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What’s New–Current

New
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Battelle Darby Teal and Harrier Trails
Cowan Lake Trails
Deer Creek State Park Trails
Forked Run State Park Trails
Geneva State Park Trails
Goll Woods Trails
Kendrick Woods Trails
Marion Tallgrass Trail Holland Road Trailhead
Salt Fork State Park Trails
Shawnee Prairie Trails
The Ridges Trails
Wolf Run State Park Trails

Updates

Harrison County

In order to make them work better with the new Clendening Lake Road Trails day hikes, we have made some adjustments to hotspot names located on the Buckeye Trail in this area.
Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail, North of Brushy Fork Bay
Formerly there were two hotspots, Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail North Side East and Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail North Side West. We have combined these and added Brushy Creek Bay to better identify the location.
Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail, South of Brushy Fork Bay
This was formerly Clendening Lake–Buckeye Trail South Side. The new name more clearly identifies the location.

What’s New–June 15, 2019

Irwin Prairie

New
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Augusta-Anne Olsen Trails
Barnes Preserve Trails
Blackhand Gorge Marie Hickey Trail
Buck Creek State Park Prairie View Trails
Burnet Woods Trails
Caesar Creek Gorge Trail
Clendening Lake Road Trails
East Fork Lake Trails
Frohring Meadows Trails
Gilmore Ponds Trails
Glacier Ridge Trails
Glen Helen Preserve Inman Trail
Holmes County Trail Depot Station to Walmart
Hubbard Valley Trails
Hueston Woods Sycamore and Pine Loop Trails
Ira Road Beaver Marsh Towpath Trail
Irwin Prairie Trail
Killdeer Plains Old County Highway 75
Lake Erie Bluffs Trails
Lake Medina Trails
Lawrence Woods Trails
Meadowbrook Marsh Trails
Munroe Falls Tallmadge Meadow Trail
Pickerel Creek Pump House Dikes
Pike Lake Trails
Rocky River Nature Center Trails
Sandy Ridge Wet Woods and Marsh Loop
Sheldon Marsh Trails
Station Road Trails
Stillwater Prairie Trails
Tar Hollow Logan Trail
Wilderness Center Pond Trail
Wintergarden Woods Trails
Wooster Memorial Park Spangler Trail

Ohio Birding Day Hikes, a new feature of the website, is under development.

I need your help. I would like to add at least one Birding Day Hike for each county in Ohio. I would like to add hikes suggested by Ohio birders. Please use the contact form to let me know if you have a good hike in your county that we should add.

Mohican State Park Covered Bridge

New eBird Hotspots

Portage County

Shaw Woods Park
Thanks to Jessica Winchell for suggesting this hotspot in Portage County.

Ross County

Tar Hollow State Forest–Logan Trail
This new hotspot is located where the Buckeye Trail intersects the Logan Trail in Tar Hollow State Forest. Submit checklists to this hotspot if you hike the Tar Hollow Logan Trail day hike.

Updates

Ashland County

Mohican State Park–Covered Bridge
Mohican State Park–Pleasant Hill Trail
Added photos to these two hotspot pages.

Medina County

Hinckley Reservation–Redwing Cabin Picnic Area
Thanks to Alex Garrote for providing photos and tips for birding this new hotspot.

Photo by Alex Garrote

Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park–Sycamore and Pine Loop Trails
This hotspot was set up for the Sycamore Trail and we have added the Pine Loop Trail to it. The Pine Loop Trail is adjacent and together they make a 2-mile hike in this section of the park.

Warren County

Caesar Creek Gorge
This hotspot was previously named “Caesar Creek SP–Gorge Trail Loop.” The trail is actually within the Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Area and may be access from the state park on the east or from the state nature area parking on the west. This hotspot may be used for checklists when hiking the Caesar Creek Gorge Trail.

What’s New–June 8, 2019

New Feature

Clear Fork Mohican River
Mohican State Park
Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Ash Cave Trails
Beaver Creek Vondergreen Trail
Brandywine Gorge Trail
Buzzardroost Rock Trail
Caldwell Nature Preserve Trails
Chippewa Inlet Trail North Loop
Christmas Rocks Trails
Cincinnati Nature Center Redwing Loop
Clear Creek Fern, Hemlock, Cemetery Ridge Trails
Clear Creek Lake Trail
Clear Fork Mohican River Loop
Fort Hill Trails
Lamping Homestead Trail
Mill Creek Gorge Trail Loop
Monroe Overlook Trail Loop
Quail Hollow Loop

Ohio Birding Day Hikes, a new feature of the website, is under development.

