There are 3706 eBird hotspots in Ohio.
New eBird Hotspots
Hickory Chase Ponds
There are several ponds along Hickory Chase Way on the grounds of the Hillard Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Thanks to Chad Pumpelly for suggesting this hotspot.
Removed the Crooked Creek Conservation Club as a hotspot at the request of the managers of this private shooting range.
Grailville Nature Trails
Updated the information about the trails at Grailville provided by Terrie Puckett the executive director of Grailville.
Ohio State University–Livestock Facilities (restricted access)
We wanted to provide a quick update on one of the more popular birding locations in Central Ohio; the Ohio State University Livestock Facility located off of Sawmill Road. This is a popular location for many vagrants as well as one of the most reliable locations to observe Upland Sandpipers as they nest at the airport next door. For years, the workers have been very accommodating for birders but it appears that, at least for now, that welcome has been worn thin.
Without mentioning specifics, there have been several incidents over the last couple of months that have resulted in gates being locked. Now, more recently, people have actually been purposely locked in and confronted by someone and told to leave and never return. While we hope we can work to restore the positive relationship with this fantastic birding locale, we ask people to respect their wishes and not visit the farm to bird especially during this ongoing pandemic. Just because the gates are open, does not mean it is acceptable for birders to enter. This means workers are present and going about their business.
The American Birding Association makes specific mention of this in their Code of Ethics, part 3a: “Never enter private property without the landowner’s permission. Respect the interests of and interact positively with people living in the area where you are birding.” If we all respect their wishes, hopefully we can regain this important birding area for next year. Thanks to everyone for respecting their wishes, and happy birding!