What’s New–May 14, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Photo by Sarah Taylor
Cuyahoga County
Forest Ridge Village Park
Forest Ridge Village Park, managed by the Village of Moreland Hills, is located adjacent to the Forest Ridge Preserve of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and on the opposite side of Chagrin River Road from the Polo Field South Picnic Shelter.

Knox County
Zuck Riparian Preserve
Thanks to Benjamin Miller for suggesting this hotspot.

Lorain County
Cassell Reservation
Thanks to Sarah Taylor for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Preble County
Hueston Woods SP–Pine Grove
Thanks to Levi Metzger for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Richland County
Malabar Farm State Park–Junglebrook Trail
Thanks to Lou Ann Shellenberger for suggesting this hotspot.

Stark County
Uniontown Community Park
Thanks to Brian Tinker for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Medina County
Black River Nature Preserve–Hidden Hollow Camp
The Hidden Hollow Camp section of the Black River Nature Preserve is now open to the public Monday through Thursday and on weekends when the site is not reserved. We have updated the description and removed (restricted access) from this hotspot name. You can check the Medina County Parks webpage about Hidden Hollow to learn if the site is reserved on a particular weekend.

Darke County
Prairie Ridge Meadow
Added information from Darke County Parks about this park including a trail map.

What’s New–April 23, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

 
Delaware County
Dublin Rd. Quarries (view from roadside only)
Thanks to Jennifer Kalb for suggesting this hotspot.

Hamilton County
Werk Road Property
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this hotspot.

Licking County
Dillon Wildlife Area–Toboso Rd. Wetlands
Thanks to Matt Mason for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County
Dillon Falls
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Lorain County
Veterans Memorial Park and Eagle Point
Thanks to Patty McKelvey and Steph Pogachar for suggesting that we add information about Eagle Point, the new park section adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park in Avon. Since the two sections blend into one another, we have added “Eagle Point” to the hotspot name.

What’s New–April 16, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Where to See Birds at Shawnee State Park and Shawnee State Forest
If you are bound for Shawnee State Park for the OOS Warblers and Wildflowers Weekend 2022 (April 29-May 1), you might want to bookmark several pages of information in the Birding in Ohio website that help you know where to go to see birds in the state park and the state forest.

Shawnee State Forest OOS Birding Drive
Follow the directions to traverse the length of Pond Lick Road and then continue on Forest Road 2. “On a good spring morning, this route will take 5-6 hours to complete and will provide great looks at a nice variety of birds.”

Shawnee State Forest Panoram Birding Drive
The Panoram Loop is a signed driving loop in Shawnee State Forest with the beginning and end on OH-125.

In addition, the pages for the state park and the state forest have information about all the eBird hotspots in the area and suggestions of hikes where you can see the spring migration in action.
Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Forest

Have a great weekend!

New eBird Hotspots

Wild Turkey Habitat Bird Blind

Photo by Jon Costanzo

Montgomery County
Boonshoft Museum
Thanks to Joshua Fries for suggesting this hotspot.

Preble County
Hueston Woods State Park–Wild Turkey Habitat Area and Bird Blind
Thanks to Jon Costanzo for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Station Road
Thanks to Fred Dinkelbach for alerting us that the railroad tracks on the Cuyahoga County side of Station Road have been closed to entry by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The name of the hotspot has been adjusted to Cuyahoga Valley NP–Station Rd. Parking Area (train tracks closed to entry). There is a $750 fine for entering the train tracks. This hotspot may continue to be used to report birds seen near the parking lot, the railroad station, and the bridge on the Cuyahoga County side of the river. Once you cross the bridge, the east side of the Cuyahoga River is in Summit County. Birders should start a new checklist when crossing the bridge and use the hotspot Cuyahoga Valley NP–Station Rd. Towpath Trail (Summit Co.) for birds seen in Summit County. Please see the National Park Service news article for information about this change.

Lawrence County
Old Lock 27 Fishing Access
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for sending a photo to add to this page. We have also adjusted the coordinates fo this hotspot to the parking area, moving them away from private property.