I need your help. I would like to add at least one Birding Day Hike for each county in Ohio. I would like to add hikes suggested by Ohio birders. Please use the contact form to let me know if you have a good hike in your county that we should add.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County

Beaver Creek State Park–Vondergreen Trail
This hotspot was added in Beaver Creek State Park to accept checklists on the Vondergreen Trail day hike. This state park is in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Geauga County

Veterans Legacy Woods
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot at a newly opened Geauga County Park which was formerly the Wicked Woods Golf Course.

Greene County

Garland Reserve
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this new hotspot.

Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park–East Gorge Trail
This new hotspot in the Mill Creek Park was added with the new Birding Day Hikes feature to accommodate checklists submitted on the Mill Creek Gorge Trail Loop hike.

Medina County

Hinckley Reservation–Redwing Cabin Picnic Area
Thanks to Alex Garrote for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Hinckley Reservation and the Rocky River-East Branch Important Bird Area.

Updates

Clark County

Tecumseh Trail
We have moved the marker for the hotspot to the entrance of the Tecumseh Trail in Smith Park to make the coordinates easier to use with finding the location using a GPS or smartphone.

Franklin County

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus
Updated page with a “birding map” from the Green Lawn Cemetery webpage.

Johnson Woods Nature Preserve
Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Wayne County

Added photos to these pages.
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Angling Road
Johnson Woods Nature Preserve
Wecht Road

New Maps

Added maps showing all the hotspots in these state parks or wildlife areas.

Butler County
Preble County

Hueston Woods State Park

Clark County

Buck Creek State Park

Clermont County

East Fork State Park

Cuyahoga County

Bedford Reservation

Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area

Lucas County

Maumee Bay State Park
Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area

Marion County

Big Island Wildlife Area

Ottawa County

East Harbor State Park

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

Wayne County
Holmes County

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

What’s New–June 1, 2019

New Focus On . . .

The Funk Bottoms Important Bird Area in Wayne County has offered some unusual shorebird sightings this spring. Check the latest Focus On . . . blog
Focus on Funk Bottoms

New eBird Hotspots

Greene County

Gravel Pit Road
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot. The agricultural fields on Gravel Pit Road between Wildman Road and Oglesbee Road can form skypools during wet weather and host ducks, geese, and shorebirds. The roads in this area traverse privately owned lands. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Lorain County

Avondale Avenue
Thanks to Parry McKelvey for suggesting and providing a description of this hotspot in Avon Lake near Miller Road Park and south of the Avon Lake Power Plant.

Lucas County

Stranahan Arboretum
Thanks to Anthony Marino for suggesting this hotspot which is managed by the University of Toledo.

Warren County

Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area–New Burlington Road
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this new hotspot in the Caesar Creek Important Bird Area
There is another hotspot in the wildlife area on New Burlington Road. We have adjusted the name of that hotspot to:
Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area–Burlington Ridge

Updates

Lorain County

Black River Reservation–Bridgeway Trail
Black River Reservation–Steel Mill Trail
Thanks to an observant birder, we discovered that we had two hotspots on the Steel Mill Trail which have now been combined. When the reservation was being developed the new trail was named “Bridgeway” and entered into eBird as a hotspot. Birders found Lark Sparrows nesting along this trail. In 2008 the trail was extended north. The north section was named “Steel Mill Trail” and was entered into eBird as a hotspot. The Bridgeway Trail became the name for the southern section of the trail system. Your reviewer did not realize that the older “Bridgeway” hotspot was no longer on the Bridgeway Trail and both hotspots have been been used to report the Lark Sparrows.

A new hotspot has been created for the Bridgeway Trail. The Days Dam Trailhead on East 31st Street divides the two trails. The Steel Mill Trail is north of Days Dam, the Bridgeway Trail is south of Days Dam.

Washington County

Derby Road and Buchanan Road
Thanks to Terry Bronson for providing a description and tips for birding these roads in Washington County.

Wayne County

Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Angling Road
The name of this hotspot has been changed to make it a sub-location in Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area. A parking area has been added on the south side of Angling Road west of Elyria Road which provides access to a formerly land-locked section of the wildlife area.

Wyandot County

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
Added a map with all the hotspots in the wildlife area.

Top Birding Locations in Ohio

On the home page, updated the Ohio top 35 birding locations (most species reported).

