State of Ohio

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Birding Ohio

Ohio’s list of 412 bird species includes 41 waterfowl, 20 hawks and falcons, 47 shorebirds, 30 larids, 12 owls, 10 woodpeckers, and 41 warblers. Breeding species on the list number 200. The state’s dominant geographical features include the Lake Erie shore along the eastern two-thirds of the state’s northern border, the associated plains in the north and west, and rugged hills, untouched by the most recent glaciation, in the southeastern quarter. Dense deciduous forest covers most of the hill country, and agricultural fields are a prominent feature of the plains. Wetlands, though much diminished from bygone days, are an important component of the birding scene, with the largest remnants lying near the Lake’s western end.

Winter birding is most exciting along the Lake Erie shore, with enormous gatherings of waterfowl and gulls. Spring migration, during which a day’s count can approach 200 species, takes place over a broad front and on a strict schedule. There are many favoured locations for watching neo-tropical passerines, raptors, shorebirds, and the like at this time. The variety of breeders differs rather widely latitudinally, with good reasons to seek birds in both the north and south. Autumn’s migration of passerines is more various in both time and space, with different places to find shorebirds, raptors, sparrows, ducks and geese, etc., and a lengthier time of passage.

Good birding can reliably be found in many locations at any season. Certain State Parks, many state Wildlife Areas and Nature Preserves, city and county parks, and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge are always of interest, and are generally good places to learn about Ohio’s bird life. Elsewhere, certain reservoirs, urban waterfronts, grasslands, woodlots, and the like are known to local birders as productive spots. Half a dozen examples of particularly productive areas are briefly described in the section below.

Ohioans are fortunate to have excellent sources of information for visiting birders and the very best source is local birders who welcome visitors. Like birders everywhere, we relish making new friends, and showing our birds to those less familiar with them.

Top Sites
  • Headlands Beach State Park

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    Headlands Beach State Park and Natural Area, thirty miles east of Cleveland, is also a magnet for spring and fall migrants, not only passerines but waterfowl and gulls. Here, marshes, sand dunes, open beach, and both open and sheltered Lake water invite an ever-changing succession of passing birds, and the area's list numbers over 300 species. Perhaps no place in the state is more exciting in winter for water birds when the Lake remains unfrozen.
  • Hocking Hills State Park

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    The Hocking Hills, in Hocking County in the south-central part of the state, harbour a rich array of breeding species from late April through August, accessible in scenic settings on trails on public lands. Several state parks here feature striking sandstone caves, cliffs, and ravines, and Clear Creek Metro Park has a fine range of unspoiled habitats, with damp and shadowy gorges, riparian areas, fields, and deep woods. A significant number of more southern species, unlikely to be found at places like Magee, occur here as breeders, and hence are especially noticeable. At the same time, some habitats in the Hills, such as groves of hemlocks and other conifers, harbour nesters normally found only far to the north.
  • Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area

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    Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area is dominated by grasslands and successional habitats interrupted by woodlots and reservoirs. While of interest during migration periods, this area in Wyandot County in the central part of the state draws most attention from birders during the winter, when numerous raptors hunt its fields and forests. Eagles nest, and several species of hawks are usually prominently present in good numbers. Owls of half a dozen species are easiest to find at this time, with the most thrilling encounters perhaps those with hunting short-eared owls at dusk over the fields. Other wintering birds such as shrikes, buntings, longspurs, and sparrows are as easy to find here as anywhere in the state.
  • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

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    Magee Marsh Wildlife Area deserves its international reputation as a spring migrant trap, due mostly to the spectacular concentrations of northbound birds near its boardwalk trail, accessible from the Crane Creek State Park parking lot. More than a few May days will bring 20+ species of wood warblers, along with Colorful orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, flycatchers, etc. Corresponding concentrations of birders help to ensure that no species goes unobserved or unshared here. The great spring rush of migrants is easily observed at other spots along the Lake as well, such as in the Lake Erie Islands and parklands to the east, or at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, though nearby Ottawa is most renowned in spring as a spot for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds during their migrations.
  • Oak Openings

