There are 3690 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County

Tom Kruse Wildlife Conservation Park
The Tom Kruse Wildlife Conservation Park consists of approximately 80 acres with significant wildlife habitat, gently rolling meadows, a wooded ravine, and a pond. There is public access for fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature study and more. This park is situated in Montgomery Township at the intersection of OH-60 and County Road 1754, not far from Byers Woods.

Delaware County

Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center
Resurrection Cemetery is located just north of Columbus and Worthington on US-23. Thanks to Kevin Coffman for suggesting this hotspot.

Greene County

Creekside Trail–Xenia
The Creekside Trail along Shawnee Creek in Xenia goes north from the center of Xenia and passes several parks. Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this additional hotspot along the Creekside Trail.

James Ranch Park
The gardens at James Ranch, cared for by the OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardeners, feature perennial, enabling, and vegetable gardens. The four-acre park features the James family home, a nineteenth century Italianate farmhouse with a springhouse and pond. The park is an access to the Creekside Trail. Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Huron County

Exchange Road–US-250 to OH-162
Exchange Road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. The grasslands adjacent to Exchange Road are designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Aside from the interesting woodlot in the middle of the stretch of road and a swale that crosses the road, the entire block contains planted farm fields. It appears that the owners have abandoned any attempts to turn this into grassland.

Fairlawn Park
Photo by Kathy Mock

Lucas County

Anchor Point Road
Anchor Point Road parallels Williams Ditch and ends at Anchor Point Marina. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Summit County

Fairlawn Park
Fairlawn Park is located on Ridgewood Road and houses a Community Garden and Soccer Fields. Smith Ditch flows through Fairlawn Park. Part of a wetland restoration project, there is a wildlife viewing deck overlooking the wetland. The deck is accessed from a trail at the end of the parking lot adjacent to the soccer fields. Thanks to Kathy Mock for suggesting this as a hotspot and for providing photos.

Summit Bike and Hike Trail–West Highland Road
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Summit Bike and Hike Trail.

Infirmary Road
Photo by Alex Eberts

Vinton County

Infirmary Road
Infirmary Road traverses privately owned lands. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Alex Eberts for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Ohio Important Bird Areas

Most of the Important Bird Areas in Ohio are defined as a polygon in eBird. Just a few are not. Added links to First sightings, Last sightings, and High counts for all the IBAs where this information is available. This allowed updating the list of eBird hotspots which are within each IBA area.

Columbiana County

Hellbender Bluff County Park
Changed the name of this hotspot, replacing “Public Hunting Area” with “County Park.” When added to eBird, this park was managed as a state public hunting area. It is now managed by the Columbiana County Park District. Hellbender Bluff is within the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Lorain County

French Creek Reservation–Burrell Homestead (restricted access)
Access to Burrell Homestead is limited to guided educational activities. Added (restricted access) to the name of this hotspot.

Franklin County

Glen Echo Park
Added an annotated map and photo from the Ohio Ornithological Society newsletter. Thanks to Kandace Glanville for these additions.

County Pages

On each county page, there is a list of up to 10 of the Top Hotspots in the county with over 100 bird species reported. I update this twice a year, usually in January and June. I am in the process of making this update now. It is interesting to see how the list changes over time. For example compare the list in Columbiana County.