There are 3529 eBird hotspots in Ohio.
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Focus on Birding Close to Home
Stay home, stay safe. Avoid unnecessary travel.
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has forced birders in Ohio to do bird watching close to home. Actually birding close to home is a good idea almost any time and in all seasons. Here are some thoughts on how you can use eBird and this website to help you with bird watching close to where you live.
New eBird Hotspots
Elk Creek Metropark
This beautiful natural setting provides views of the wooded hills and rolling meadows forming the walls of the creek valley while the open lawn areas of the park serve as recreation space for park customer/owners using the park’s 10 covered picnic shelters and multiple playgrounds for children. Hiking trails are routed throughout the woods and along Elk Creek, which runs the length of the park. Thanks to Mike Busam for suggesting this hotspot.
Zeller Park is 29+ acres in Violet Township in the northwest part of Fairfield County. Some of the activities you can enjoy at this park are playing on the sports/soccer fields, playground equipment and swings, birding and nature watching, photography, hiking or walking, dog walking, playing in the natural play areas, picnicking. Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.
During wet weather a skypool may form in the agricultural field adjacent to Hyde Road near Yellow Springs. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this hotspot.
Wildwood Cultural Center and Park
The 34-acre estate, filled with stately trees and beautiful gardens, includes hiking trails, barrier-free restrooms, picnic and wildlife area. Thanks to Joan Scharf for suggesting this hotspot.
West Milton Municipal Park
West Milton Municipal Park is managed by the West Milton Parks and Recreation Department. Facilities include a large playground area, shelters and picnic areas, a fishing pond (catch and release), rest room facilities, a boat ramp for river access, canoe rentals, large open areas, and a wetlands area. Thanks to Collette Lauzau for suggesting this hotspot.
Rotary Glacial Esker Trail
The Glacial Esker Trail (GET) is located behind the Mantua Village Water Treatment Plant, near the Upper Cuyahoga State Scenic River, in the southwest portion of Mantua Village. Thanks to Bill Grant for suggesting this hotspot.
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
T. J. Evans Bike Path–Harndens Mill to Reddington Road
We renamed this section of the trail to make the endpoint Redding Road instead of Cherry Valley Road. Thanks to Margaret Bowman for noting that the trail does not cross Cherry Valley Road here.
Paddock River Preserve
Added a trail map for this new park.
Adjusted the names of several eBird hotspots to remove the word Skypool from the name. These hotspots may be used to report birds at any time of year, although they are most productive in wet weather. We have many hotspots in Ohio where skypools may form. The information about skypools has been retained in the description of these hotspots.