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    The Oak Openings, protected in several Nature Conservancy preserves and in the Toledo parks system, represent several habitats unique to Ohio. Sandy ridges, patches of wetland, and several forest types constitute this area west of Toledo. This is a fine spot for observing spring and fall migrations, and several species of birds and butterflies breed only here in the state. Like those of the Hocking Hills, its richly-mixed habitats attract nesting birds from much further north and south than its latitude alone would suggest.
  • Shawnee State Forest

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    After a long winter, Ohio birders resort to Shawnee State Forest as an attractive place to see and hear the year's first migrants. Beginning in mid-April, numerous neo-tropical birds appear, many those of southern affinities arriving to breed, and by the end of the month birds heading for Canada are passing through. Very peaceful at this time of year, this mature forest rings with birdsong, and wildflowers in bloom are everywhere at one's feet. Nearby Adams County is dominated by the botanical treasures of its large Nature Conservancy properties, but here also are the most reliable spots in Ohio for southern nesters like chuck-will's-widows and blue grosbeaks.
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Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 433

    (As at October 2018)

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Useful Reading

  • A Birders Guide to the Cincinnati Tristate

    | By Robert Folzenlogen | Willow Press | Second Edition | 1995 | Paperback | 142 pages, Illustrations | ISBN: 9780962068584 Buy this book from
  • American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Ohio

    | By Ethan Kistler & Brian E Small | Scott & Nix, Inc | 2019 | Flexibound | 368 pages, colour photos | ISBN: 9781935622703 Buy this book from
  • Birding in Ohio

    | By Tom Thomson Indiana University Press | 1995 | Paperback | 320 pages, 9 illustrations, 40 maps | ISBN: 9780253208743 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Ohio

    | By Jim McCormac & Gregory Kennedy | Lone Pine Publishing | 2004 | paperback | 360 pages, colour illustrations, map | ISBN: 9781551053929 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Ohio Field Guide

    | By Stan Tekiela | Adventure Publications | 2020 | Edition 3 | Paperback | 332 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9781591939610 Buy this book from
  • Birds of the Lake Erie Region

    | By Carolyn V Platt | Kent State University Press | 2001 | Paperback | ISBN: 9780873386906 Buy this book from
  • The Birds of Hocking County, Ohio

    | By John T Watts, Paul E Knoop, Jr. & Gary A Coovert | McDonald & Woodward Publishing | 2016 | Paperback | 150 pages, 45 colour photos | ISBN: 9781935778356 Buy this book from
  • The Birds of Ohio

    | By Bruce G Peterjohn | Wooster Book Company | 2001 | Paperback | 640 pages, Distribution maps | ISBN: 9781888683882 Buy this book from
  • The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio

    | Edited by Paul G Rodewald, Matthew B Shumar, Aaron T Boone, David L Slager & Jim McCormac | Pennsylvania State University Press | 2017 | Hardback | 578 pages, colour photos, 446 colour & 5 b/w illustrations, 484 colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9780271071275 Buy this book from
Useful Information
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Festivals & Bird Fairs
  • The Biggest Week in American Birding

    An annual Birding Festival every May in Northwest Ohio: 'The Warbler Capital of the World'. Are you a brand new birder who's never been to The Biggest Week? So, you’ve decided that you’re interested in The Biggest Week and this whole “birding” thing. But where do you go from there? Beginning anything new can be a bit overwhelming, especially when it’s participating in the largest birding festival in the United States! Black Swamp Bird Observatory wants to assure you that it’s not as intimidating as it seems. With generous support from a first-time birder, we’ve generated a list of frequently asked questions to aid you in your upcoming birding experience.
  • Black Swamp Bird Observatory

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    The mission of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education and outreach. The bottom line is this: we want to help people fall in love with birds! People care more about the things they love, and we believe that connecting people to the joys of birding is the first step in building support for conservation. We provide opportunities to make a meaningful difference for the environment through our many Citizen Scientist projects, and to be involved in something regenerative; working together to safeguard our natural world for future generations.
  • Appalachian Front Audubon Society

