New Feature

Thanks to Ken Andrews for designing a Notable Sightings gadget which has replaced the popular BirdTrax display of rare bird sightings on the Ohio home page.

Please note there are three tabs in the display.
+ Notable Sightings in Ohio (the default) shows the most recent rare bird sightings reported to eBird, sorted by date. Sightings that have been verified by eBird reviewers are highlighted in a yellow box.
+ Recent Sightings by County looks back 30 days. It shows the most recent sighting of a species in the selected county.
+ Recent Checklists by County displays the past 150 checklists for the county.
When you switch to a tab you must select the county of interest to you.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County

Guilford Lake State Park–Guilford Lake
Thanks to Laura Dornan for suggesting this additional hotspot at Guilford Lake State Park and for providing tips for birding Guilford Lake.

Hamilton County

Lindner Park
Thanks to Oscar Wilhelmy for suggesting this hotspot in the Norwood area of Cincinnati.

Harrison County

Custer Monument
Custer Monument is to the young soldier whose “Last Stand” made him a household name, at the site of George Armstrong Custer’s birthplace. Photos added to page.

Jefferson County

Richmond Park
Richmond Park is located on South Park Street. Photos added to page.

Lucas County

John T. Kennedy Memorial Park
Thanks to Paul Jacyk for suggesting this hotspot on OH-2 in Jerusalem Township and for providing a photo for the page.

Portage County

West Branch State Park–Marina and Beach
West Branch State Park–Rock Spring Road
Thanks to Ethan Kistler for suggesting these two new hotspots at West Branch State Park.

Wayne County

College of Wooster Campus
Thanks to David McConnell for suggesting this college campus as a hotspot.

Clay Plant Road
Thanks to Su Snyder for suggesting that we add this hotspot near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area adjacent to Wilderness Road in Wayne County.


Lucas County

Lucas County Lakeshore Birding Drive
Thanks to Mark Fesh for suggesting that we add Howard Marsh Metropark to the Lucas County Lakeshore Birding Drive.

Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Ottawa County

Catawba Island State Park
Catawba Point Preserve
Cedar Meadow Preserve
Photos were added to these locations on Catawba Island.
The name of the hotspot formerly listed as Catawba Island Nature Preserve has been changed to Catawba Point Preserve to reflect the official name used by Catawba Island Township. Google Maps has this preserve incorrectly named.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Middle Toussaint Unit
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–West Harbor Landing
Photos were added to the pages for these newly opened locations in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Tuscarawas County

Zoar Village
The name of this hotspot has been changed so that it can accept checklists of birds seen in any section of Zoar Village.