On each county page, updated the top birding locations with 100 or more species reported.

What’s New–May 25, 2019

New eBird Hotspots

Turkey Creek Metropark
Photo by Kim Nordquest
Ashtabula County

Turkey Creek Metropark
Thanks to Kim Nordquest for suggesting this hotspot, providing a photo tour, and tips for birding there. Please note that this Metropark is in Ohio but is accessed from Pennsylvania via the State Line Road.

Auglaize County

Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park–Harmons Landing
Thanks to Josh King for suggesting this additional hotspot in Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park and in the St. Marys River-Grand Lake Important Bird Area

Greene County

Glen Forest Cemetery
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot in Greene County.

Zane Landing Park

Muskingum County

Lock Ten Park
Zane Landing Park
These two new hotspots are located in Zanesville.

Holmes County

Redett Road, Fredericksburg
Redett Road in Holmes County is a good place to look for grassland birds. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Ottawa County

Dodge Woods Preserve
Thanks to Carly Wainwright for suggesting this hotspot on South Bass Island and in the Lake Erie Western Basin Important Bird Area

Stark County

Berlin Lake–Teel Avenue
Thanks to Kent Miller for the tip that this is a good place to watch for nesting Prothonotary Warblers. Berlin Lake is in the Berlin Lakes System Important Bird Area.

Updates

Barnside Creamery Parking Lot
Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Ottawa County

OH-2 @ OH-19
Added photos of the view from the Barnside Creamery parking lot.

What’s New–May 18, 2019

New Feature

Google Map on almost every page

For tips on how to use Google Maps on this website check the latest blog page from About this Website:
About Google Maps on this website
There is now a Google Map embedded on almost every hotspot page. To save time in transferring this website to WordPress, I decided to put just one map on each page. I used an image of a map about the location, if available, or a Google Map. I have discovered that the Google Map has some features that are very handy, such as opening the map in a new tab or window and then getting driving directions to a location from the Google Map website or app. I have completed the process of adding a Google Map to all the pages.

Focus on . . .

Focus on Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Suggestions about how to get started with bird watching at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Photo by Marc Hannerman

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County

Pymatuning State Park–Main Beach and Boat Launch
Thanks to Marc Hannerman for suggesting this additional hotspot at Pymatuning State Park and for providing photos of the main beach and the adjacent small boat launch.

Columbiana County

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail–Washingtonville Trailhead
Thanks to Barbara James for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail and in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area

Lorain County

French Creek Reservation–Burrell Homestead
Thanks to Ben Meredyk for suggesting this additional hotspot at the French Creek Reservation

Ohio State University
Mansfield Campus

Richland County

Ohio State University Mansfield Campus–Bromfield Trail
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting a hotspot for this walking path on the Ohio State University at Mansfield campus.

Stark County

Berlin Lake–German Church Road Boat Launch and Mudflats
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Berlin Lakes System Important Bird Area

Williams County

Nettle Lake Sewage Ponds
Thanks to Zachary Frieben for suggesting this hotspot near Lake La Su An Wildlife Area

Updates

Photo by Craig DeCrane
Lucas County

Foxglove Meadow Park
Thanks to Craig DeCrane for adding photos and writing a description of birding at this park.

Summit County

Richfield Heritage Preserve
Thanks to Ken Andrews for adding a section about the spring migration season to the Guide to the Richfield Heritage Preserve

What’s New–May 11, 2019

New Feature

Blog Index
This index has links to all the blog posts with many tips about this website.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County

Mohican State Park–Hemlock Grove Campground
Thanks to Marcia Kinnard for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mohican State Park.

Photo by Marc Hannerman

Ashtabula County

Phil Hillman Fishing Access
Thanks to Marc Hannerman for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding this locaiton.

Greene County

Zimmerman Prairie State Nature Preserve (restricted access)
Thanks to Bill Schieman for suggesting this hotspot in Greene County. A written permit is required to enter this state nature preserve. Permit application must be submitted 14 days prior to the visit.

Lucas County

Foxglove Meadow Park
Thanks to Craig DeCrane for suggesting this hotspot in Toledo.

Montgomery County

Pondview Park
Thanks to Alania Trump for suggesting this hotspot in Kettering.

Stark County

Lawndell Road Southwest
Thanks to Mark Stotzer for suggesting this hotspot on Sugar Creek. There is a Bald Eagle nest near the bridge that crosses Sugar Creek. Please view birds from the roadside only and do not disturb the nest.