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    PO Box 67, Mt Orab, OH 45154 - A regional chapter affiliated with the national Audubon Society, our group is headquarted in southern Ohio.
  • Audubon Society in Ohio

    Offices & Chapters
  • Audubon Miami Valley

    Our Mission: Audubon Miami Valley works to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
  • Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland

    Welcome to the website of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland. We are pleased that you landed here! We have loads of information on birds and birding with links to other like-minded websites. You will also find descriptions of our four sanctuaries and upcoming events – from speakers to outings to kids’ programs.
  • Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley

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    As a member of the National Audubon Society, you are also a member of the Audubon Society / Mahoning Valley, our local chapter. There are no local dues, and you will receive The Heron bimonthly. To find out more about activities of Mahoning Valley Audubon, contact any of our officers, or join us at a meeting…
  • Audubon Society of Ohio

    Our mission is to promote the conservation and appreciation of nature for environmental sustainability with a focus on birds, thorough habitat protection and education. The Audubon Society of Ohio (ASO) was established in 1897 in the Greater Cincinnati area, and was incorporated in 1900. ASO was the first Audubon Society organized in Ohio, and is currently a local chapter of the National Audubon Society.
  • Black River Audubon Society

    All Field Trips are free and open to the public. (unless otherwise noted) Dates and times are subject to change
  • Black Swamp Audubon Society

    P O Box 7086, Defiance, OH 43512
  • Black Swamp Conservancy

    The Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to protecting agricultural land and natural areas, now and for future generations, through land conservation agreements. We do this to preserve the rural heritage, unique natural habitats, and lakes and streams of northwest Ohio.
  • Blackbrook Audubon Society

    Blackbrook Audubon dates back to 1938 when Carl Newhaus, Kay Boothe, and others met at the "Blackbrook Creek Bridge." Around 1950, the "Blackbrook Bird Club", which held monthly meetings and was informally involved with National Audubon, and had been walking at Richmond Beach for 12 years of Spring Bird Walks, became the Blackbrook Audubon Society and began a more formal association with Audubon.
  • Canton Audubon Society

    Canton Audubon Society strives to meet our members’ varied interests in the field of nature. For some, the focus is on birds and animals, for others its on plants, and still others its on waterways and diversities of the land. For all it is an interest to enjoy, to conserve, restore, share with others, and to educate both adults and students.
  • Clark County Audubon Society

    Membership dues for Clark County Audubon are $20 per year. This supports our newsletter, meetings, Christmas Bird Count, field trips and other activities. If you are interested in joining please contact Doug Overacker. You can send memberships to Doug Overacker, 2532 Woodside Ave., Springfield, OH 45503. Send a check made out to Clark County Audubon.
  • Columbus Audubon Society

    With approximately 3,000 members in Central Ohio, Columbus Audubon is one of the largest Audubon chapters in the nation. We offer a variety of ways for members and other nature enthusiasts to learn about and enjoy wildlife.
  • Dayton Audubon Society

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    Our purpose and objectives are to engage in any such educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits as may be part of the stated purpose of the National Audubon Society of which the Dayton Audubon Society shall function as a Chapter.
  • East Central Ohio Audubon Society

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    The East Central Ohio Audubon Society (ECO-AS) enables Audubon members and non-members to meet, learn, work, and enjoy the pursuit of common interests in wildlife, the natural world, and the environment. Through sponsoring events designed to educate and stimulate the public’s environmental conscience, ECO-AS strives to facilitate citizen concern and action for the wise stewardship of our local, regional, national and global natural resources...
  • Firelands Audubon Society

    This group of dedicated and hard working individuals is the life line of Firelands Audubon. Take a moment see who's who.
  • Greater Akron Audubon Society

    Thank you for visiting the home page of the Greater Akron Audubon Society. We hope you enjoy the visit and decide to join us in some of our activities. As is common on the Web, these pages are continually changing. Each page should indicate the date of the last change; in addition, this home page will have dates for each of the subsequent pages. Better than average chapter site
  • Greater Mohican Audubon Society

