What’s New–September 4, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4047 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County
Harmody Park
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot.

Franklin County
Hilliard Bradley High School Pond
Thanks to Jennifer Kalb for suggesting this hotspot.

Knox County
Bladensburg Community Center
Thanks to Kim Davidson for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Summit County
Cascade Valley Metro Park–Valley View Area
Changed the name of this from “Valley View Metro Park” as Summit Metro Parks is making this an area within the Cascade Valley Metro Park. Thanks to Adam Jackson for noting the change and providing a photo.
Photo by Adam Jackson

What’s New–August 28, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4044 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County
Sycamore Run Park
Thanks to Corinna Nixdorf-Honscheid for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding

Marion County
Big Island Wildlife Area–Seiter Road
New Vision Fire Station and Community Center
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting these hotspots and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Montgomery County
Oak Grove Park
Thanks to George Keller for suggesting this hotspot.

What’s New–August 21, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4040 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clermont County
East Fork State Park–Reisinger Road Boat Ramp
Thanks to Rudy Iles for suggesting this eBird hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Franklin County
Easton Nature Walk
Thanks to Gregory Allen for suggesting this eBird hotspot and for providing photos.

Marion County
Ohio State University Marion Campus–Larry R. Yoder Prairie Nature Center
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Portage County
Brady Lake
Thomas Heritage Park
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting these hotspots.

Shelby County
Roadside Park
Thanks to Janalin Leach for suggesting this hotspot.

Stark County
Craig Pittman Memorial Park
Thanks to John Cefus for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Delaware County
Scioto River–Radnor Boat Ramp
Thanks to Rob Thorn for adding a photo of this location.
Radnor Boat Ramp
Photo by Rob Thorn

What’s New–August 7, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4033 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Focus on Ohio Shorebird Hotspots
During the fall and spring migrations and despite the fact that we have no “seashore” in Ohio, an amazing array of shorebirds visit the state. Lakeshores, mudflats, “skypools” in flooded agricultural fields, marshes, bogs, fens, swamps — there are many habitats in Ohio that migrating shorebirds use to rest and recharge on their journeys.

Check the latest “Focus on . . .” blog for tips for finding shorebirds in Ohio and a list of Ohio hotspots where shorebirds are likely to be found.

Thanks to Patty McKelvey for suggesting this “Focus on…” topic.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County Fairgrounds
Photo by Kim Nordquest

Ashland County
Weltmer Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot.

Ashtabula County
Ashtabula County Fairgrounds
Thanks to Kim Norquest for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos.

Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga Community College–Eastern Campus
Thanks to Dan Hazard for suggesting this hotspot.

Delaware County
Scioto River–Radnor Boat Ramp
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot.

Mahoning County
Boardman Park
Thanks to Patrick Lewis for suggesting this hotspot in Boardman and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Sandusky County
Billman Road, York Township Road 219
Bonham Road, York Township Road 205
Riddle Road, York Township Road 292

Seneca County
Roy Myers Road, Thompson Township Road 80

Added the township road numbers to the names of these hotspots.

Lorain County
Lakeview Park
Lorain Harbor–Fishing Pier
Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Menards Retention Pond
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for adding tips for finding shorebirds at these hotspots.

Montgomery County
Collier Preserve, Canfield
Mill Creek MetroParks has changed the name of this location from Mill Creek Preserve Wetlands to Collier Preserve. The eBird hotspot name adds Canfield to distinguish this from the Collier State Nature Preserve in Seneca County.

Riddle Road, York Township Road 292
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Focus on Ohio Shorebird Hotspots

During the fall and spring migrations and despite the fact that we have no “seashore” in Ohio, an amazing array of shorebirds visit the state. Lakeshores, mudflats, “skypools” in flooded agricultural fields, marshes, bogs, fens, swamps — there are many habitats in Ohio that migrating shorebirds use to rest and recharge on their journeys.

Tips

Timing of Fall Shorebird Migration
An article from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Muddy Future: Central Ohio Shore-birding
An article by Rob Thorn from Columbus Audubon website.

Tips for Tricky Bird IDs: Shorebird Edition!
An article from Madison Audubon in Wisconsin.

How to be Sure about Shorebirds
An article from Australian Birdlife with tips that work worldwide.

Where to Find Shorebirds in Ohio

What’s New–July 31, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4028 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots


Erie County
stakeout Wood Stork, Martins Point Rd. (2021) (view birds from roadside only)
We have set up a stakeout hotspot for sightings of the Wood Stork in Erie County. If you have submitted a checklist at this location, please move your checklist into this stakeout hotspot. Use care and watch for passing traffic when birding in this location and respect private property on this road. View birds from the roadside only.


Geauga County
Modroo Preserve
Thanks to Wes Hatch for suggesting this hotspot.

Mahoning County
Crandall Park
Thanks to Elsa Higby for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Medina County
Hinkley Reservation–West Drive Scenic Overlook
Thanks to Jacob Raber for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Hinckley Reservation.

Montgomery County
Waldruhe Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County
Yoker Valley Road (view from roadside only)
Thanks to William Kerrigan for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Nehls Memorial Preserve
Thanks to Edward Lux for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos.

