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What’s New–Current

There are 3482 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

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New eBird Hotspots

Auglaize County

US-33 Auglaize Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Auglaize Rest Area Westbound

Thanks to Sue Riffe for suggesting we add these rest areas as eBird hotspots.

Butler County

Oxford Airport
Thanks to Jay Shepphard for suggesting this hotspot and to Allan Claybon for providing information about birding there.

Wayne County

Vultures Knob Mountain Bike Trail
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

East Fork State Park
Prairie Trail
Photo by Ric Payne
Clermont County

East Fork State Park–Prairie Trail
Thanks to Ric Payne for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Lorain County

OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Eastbound
OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Westbound

Added “Lorain” and changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the names of these hotspots.

Medina County

Chippewa Lake–Krabill Shelter
Added a map showing the trail to and along Chippewa Lake.

Ottawa County

OH-2 La Carpe Creek Rest Area
Added “OH-2” and changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the name of this hotspot.

Pike County

OH-32 Pike Rest Area
Added “Pike” to the name of this rest area on OH-32 to distinguish it from other rest areas on OH-32.

Portage County

I-76 Portage Rest Area Eastbound
I-76 Portage Rest Area Westbound

Changed “Rest Stop” to “Rest Area” in the names of these hotspots.

Union County

US-33 Union Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Union Rest Area Westbound

Added “Union” to the names of these rest areas to distinguish them from other rest areas on US-33.

What’s New–October 12, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Muskingum University Friendship Trail
Map by William Kerrigan
Clermont County

East Fork State Park–Prairie Trail
Thanks to Ric Payne for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County

Topiary Garden Park

Holmes County

stakeout Western Kingbird, Millersburg (2019)
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for suggesting that we set up a stakeout hotspot at this location. If you have submitted a checklist please change your location to the stakeout hotspot.

Mahoning County

Sebring Woods
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding at this location.

Muskingum County

McGraw Edison Recreation Area
Muskingum University Friendship Trail
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting these hotspots and for supplying photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Indianfield Bluffs Park
Photo by Rob Thorn
Knox County

Indianfield Bluffs Park
Thanks to Rob Thorn for providing photos and tips for birding this hotspot on the Kokosing River.

Mahoning County

Sebring Woods
Thanks to Chris Lamb for providing photos and tips for birding this hotspot.

Ottawa County

stakeout Limpkin, Magee Marsh–Entrance Road (2019)
Added “Entrance Road” to the name of this stakeout hotspot. When the Limpkin is no longer being reported at this location, this hotspot will become a regular hotspot at Magee Marsh. The name of the hotspot will be Magee Marsh–Entrance Road.

Summit County

Fort Island
Thanks to Michelle Pesho for providing photos and tips for birding this hotspot.

Fort Island
Photo by Michelle Pesho

What’s New–September 28, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation–Morgans Hollow Picnic Area
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation.

Knox County

Indianfield Bluffs Park
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot on the Kokosing River.

Summit County

Fort Island
Thanks to Michelle Pesho for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Cuyahoga County

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation–Canalway Center
Adjusted the name to identify this as a location within the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation.

What’s New–September 21, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Hemlock Creek Trail
Thanks to Ken Andrews for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and a description.

Greene County

Morris Bean Prairie
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot.
Rockafield Cemetery
Thanks to Piper Jones for suggesting this hotspot.

Marion Tallgrass Trail
Photo by Ron Sempier

Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail–Marseilles Road to Hardin County Line
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot which adds the last leg of the Marion Tallgrass Trail.

Updates

Trumbull County

Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Hoagland-Blackstub Road
We have removed the word “Flats” from the name of this hotspot. There are sometimes mudflats visible, but the hotspot may be used for checklists at anytime of year.
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Mahan-Denman Boat Launch
We adjusted the road name to “Mahan-Denman” — we had inadvertently reversed the two names.
Mosquito Lake–North End
This hotspot has been renamed and the marker has been moved out of the area of restricted access in the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area. Boaters may not enter the area north of Mahan-Denman Road. The hotspot may be used to submit checklists of birds seen on the north end of the lake in the wildlife area or the state park.

What’s New–September 14, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Ottawa County

Battlefield Park
The Ohio Historical Marker is close to Johnson’s Island, not far from the Marblehead Lighthouse. You’ll find a small park on the south side of County Road 135 with half a dozen or so parking spaces.

South Bass Island–Oak Point State Park
Oak Point State Park is one of two state parks on South Bass Island.

Updates

Cuyahoga County

Dunham Park
The city of Maple Heights has recently made an arrangement to transfer the management of Dunham Park to the Cleveland Metroparks. Dunham Park will eventually become a unit of the Bedford Reservation.

Ottawa County

South Bass Island–Dodge Woods Preserve
South Bass Island–Jane Coates Wildflower Trail
South Bass Island–Massie Cliffside Preserve

Added “South Bass Island–” to the names of these hotspots which are on the island. All the hotspots on South Bass Island are now identified in the name of the hotspot.

What’s New–September 7, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Lorain County

Oberlin College
Thanks to Jory Teltser for suggesting that we add a general location for Oberlin College. We have several sub-locations on the campus but did not have an overall hotspot.

Marion County

Big Island Wildlife Area–New Bloomington North of OH-95
Thanks to Steve Jones for suggesting this additional hotspot at Big Island Wildlife Area.