Meigs County
Wilson Wetlands Wildlife Area
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for providing photos.

Washington County
Wayne National Forest–Archers Fork Trail
Thanks to Michael Schramm for providing photos and tips for birding.

What’s New–April 9, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Lebanon Countryside Trail

Fairfield County
Villages at Sycamore Creek Pond
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Big Walnut Trail–McKenna Creek Restoration Project
Thanks to Andy Brown for suggesting this hotspot.
Hoover Reservoir–Area C
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot.

Licking County
Sugarloaf Park
Thanks to Brad Imhoff for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Warren County
Lebanon Countryside Trail–Natalie Lane
Thanks to Forrest Corcoran for suggesting this hotspot.

Washington County
Wayne National Forest–Archers Fork Trail, Archers Fork Trailhead
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Butler County
Salamander Run Preserve (restricted access)
We have added (restricted access) to the name of this hotspot.
Salamander Run Preserve is owned and managed by MetroParks of Butler County. The preserve is not yet open to the general public. Access is limited to scheduled program activities. Registration is required.

Forest Run MetroPark–Wildlife Preserve Area
Thanks to Sue Parks for adding photos of this preserve area.

Photo by Sue Parks

What’s New–April 2, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Clermont County
Community Park Miami Township
Thanks to Daniel King for suggesting this hotspot.
East Fork State Park–Tailwater Shelter
Thanks to Katie McGee for suggesting this additional hotspot at East Fork State Park

Muskingum County
Putnam Landing Park
Thanks to Britni Ross for suggesting this hotspot.

Ottawa County
Erie-Ottawa International Airport
Thanks to Kenn Kauffman for suggesting this hotspot.

Perry County
Wayne National Forest–Wildcat Hollow Trail, CR-50 to CR-70
Wayne National Forest–Wildcat Hollow Trail, TR-300 to Town Hwy. 455
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting these hotspots.

Richland County
Lexington Cemetery
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Seneca County
Fruth Wetland Nature Preserve
Thanks to Sam Kaiser for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Butler County
Chrisholm MetroPark
Changed the name from “Woodsdale Regional Park.” The Chrisholm MetroPark has two sections adjacent to one another, The Chrisholm Historic Farmstead and Woodsdale Region Park. Thanks to Butler MetroParks for suggesting that we adjust the name so that this hotspot can be used for checklists in both sections of the park.
Forest Run MetroPark–Wildlife Preserve Area
Thanks to Sue Parks for providing photos.

Clinton County
Caesar Creek State Park–Ward Road Area and Mountain Bike Trailhead
The trailhead for the Mountain Bike Trail is at the Ward Road parking area. We added it to the name of this hotspot to clarify that the hotspot may be used for checklists of birds seen in the Ward Road area or for traveling counts on the Mountain Bike Trail which start at this location.

What’s New–March 19, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Butler County
Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark
Thanks to Anthony Stoffolano for suggesting this hotspot.
Miami University–Middletown Campus
Thanks to Michael Minium for suggesting this hotspot.
Four Mile Creek MetroPark–Antenen Nature Preserve Area
Four Mile Creek MetroPark–Mill Race Preserve Area
Four Mile Creek MetroPark–Sycamore Bluffs Boat Ramp
Thanks to MetroParks Butler County for suggesting these hotspots in the newly opened MetroPark along Four Mile Creek. Since the sections of the MetroPark are spread out along the creek, we do not have an overall hotspot for the whole MetroPark. We do have a page that collects information about all the areas in the MetroPark: Four Mile Creek MetroPark

Fairfield County
Mambourg Park
Thanks to Vinny Strosnider for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Pickerington Ponds–Burning Lake Area
South Hamilton Road
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting these two hotspots.

Vinton County
Lake Hope SP–White Oak Trail
Thanks to David De Armey for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Cuyahoga County
Rocky River Reservation–Lewis Road Riding Ring
To make this hotspot easier to find while birding, we have moved the coordinates near to the parking lot for the Lewis Road Riding Ring.