Pickaway County
Scioto River–OH-316 Access
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot.

Ross County
Metahqua Preserve
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and a tip for birding.

Scioto County
Riverfront Park, Portsmouth
Thanks to Lincoln Johnson for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio River.

Stark County
Bingham Farm Trail
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot.

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Mallard Pond
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area.

Union County
Big Darby Creek–North Lewisburg Road
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and a description of the area.

Vinton County
Tar Hollow State Forest–Clark Hollow Road (Vinton County)
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Athens County
Hockhocking Adena Bikeway–Armitage Road

Adjusted the coordinates for this hotspot. Thanks to Philip Cantino for suggesting this change.

Clinton County
Lytle Creek Nature Preserve

Cuyahoga County
Brighton Park
Thanks to Ken Andrews for providing photos and a tip for finding the entrance to this new park.

Walter Stinson Park
Thanks to Eddie Price for providing photos and tips for birding at this park.

What’s New–June 26, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4014 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Watch for the next update around August 1, 2021

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County
Mohican State Forest–Blue Bridle Trail
Thanks to Billi Krochuk for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mohican State Forest and for providing tips for birding.

Clinton County
Lytle Creek Nature Preserve
Thanks to Larry Early for suggesting this hotspot.

Cuyahoga County
Brighton Park
Western Reserve Land Conservancy has announced the opening of this new park with trails. The park is located near the Cleveland Zoo.

Greene County
Little Miami Scenic Trail–Xenia
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot on the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

Lorain County
Veterans Memorial Park, Avon
Thanks to Patty and Kevin McKelvey for suggesting this hotspot.

Marion County
Prospect Cemetery
Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Mahoning County
Lincoln Park, Youngstown
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot.

Ottawa County
North Coast Inland Trail–Elmore
Thanks to Ken Clark for suggesting this hotspot on the North Coast Inland Trail and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Warren County
Beck Park
Thanks to George Keller for providing photos.

What’s New–June 19, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4006 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Lake County
Willow Beach Park
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Medina County
Camp Road, Homerville
Camp Road, Township Road 36, is lightly traveled and stretches north for 3 miles from US-224 to Old Mill Road. The road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Summit County
Cascade Valley Metro Park–Valley View Area
Thanks to Mike Edgington for suggesting this hotspot. Summit Metro Parks acquired the 195-acre former Valley View Golf Course fulfilling the long-term vision of connecting three parks—Cascade Valley, Gorge, and Sand Run—creating 1,700 contiguous acres of natural green space. This section of the park is now open.

Updates

Medina County
Maple Lakes Campground
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for providing photos.

What’s New–June 12, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 4003 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Delaware County
Highbanks Metro Park–Big Meadows
Thanks to Amy Kramer for suggesting this hotspot. The addition of this hotspot brings the total number of hotspots in Ohio to 4000!

Erie County
Edison Park, Milan
Thanks to Philip Steiner for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Portage County
Portage Hike and Bike Trail–Lake Rockwell Road Trailhead
Thanks to Alex Colucci for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Portage Hike and Bike Trail.

Warren County
Beck Park
Thanks to George Keller for suggesting this hotspot.

Wayne County
Millbrook Road
Thanks to Su Snyder for suggesting this hotspot which is accessed from Elyria Road south of US-3 in the vicinity of Funk Bottoms.

Updates

Darke County
Eidson Woods Preserve, Greenville
Added the community identifier to the name of this hotspot to distinguish it from other hotspots in Ohio with the differently spelled, but similar looking name, “Edison”.

What’s New–June 5, 2021

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3998 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clinton County and Highland County
East Fork Riparian Reserve–East Side Trails (Clinton Co.)
East Fork Riparian Reserve–West Side Trails (Highland Co.)
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this reserve as a hotspot. The Highland-Clinton county line runs through the middle of this preserve. The trails on the east side of the preserve are in Clinton County. The trails on the west side are in Highland County.

Delaware County
Alum Creek Trail–Polaris Parkway to County Line Road
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot. Most of the Alum Creek Trail is in Franklin County. This section in Delaware County is the northernmost terminus of the trail from the county line north to Polaris Parkway where the trail meets the Big Walnut Trail.

Lorain County
Menards Retention Pond
Thanks to Ryan Smylie for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Athens County
Woodcock Nature Preserve (restricted access)
Added (restricted access) to the name of this preserve and tips for birding. Birders are asked to give advance notice the night before visiting by sending a text message to the preserve.

Medina County
Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary
The Medina County Park District has changed the name of the Wolf Creek Environmental Center to Oenslager Nature Center. The nature center is located in the Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary. Adjusted the name of this hotspot to use the name of the wildlife sanctuary instead of the nature center, since the trails are in the sanctuary.

Franklin County
Alum Creek Trail–Heritage Park and Westerville Sports Complex
The Alum Creek Trail passes through Heritage Park and this hotspot has been used for checklists on the trail from County Line Road to Main Street. We have changed the name from “Heritage Park, Westerville”. Thanks to Michael Schramm and Rob Thorn for helping to discern this change.