What’s New–Current

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3749 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Looking for a good bird watching location where you can walk or hike?
Ohio Birding Day Hikes are designed to help birders discover places to walk and see bird life. Often when we visit a park for the first time it is a challenge to know where to start. These hikes, recommended by birders and hikers in Ohio, are a way to begin to explore new territory.

It is sometimes said that “birding is the slowest form of transportation.” Even walking a short distance while observing birds can take lots of time. There are some short hikes in this collection, but many are 2 miles or longer. Often there are options of trails to take or suggestions of ways to shorten or lengthen a hike.

Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, Lucas County

New eBird Hotspots

Updates

Sandusky County
Bonham Road
Riddle Road
Removed the county name modifier (Sandusky Co.) from these hotspots. Each road is within the county and the road name changes at the county line.

Riddle Road, Sandusky County

What’s New–October 17, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3749 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Roadside Birding

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, cemeteries, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.

Check the Roadside Birding index of locations in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle.

Summit County Fairgrounds Parking Area

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Galloway Park
Thanks to Amy Collins-Warfield for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding and a photo tour of the park.

Monroe County
Fishers Grove Rest Area
Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot located on the south side of OH-78 near Lewisville.

Portage County
Trail Lake Park
Thanks to Patric Coy for suggesting this hotspot located on Ravenna Road in Streetsboro, adjacent to Herrick Fen.

Summit County
Hillside Memorial Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding. Hillside Memorial Park is located on Canton Road in Akron.

Summit County Fairgrounds Parking Area
Thanks to Adam Jackson for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo, tips for birding, and a map of the location. Also, thanks to Brian Tinker for providing tips.

Updates

Lake County
Hach-Otis Sanctuary State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding photos of the preserve.

Lucas County
Manhattan Marsh Preserve Metropark
Thanks to Sherry Plessner for letting us know that this metropark is now open and for providing a photo. We have removed (not yet open) from the hotspot name.

Ottawa County
Magee Marsh–Migratory Bird Center and Trails
This hotspot has been renamed, eliminating reference to the “Hawk Tower” which is closed.

Manhattan Marsh Metropark is now open.

What’s New–October 10, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3744 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Updates to County and State Top Hotspot Lists

Counties

This week I updated the list of Top 10 Hotspots on each county page. For Cuyahoga County click on the image to the right or navigate to your favorite county. On each county page there is a list of up to 10 hotspots with the most species reported in that county.

Ohio

On the home page there is a list of the 35 birding locations in Ohio with the most species reported. That list has been updated this week. Click on the image below to go to the home page.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County
Beaver Creek State Park–Oak Hill Trail and Logans Loop
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.
Damascus Cemetery
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this hotspot. Damascus Cemetery is located on the east side of Valley Road south of US-62 near Salem. A large flock of Pine Siskins has been observed at this cemetery.

Madison County
Somerford Cemetery
Thanks to Chad Pumpelly for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a description with tips for birding.

Medina County
Black River Nature Preserve Bluebell Valley
Bluebell Valley is located on Richman Road near Lodi. Visitors can expect to experience beautiful views of grasslands and woodlands, interesting walking trails, and lush habitat for butterflies and migrating birds. This area was part of a wetland mitigation and stream restoration project in 2002 that restored 8,000 linear feet of the Black River.

Scioto County
Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Joshua Eastlake for suggesting this hotspot and providing a photo and description of parking and the trail in the preserve.

Trumbull County
Grand River Wildlife Area–Parking and Wetland East of OH-534
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Stark County
Berlin Mudflats
Thanks to Jon Cefus for providing helpful information on viewing birds at various locations at Berlin Lake when mudflats appear during low water and the tip of a website with up-to-date information about the water level of the reservoir.

What’s New–October 3, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3738 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Hotspot Pages all now have a new format

A major conversion of hotspot pages to the new format of the Birding in Ohio website is complete! In doing such a conversion, it is easy to make a mistake or two. If you notice any errors, broken links, or surprising results, please send info to hotspots@ohiobirds.org. I will gladly make corrections.
Ken Ostermiller

New eBird Hotspots

Allen County
Haver Ridge Metro Park
Thanks to Bob Sams and Mandy Roberts for suggesting that we add this newly opened Metro Park as a hotspot and thanks to Bob for providing a photo for the page.
Jackson Township Park
Thanks to Bob Sams for suggesting this township park as a hotspot and for providing a photo and tips for birding.

Hamilton County
Jim Terrell Park
Jim Terrell Park is located near Longworth Street and Ferry Street on 27.3 acres in Milford. Thanks to Andrew O’Connor for suggesting this as a hotspot.

Updates

Greene County
Zimmerman Prairie State Nature Preserve
Zimmerman Prairie is no longer limited to access by permit only. Added a map showing where to park to walk .25 mile on the bike path to the prairie.