Wayne County
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area–Headquarters (restricted access)
Recently the Headquarters Area of Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area has been closed to visitors. We have added (restricted access) to the hotspot name.

What’s New–February 12, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

River Front Park, Cuyahoga Falls

Ashtabula County
Keefus Road
Thanks to Charles Darmstadt for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Athens County
Columbus Road Wetlands
Thanks to Karen Mammone, working with birders in Athens County, for suggesting this hotspot.

Carroll County
Malvern Village Park
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this hotspot.

Clermont County
Locust Corner Park and Trails
Thanks to Dylan Buell for suggesting this hotspot.

Cuyahoga County
Rocky River Reservation–Nature Center Feeders
Thanks to David Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Medina County
Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi
Thanks to Ken Ostermiller for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos.

Portage County
Edinburg Cemetery
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Summit County
River Front Park
Thanks to Adam Jackson for suggesting this hotspot.

What’s New–January 29, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Hamilton County
Kuliga Park
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this hotspot.

Miami County
River’s Edge Wildlife Preserve
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for suggesting this hotspot.

Warren County
Landen Farm Lake
Thanks to Brady FitzGerald for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Athens County
Woodcock Nature Preserve
At the request of the management we have removed (restricted access) from the name of this hotspot. The preserve is now open to visits to birders without a reservation. The preserve may be closed during deer hunting season. To respect privacy, please avoid getting close to the two houses, occupied by renters, in the northern and central parts of the preserve.

Cuyahoga County
Cleveland Hopkins Airport–The Aviator Restaurant Parking Lot
Changed the name of the restaurant from “100th Bomb Group” to “The Aviator.” This parking lot provides the only safe place to view birds on the runway of Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Erie County
Resthaven Wildlife Area–Castalia Prairie
We have renamed this hotspot to be Castalia Prairie instead of Carson Pass Road. The prairie, on Carson Pass Road which is also the Sandusky-Erie county line, is in Erie County.

Stark County
Middle Branch Trail–Easton Street to Market Street Tunnel
Thanks to Brady Higginbotham for providing a description of this trail and tips for birding.

Woodcock Nature Preserve map

What’s New–January 8, 2022

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Verizon Pond

Map from OpenStreetMap (© OpenStreetMap contributors)

Butler County
Indian Creek MetroPark–Pioneer Church
Thanks to Michael Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Miami University–Bachelor Preserve East Loop
Thanks to Sue Parks for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.
Miami University–Western Woods and Beck Preserve
Thanks to Michael Minium for suggesting this hotspot.

Clark County
New Reid Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Delaware County
Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware
Thanks to Sean Williams for suggesting this hotspot.

Hamilton County
Blue Ash YMCA Woods
Thanks to Brian Wulker for suggesting this hotspot.

Hamilton County and Warren County
Verizon Pond–North End (Warren Co.)
Verizon Pond–South End (Hamilton Co.)
Verizon Pond is located at the intersection of Union Cemetery Road and Fields Ertel Road. The south end of the pond is in Hamilton County. The north end of the pond is in Warren County. Birders who carefully keep records by the county of where birds are observed may organize their bird lists accordingly at this pond. The county line passes through the gazebo on the pond edge in the parking lot of the car dealership on the east side of the pond.

Seneca County
Paul M. Gillmor Community Park
Thanks to David De Armey for suggesting this hotspot.

Stark County
Middle Branch Trail–Easton St. to Market St. Tunnel
Thanks to Brady Higgs for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Butler County
Elk Creek Metropark–Meadow Ridge Area
Thanks to Sue Parks for providing photos and tips for birding this location.

Franklin County
Ohio State University–Livestock Facilities (closed) has been removed from eBird as a hotspot at the request of the management. Please observe the “No Trespassing” signs at this facility which is closed to birders. The location has been reverted to a personal location in the accounts of birders who have submitted checklists. No data has been lost or removed from eBird. Birders are asked to refrain from visiting this site and should not submit checklists in the future.

Washington County
Oak Grove Cemetery, Marietta
Added the community name to distinguish this from Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware County.