Updates

Lorain County

Lorain Harbor
Lorain Harbor–Boat Ramp Hotwaters
Lorain Harbor–Fishing Pier
Black River Landing

Thanks to Ken Andrews for providing a description of the “Hot Waters” sites and maps for these locations.

Summit County

Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for providing photos and updated tips for birding at this location.

What’s New–August 31, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Knox County

stakeout Swallow-tailed Kite, Caves Rd., Howard (2019)
We have added a stakeout hotspot for the Swallow-tailed Kite being seen in Knox County. If you have submitted a checklist at or near this location, please change the location of your checklist to the stakeout hotspot.

Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Everett Road Covered Bridge Trails
Thanks to Ken Andrews for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and for providing tips for birding this location.

Updates

Knox County

Honey Run Highlands Park
Added photos and a map of the trails at this park.

Lake County

Lakefront Lodge
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Lucas County

Howard Marsh Metropark
Added photos.

Scioto County

Shawnee State Park–Marina
The golf course at Shawnee State Park has been closed. The property is to remain in the state park but no longer maintained as a golf course. We have changed the name of this hotspot accordingly.

Wyandot County

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Drained Reservoir
The Killdeer Reservoir has been drained and decommissioned. The dike that impounded the water had become unsafe and has been breached to drain the reservoir. The hotspot has been renamed accordingly.

Updates to Top Birding Locations

Updated the Top 35 Ohio Birding Locations on the Ohio home page.
(There is also a link which takes you to the list of the Top 100 Individual Hotspots in Ohio from the eBird website.)

Also updated the Top Birding Locations in each Ohio County. On each county page check the right column for a list of up to 10 hotspots with more than 100 bird species reported.

What’s New–August 24, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Iron Horse Trail
Photo by Jireh Mukawa
Montgomery County

Iron Horse Trail (Montgomery County)
Thanks to Jireh Mukawa for suggesting this as an eBird hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding at this location.

Updates

Ottawa County

We have learned that Celotex Marsh on Plasterboard Road is no longer available as a birding location and it has been removed as an eBird hotspot. The owners of the marsh are enforcing a no trespassing policy and have asked birders not to visit the site.

Is data lost when a hotspot is removed?

You may be wondering if data is lost when we remove a hotspot from eBird. The answer is definitely, “No.” The eBird website allows a hotspot editor to revert a hotspot to a personal location. We have done this very few times in Ohio, but it is good to have this option when it is necessary. The hotspot location then becomes a personal location in the accounts of the birders who have checklists submitted there. These birders “share” the location and it is “owned” by the birder with the oldest checklists.

Stark County

Iron Horse Trail (Stark County)
Iron Horse Trail (Stark County)–Cenfield Street

We have added a county designation to these hotspots to distinguish them from the Iron Horse Trail in Montgomery County.

What’s New–August 17, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Echo Dell Bridge
Photo by Patrick Lewis
Columbiana County

Beaver Creek State Park–Echo Dell Bridge
Thanks to Patrick Lewis for suggesting this additional hotspot at Beaver Creek State Park and for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Fayette County

New Holland Park
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County

Camp Chase Trail–Gardner Road
Flint Park

Greene County

Hebble Creek Reserve
Mill Bridge Launch Park
Pearls Fen
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting these hotspots.

Lake County

Lakefront Lodge
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot.

Licking County

T. J. Evans Bike Path
Wildwood Park, Granville
Photo by Rob Thorn

T. J. Evans Bike Path–Alexandria to Granville
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Granville
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Harndens Mill Preserve to Cherry Valley Road
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Johnstown to Alexandria
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Newark

Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting these hotspots on the T. J. Evans Bike Path, providing tips for birding, and photos.

Muskingum County

National Road and Zane Grey Museum
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Granville Schools Land Lab
Map by Brad Imhoff
Licking County

Granville Schools Land Lab
Thanks to Brad Imhoff for tips for birding this location along with a helpful map.

Lucas County

University of Toledo Campus
Thanks to Nate Koszycki for providing a description and tips for birding on the campus.

Muskingum County

New Concord Village Reservoir
Thanks to William Kerrigan for adding photos and tips for birding this location.

What’s New–August 10, 2019

New stakeout hotspot

Ottawa County

stakeout Limpkin, Magee Marsh–Entrance Road (2019)
If you saw the Limpkin as this location, please change the location of your checklist to this stakeout hotspot.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Olentangy Trail–Ackerman Bridge

Lake County

Springbrook Gardens Park
Four birders suggested that this new Mentor City Park be an eBird hotspot.

Lucas County

University of Toledo Campus
Thanks to Nate Koszycki for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County

New Concord Village Reservoir
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot.

Trumbull County

Niles Greenway–Wetlands Area
Thanks to Larry Dutton for suggesting this hotspot.

Washington County

Marietta College
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot.

Warren County

Caesar Creek State Park–Cedar Point Trails
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this additional hotspot at Caesar Creek State Park.

Updates

Fairfield County

Coyote Run Farm
Coyote Run is an 800-acre farm located in Violet Township and Pickerington, Ohio. We want to meet all our visitors on your first visit. There is a new email address for making arrangements to visit. Please contact Tammy Miller, Coyote Run Farm’s Conservation Manager at 614-557-6883 or walkinnature@protonmail.com to make arrangements.

Wayne County

Pine Tree Barn Lake
Thanks to Su Snyder for providing photos of this hotspot.