Lorain County
Black River Whart Boat Launch
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for providing a photo of the sign at this hotspot.

Medina County
Killbuck Lakes Park–West
The pond adjacent to the Lodi Outlet Mall, which was formerly a separate hotspot, is within the Killbuck Lakes Park and a trail has been added in the park which circles the pond. We have merged the checklists from this former hotspot into the hotspot for this park.

Vinton County
Vinton Furnace State Forest
Vinton Furnace State Forest–North
Vinton Furnace State Forest–Raccoon Ecological Management Area
Vinton Furnace State Forest was previously named an “Experimental Forest.” Adjusted the names of the hotspots to match the current status as a State Forest.

This week the new Birding in Ohio page design has been applied to hotspots in several counties.

What’s New–September 26, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3735 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Lake County
Eastlake Garden Park
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot and for proving photos and tips for birding.

Hardin County and Wyandot County
Andreoff Wildlife Area
Andreoff Wildlife Area–Jackson Township Road 50
Andreoff Wildlife Area (Wyandot County)
The Andreoff Wildlife Area is a newly acquired Ohio state wildlife area, including the area formerly known as the Harden County Wetlands. Most of the wildlife area is in Hardin County and we have renamed the hotspot on Jackson Township Road 50 with the new name. There is a small section of the wildlife area in Wyandot County where there is a new hotspot. Andreoff Wildlife Area may be entered by permit only. Please view birds from the roadside only and do not enter the wetland.
Thanks to Bob Sams for suggesting the new hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Tuscarawas County
Mosquito Lake–Lakeview Recreation Area
Mosquito Lake–OH-305 Boat Launch

Most of the recreation areas around Mosquito Creek Lake are managed as part of the Mosquito Lake State Park. The two hotspots above, however, are managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. We have adjusted the name of these hotspots and added information about the other hotspots on the lake managed by the Corps of Engineers. Thanks to Ethan Kistler for providing information about these sites.

This week the new Birding in Ohio page design has been applied to hotspots in several counties.

What’s New–September 19, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3733 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

What’s New–September 12, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3733 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Some changes you may notice

eBird County Overview

On each county page, we have removed the eBird overview summary and display of recent bird sightings from the bottom of the page. Over half of those who visit this website do so via a smartphone and that display was causing an error in displaying county pages. You can easily get to this overview with a single click at the top of each county page. We will continue to look for a way to display similar information on county pages in the future.

Ohio Birding Day Hikes

If you have searched for one of the Ohio Birding Day Hikes via Google or another search tool, you may have encountered a “404 file not found” message. When I created the day hikes, I made a copy of the page about the hotspot and added the information about the hike at the top of the new page. In transferring pages to the new format, I decided that it would be better to have this information on the main page for hotspots with a day hike. None have been deleted. The location of some have been changed and it will take search engines a bit of time to find the new locations. You can use the link above to get the list of day hikes.

Updates

Jackson County
Jackson Lake State Park
Previously named Jackson Lake (Jackson Co.), we added “State Park” to the hotspot name. This lake is entirely within the state park and this designation distinguishes the hotspot from another, smaller Jackson Lake which is located in Pike County. There is no state park on the lake in Pike County.

This week the new Birding in Ohio page design has been applied to hotspots in several counties.

What’s New–September 5, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3730 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Some changes you may notice

eBird County Overview

On each county page, we have removed the eBird overview summary and display of recent bird sightings from the bottom of the page. Over half of those who visit this website do so via a smartphone and that display was causing an error in displaying county pages. You can easily get to this overview with a single click at the top of each county page. We will continue to look for a way to display similar information on county pages in the future.

Ohio Birding Day Hikes

If you have searched for one of the Ohio Birding Day Hikes via Google or another search tool, you may have encountered a “404 file not found” message. When I created the day hikes, I made a copy of the page about the hotspot and added the information about the hike at the top of the new page. In transferring pages to the new format, I decided that it would be better to have this information on the main page for hotspots with a day hike. None have been deleted. The location of some have been changed and it will take search engines a bit of time to find the new locations. You can use the link above to get the list of day hikes.

New eBird Hotspots

Pickaway County
Deer Creek State Park–Waters Road
Wood County
Cedar Creeks Preserve

Updates

This week the new Birding in Ohio page design has been applied to hotspots in several counties.

What’s New–August 29, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3728 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Changes in Links to State of Ohio Websites

The State of Ohio Division of Natural Resources has recently opened new websites for state parks, wildlife areas, nature preserves, lakes and rivers, and more. This means that we must adjust links so you can go to websites about these state properties and maps. We are first working on links on pages which have been converted to the new Birding in Ohio web design. Please be patient while we are making these adjustments.

New eBird Hotspots

Preble County
Hueston Woods State Park–Big Woods Trail

Updates

This week the new Birding in Ohio page design has been applied to hotspots in several counties.