Summit County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Center Road
Thanks to Karen Gray for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Washington County

Derby Road and Buchanan Road
Thanks to Terry Bronson for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Cuyahoga County
Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Lower Cuyahoga River Important Bird Area
“Cuyahoga Valley National Park” has been added by Audubon to the name of this Important Bird Area. We have adjusted the name in this website and are working on getting the IBA polygon renamed in eBird. Thanks to Ann Chase for noting this name change.

Armleder Park
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Hamilton County

Armleder Park
Ault Park
Added photos.

What’s New–May 4, 2019

Focus on . . .


Focus on Magee Marsh
Magee Marsh attracts birders from all over the world at this time of year. Check the Focus on . . . blog for all the information about birding there.

New eBird Hotspots

Butler County

Miami University–Helen S. Ruder Preserve
Thanks to Charlie Saunders for suggesting this additional hotspot at Miami University.

Columbiana County

Grimms Bridge
Thanks to Peter Wilson for suggesting this hotspot in the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Washington County

Wayne National Forest–Newell Run Mouth
Because we added a hotspot below for Newell Run Road, we added “Mouth” to the name of this hotspot.
Wayne National Forest–Newell Run Road
Wayne National Forest–Number Nine Road
Wayne National Forest–Peggs Fork Run
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting these new hotspots in the Wayne National Forest-Marietta Important Bird Area.

Wills Creek Lake


Wills Creek Lake lies along the Muskingum-Coshcoton county line. We have added hotspots and adjusted names of others in this area to help birders know where they are birding in relation to the county line.

Muskingum County

Most of the lake is in Muskingum County. The hotspot on the lake has the county name added to help birders know that when they submit checklists to the hotspot the birds are assigned to Muskingum County. A new hotspot has been added at the boat launch on OH-83.
Wills Creek Lake (Muskingum County)
Wills Creek Lake–Boat Launch

Coshocton County

The dam near the mouth of Wills Creek is in Coshocton County and a small section of the lake south of the dam is in the county. We have added a hotspot for the dam. Please report birds seen on the lake near the dam at this hotspot.
There are also two hotspots on nearby county or township roads. Township High 145 Pond was formerly named Wills Creek Pond. The new name better informs birders where the pond is located. There is a new hotspot on County Road 7 at a similar pond. Thanks to Nathan Mast for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding there.
Wills Creek Lake–Dam
County Road 7 Pond
Township Highway 145 Pond

Updates

Lynx Prairie Trailhead
Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Adams County

Edge of Appalachia Preserve
The Edge of Appalachia hotspot pages have all been updated with new maps and photos.
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Abner Hollow Road
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Buzzardroost Rock
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Lynx Prairie
The Lynx Prairie parking and trailhead has been moved to Cline Road. We have moved the hotspot and associated checklists to this new location.
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Wilderness Trail

Whipple State Nature Preserve
A map and photos have been added to the Whipple State Nature Preserve page.

Delaware County

Hoover Scenic Trail, Plumb Road to Wiese Road
Two hotspots have been combined. Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting that we merge Hoover Scenic Trail and Hoover Nature Preserve–Wiese Rd. together using the name above. The Scenic Trail follows the route of the old Wiese Road and Rob pointed out that birders have been using the “Wiese Rd.” location for the whole trail for some time. I kept the road name in the hotspot to help birders who have been using it to recognize that it is the appropriate hotspot.

Medina County

Westfield Center Village Park
Added a photo to the page.

What’s New–April 24, 2019

New Feature


Needs Alert (birds you have not seen in Ohio)
Never SeenNot Seen This Year
The Needs Alert is available on the Ohio home page in the left column under “Explore Ohio in eBird.”

The Needs Alert links are also available on each county page. You may find it most helpful to view the alert report for the county you are currently visiting.

You must be logged in to your eBird account for this to work. Please let me know how you like this feature.

See About Rare Bird and Needs Alerts for more information.

Focus on . . . blog

Focus on Shawnee State Forest and Shawnee State Park
Links to eBird hotspots, Audubon Important Bird Area page, and two Ohio Birding Drives in this area will be of interest for those attending the Ohio Ornithological Society meeting the weekend of April 26-28.

New eBird Hotspots

Forest Run MetroPark
Photo by Daniel Klar
Athens County

Cucumbertree Trail
Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting this hotspot.

