted a checklist of birds seen at this shopping center may want to change the location to this new hotspot.
Your eBird hotspot reviewer has added 8 new hotspots in the Brush Creek State Forest and I ask for help from birders in evaluating these new hotspots. The Brush Creek State Forest in Adams and Scioto counties is large and does not have much data in eBird. I hope that adding hotspots on roads and trails in the state forest will encourage birders to visit and submit checklists. If you visit this area, please help by using the new hotspots. Let me know if any of them do not seem appropriate or need to be adjusted.
Tip — What happened to the BirdTrax display of rare bird sightings?
If you were a fan of the BirdTrax display of notable bird sightings, you may be wondering what happened to it. eBird updated the application program interface (API) which meant the code for BirdTrax no longer works. The developer of BirdTrax did not have the time to continue development and support of the gadget. Instead, check these links.
Ohio Notable Bird Sightings
Thanks to Ken Andrews, an Ohio birder, who wrote the code for this display which you can view at the bottom of the home page of the Ohio eBird Hotspot website. There are two additional tabs on this display you may want to explore: Recent Sightings by County and Recent Checklists by County.
WhereDaBirds is a similar display written by Ed Norton, a Massachusetts birder. I am unable to display WhereDaBirds within the website, so the link opens in a new tab or window. Some birders may prefer this display because it provides links to individual checklists which birders have submitted.
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for the hotspots listed below.
Magee Marsh–Entrance Road
The stakeout hotspot for the Limpkin has been promoted to a regular hotspot at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. This hotspot stretches along the entrance road from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory to the Magee Marsh Bird Center. Please use caution when driving this section of the road, as birders often walk along the road here or stop to observe birds from their vehicle. Please do not park along the entrance road. If you wish to walk the road, it is safest to park in the Black Swamp Bird Observatory parking lot and walk from there. A Limpkin was observed in 2019 at a pond along this section of the entrance road.