What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3808 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Winter Birding in Ohio

Birding during January and February can be a excellent in Ohio. You may find owls, raptors, finches, and more species which make Ohio their winter grounds. Check these “Focus on . . .” articles.
Focus on Winter Birding at Killdeer Plains
Focus on Cuyahoga River Winter Birding

Additional good locations for winter birding include:
The Wilds
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area
Big Island Wildlife Area
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

What is your favorite place to search for winter birds? Send your idea to hotspots@ohiobirds.org and we will add to this list.

New eBird Hotspots

Greene County
Beaver Creek Wetland Nature Reserve
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot in the Phillips Park Complex in Dayton.

Licking County
I-70 Hebron Rest Areas
Thanks to Nathaniel Sharp for suggesting this hotspot.

Ottawa County
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Fox Nature Preserve
Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting this additional hotspot at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The Fox Nature Preserve is a newly acquired property directly across OH-2 from the Visitor Center.

Wayne County
stakeout Say’s Phoebe, Harrison Rd., Navarre (2020)
If you have submitted a checklist with this bird, please change the location of your checklist to this stakeout hotspot. Thanks for Su Snyder for suggesting the hotspot.


Stark County
North Lawn Cemetery
Quail Hollow State Park
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos for these hotspots.

Ottawa County
Ottawa NWR–Lower Toussaint Unit (restricted access)
The name of this unit was changed to Lower Toussaint Unit instead of Blausey Unit. The unit is undergoing restoration and access is restricted.
Ottawa NWR–Middle Toussaint Unit
The name of this unit was changed to Middle Toussaint Unit instead of Helle Unit. The unit is open to visitors.
Ottawa NWR–Turkey Run Unit
The name of this unit was changed to Turkey Run Unit instead of Price-Adams Unit. The unit is open to visitors.