New eBird Hotspots
Thanks to Jackie Kellett for suggesting three local hotspots in New Albany.
Marburn Academy Field
The athletic filed adacent to Marburn Academy may be viewed from the sidewalk on Butterworth Green Drive.
New Albany School Woodlands Wetlands
The New Albany School Woodlands Wetlands is adjacent to the New Albany High School baseball fields and tennis courts.
There are two ponds in the natural area of Windsor Bridge at the Preserve condominium community.
Miami Township West Community Park
Thanks to Daniel King for suggesting this hotspot on the Great Miami River.
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail—McDonnell Trailhead
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
MacIvor Woods is 57 acres of woodland that has been perpetually protected by a conservation easement held by the Humane Society Wildlife Land & Trust. An entrance to the north end of the property is located adjacent to Kroger on West 5th Street and is also accessible from Emmaus Road to the south. There is a 1.2 mile nature trail that allows visitors to experience the natural beauty of this protected land. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. Thanks to Gerald Strosnider for suggesting this hotspot.
Caesar Creek State Park–Hopewell Day Lodge
There is a parking area right in front of the lodge and it can be used even when it is reserved because there are several public trails around the lodge. These trails follow the edge of the lake in an older growth forest with many oak and beech trees. A scope is not necessary as it is more of an “in the woods hike,” although you can see the lake at a few vantage points. Due to the old growth forest this area is good in the spring for warblers, cuckoos, flycatchers, thrushes, and more. This is also a good area for woodpeckers and the occasional roosting owl. Thanks to Jason Cade for suggesting this additional hotspot in Caesar Creek State Park and for providing tips for birding in this part of the state park.