Butler County

Forest Run Metropark–Timberman Ridge Area
Thanks to Daniel Klar for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Forest Run MetroPark and for providing photos for the page. This MetroPark has three areas which are geographically separate. There is no general hotspot for the whole MetroPark. The other hotspot in this park is Forest Run Metropark–Wildlife Preserve Area.

Mercer County

Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park–Anderson Road Picnic Area
Thanks to Josh King for suggesting this new hotspot and for providing tips for birding. The hotspot is a sub-location in Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park.

Stark County

Minerva Municipal Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding at this park.

Carter Pedigo Trail

Summit County

Carter Pedigo Trail
Thanks to Ken Andrews for suggesting this hotspot, providing a photo of the trail map, and writing a description of the trail.

Kirtland’s Warbler Migration Blitz Hotspots Retired

Thanks to the many birders who submitted checklists in the Kirtland’s Warbler Migration Blitz research project. In Ohio, we had a little over 300 hotspots (KIWA-OH-survey) set up to accept checklists for the project. The research project is complete and a paper has been published with the results. The survey hotspots have been retired from eBird.
+ A little over half of the hotspots (160) had no checklists and have been deleted.
Survey hotspots with checklists
+ have been merged into an existing hotspot (112),
+ renamed to become a new hotspot (34), or
+ in just a few cases changed to a personal location shared by those who submitted checklists (6).

The new hotspots created from former KIWA-OH-survey locations are listed below. All the new hotspots are active in eBird and pages describing them have been added to the website.

Clinton County

Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area–New Burlington Road

Cuyahoga County

Euclid Creek Reservation–Glenridge Loop
Euclid Creek Reservation–Upper Highland Trail
Rocky River Reservation–Guerin Road
Rocky River Reservation–Valley Parkway Trail
Rocky River Reservation–Willow Bend Picnic Area

Delaware County

Alexander Road
Alum Creek State Park–Africa Road @ Plumb Road
Delaware State Park–Willey Road
Hoover Scenic Trail

Erie County

Resthaven Wildlife Area–Carson Pass Road

Fayette County

Christman Memorial Park

Geauga County

Ladue Public Hunting Area–Aquilla Road
South Newbury Cemetery

Highland County

Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area–Burgess Road
Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area–Centerfield Road
Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area–Cope Road

Lake County

North Chagrin Reservation–Bridle Trail
North Chagrin Reservation–River Grove Chestnut Shelter

Logan County

Mary Rutan Park

Lorain County

French Creek Reservation–Pine Tree Picnic Area Entrance

Lucas County

Manore Road
Oak Openings–Jeffers Road
Oak Openings–Reed Road
Oak Openings–Waterville Swanton Road
Oak Openings–White Oak Campground
Towpath Park

Marion County

Gearhiser Road

Pickaway County

Deer Creek State Park–Beach Picnic Area

Richland County

Malabar Farm Restaurant

Ross County

Paint Creek State Park (Ross County)

Summit County

Brandywine Ski Resort
Trumbull Woods Park

Wyandot County

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Township Road 103

What’s New–April 20, 2019

Notable Bird Sightings

Birders who appreciated the BirdTrax display of notable sightings, there are two replacements in development.
Ohio Notable Bird Sightings developed by Ohio birder, Ken Andrews, displays on the bottom of the Birding in Ohio home page.
WhereDaBirds, which we are unable to display on a WordPress page right now, has more links similar to BirdTrax. There is a link to this website, also on the home page. WhereDaBirds is being developed by Ed Norton, a birder in New England.

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County

Ruffner Park
Thanks to Jacob Abel for suggesting this hotspot on the Big Walnut Creek in the Big Walnut Important Bird Area.

Hamilton County

Bender Mountain Nature Preserve
Thanks to Ellie Hahn for suggesting this hotspot.

Montgomery County

Air Force Museum Memorial Park
Thanks to Daniel Brockman for suggesting this hotspot in the Memorial Park adjacent to the National Museum of the Air Force.

Portage County

Johnson Road, Kent
Thanks to Doug Bryant for suggesting this hotspot.

Wayne County

Christmas Run Park
Thanks to Nathaniel Sheerer for suggesting a hotspot at this park in Wooster.

Updates

Delaware County

Gallant Farm
Gallant Woods Park
The names of these two parks has been adjusted as the Delaware County Preservation Parks no longer uses the word “preserve” in the park names. The official names are Gallant Farm and Gallant Woods Park.

Lake County

Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark–Clark Road
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark–Lane Road
Added photos to all three pages.