What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3845 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tips for Birding in Ohio

Winter Birding at Killdeer Plains

January and February winter birding at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area can be a true adventure. Winter specialties, such as Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, Long- and Short-eared Owls, Lapland Longspurs, and Snow Buntings are often found in the area. Birders drive the area, birding much of the time from their vehicles, but exiting frequently to scan promising fields and walk in the woods. Sunset is early, 5:45 to 6:00 pm, depending when in the winter you go; starting a little before that, look for Short-eared Owls hunting over the fields.

Check the pages on Killdeer Plains in this website:
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
There are 17 eBird hotspots at Killdeer Plains and you will find a page of information on each of them, complete with maps and tips for birding.
Killdeer Plains Birding Drive
This birding drive suggests one way to drive through the wildlife area visiting 8 hotspots.

For reports on past trips check Jim McCarty’s article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer or the report of a trip by the Columbus Audubon Society.

When you go, dress warmly. Plan to stay to see the owls fly. Winter birding in Ohio is a great adventure.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County
Groveport Municipal Golf Course
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting this hotspot.

Walnut Woods Metro Park–Big Run Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Buckeye Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Tall Pines Area
Walnut Woods Metro Park–Walnut Creek Fields
Thanks to James Muller for suggesting these additional hotspots within the Walnut Woods Metro Park and for providing tips for birding the Walnut Creek Fields. We have also added this Walnut Woods to the Ohio Birding Day Hikes index.

Greene County
Dominick Lofino Park
Thanks to Ryan Taylor for suggesting this hotspot.

Prairie Grass Trail–Cedarville
Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Muskingum County
Joes Run Recreational Trail
Thanks to Chris Crook for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo and tips for birding.

Ottawa County
Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor
Thanks to Ryan Lesniewicz for suggesting this hotspot.

Washington County
Muskingum River Road
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding.


Revised help tip
How to get a “life list” of birds seen at a personal location

Hancock County
Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Litzenberg Memorial Woods–North of US-224
Litzenberg Memorial Woods–South of US-224
Added “US-224” to the hotspot names of the two sections of Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The use of directional labels in hotspot names can be confusing to birders who may not know an area. North of what? Or South of what?

Franklin County
Union Cemetery, Columbus–East
Added “Columbus” to the name of this hotspot to distinguish it from other Union Cemeteries in Ohio. Added a map.