What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3803 eBird hotspots in Ohio. We have added nearly 300 hotspots during 2020. There were 3513 hotspots on Jan. 1. There were approximately 1200 eBird hotspots in Ohio when I began reviewing suggestions in 2009.
Ken Ostermiller, eBird hotspot reviewer for Ohio

New eBird Hotspots

Photo by Jason Parrish

Delaware County
Heritage Wetlands
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot on the north side of County Line Road in Westerville.

Franklin County
College Knolls Wetland Reserve
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot on the south side of County Line Road in Westerville.

Galloway Cemetery
Thanks to Jason Parrish for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Greene County
Valle View Reserve
Thanks to Sean Hollowell for suggesting this hotspot in Fairborn.

Knox County
Ramser Arboretum Mount Vernon Nazarene University Woods
Thanks to Mike Yough for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo and tips for birding. MVNU Woods was once used as a field biology station by the university and now is owned and manged by the Ramser Arboretum.

Lorain County
Sheffield Lake Recreational Trail
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for suggesting this hotspot in Sheffield Lake and for sharing photos and tips for birding.

Stark County
Monument Park
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this hotspot. Monument Park is adjacent to Stadium Park and next to the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, the site of the McKinley National Memorial, in Canton.

Price Park
Thanks to Betty Carty for suggesting this hotspot in North Canton and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Allen County
Many of the hotspot pages in Allen County have been updated with maps and hiking trails.

Lorain County
Lorain Harbor–Fishing Pier
Thanks to Patty McKelvey for providing a photo of the vehicle entrance to the Fishing Pier. There is also a new map showing the location of the entrance.

Hardin County and Wyandot County
Andreoff Wildlife Area
Andreoff Wildlife Area–Jackson Township Road 50
Andreoff Wildlife Area (Wyandot County)
Updated with links to newly developed Ohio state webpages and maps. The hotspot on Jackson Township Road 50 was formerly named “Hardin County Wetlands” when it was privately owned.

Richland County
Fowler Woods
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for sharing photos. The boardwalk at Fowler Woods has been replaced and upgraded. It is now open.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Looking for information on where rare birds are being seen?

Check the recently updated page, About Rare Birds. (Available on every page in the top menu bar under “Find a Bird.”)

There is a link on this page to the eBird Rare Bird Alert for Ohio. This alert lists all the rare birds which have been reported in eBird during the past 7 days. You can sort this list by species, date, or location.

There is a link on the page to the eBird Needs Alert which can show you the location of birds you “need,” have not seen, this year or “need” for your Ohio life list. You can set this up for the whole state or any county in Ohio.

At the bottom of the page, look for Notable Sightings which displays all the rare and out of season birds seen in Ohio over the past 4 weeks.

There is information about stakeout hotspots, when to suggest and use them, and a list of all the stakeout hotspots in the state.

There is information about when you must submit a report about a rare bird sighting to the Ohio Birds Record Committee.

Check the advice from eBird about how to add comments to your checklist to help eBird reviewers decide if your sighting can be verified to include it in the eBird research database.

What is the difference between the eBird Rare Bird Alert and the Needs Alerts?
Read about the difference on the page About Rare Bird and Needs Alerts.