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    The Greater Mohican Audubon Society consists of Ashland, Holmes, Richland, and Wayne Counties in North-central Ohio. The National Audubon Society recognized GMAS as an official chapter in May 1999. The bird chosen to represent the GMAS is the handsome Bobolink
  • Kelleys Island Audubon Club

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    n 1992 a small group of Kelleys Island residents formed the Kelleys Island Audubon Club to protect, preserve and develop natural habitat for the birds and wildlife that inhabit the island. The meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month May through October at Estees School on Ward Street. The membership has grown to 80+ members and each meeting provides an opportunity to socialize with a potluck dinner and nature related programs. Dues are minimal, at ten dollars per person and twenty-five dollars per family.
  • Kirtland Bird Club

    PictureThe Kirtland Bird Club (KBC) was formed on September 28, 1940 and has a long tradition of quality contributions to the Northeast Ohio Birding community. In its early years the club conducted monthly meetings, field trips, breeding bird population studies, Christmas bird counts, and wintering duck population studies. The objectives of the KBC are the serious study of ornithology with a view to increasing the knowledge of individual members, the exchange of ornithological experiences and records, the compilation and publication of important information on birds, and the promotion of good fellowship among its members.
  • Nature Conservancy in Ohio

    Working with Communities to Preserve Ohio's Last Great Places. Welcome to the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy! Here you'll find information on the many ways we're working with the people of the state and the nation to help preserve the diversity of living things by protecting the habitats - land and water - in which they live…
  • Ohio Bluebird Society

    The Ohio Bluebird Society was formed in 1987 to foster the return and the perpetuation of the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) and other native cavity nesting birds in Ohio. To this end, the Ohio Bluebird Society will strive for the best methods to use to conserve and create habitat for the protection of these species
  • Ohio Bird Records Committee

    Our knowledge of Ohio’s birds would be incomplete if we could not agree upon which birds rightfully belong on any list of these birds. All of us know the common species, but when it comes to the rare ones, opinions can differ in the absence of verified knowledge. Knowledge about the scarcer species is important: it may teach us about range changes among these birds, or provide the first warnings about threats to birds becoming harder to find locally or throughout their range. Similarly, evidence of unusual seasonal occurrences, nesting records, or noteworthy numbers of less common species is vital to monitoring their status in Ohio.
  • Ohio Ornithological Society

    The Ohio Ornithological Society, P.O. Box 14051, Columbus, Ohio 43214 - There is a rich tradition of ornithological societies around the world. Ohio itself has a venerable history of local organizations devoted at least in part to to birds: the Cincinnati Bird Club, the Kirtland Bird Club, Columbus' Wheaton Club, the Toledo Naturalists' Association, and others, including many active local Audubon chapters. But what Ohio lacked, until 2004, was a wider-reaching, statewide organization—one that would will bring local groups together, muster many important resources, provide a larger perspective, seek wide appeal amongst many constituencies, and represent the cause of bird protection for all. It was this general set of goals that was the genesis of The Ohio Ornithological Society, which was founded by a dedicated group of Ohio birders in the winter of 2004…
  • Toledo Naturalists Association

    Rare Bird Alert + birding news etc.
  • Tri-Moraine Audubon Society

    The Tri-Moraine Audubon Society is more than just birds! Our members belong for many different reasons. All appreciate the natural environment. Some are interested in reptiles and amphibians. Others in flowers, trees, and mushrooms. Others enjoy star-gazing. And some just enjoy spending time outdoors
  • Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

    Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society (WCAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Membership dues support public education programs and conservation projects.

Abbreviations Key

  • IBA Crown City Wildlife Area

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    It contains large populations of grassland birds. Of particular interest are the populations of Henslow's Sparrow.
  • IBA Egypt Valley

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    This lBA is a state wildlife area managed by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. It consists of a reclaimed strip mine area with the typical mosaic of ponds, cattail swamps, shrubland, and upland hardwood woodlots within the grassland matrix. The mix of grassland and shrubland includes as many as 5,000 acres of open grassland.
  • IBA Gilmore Ponds

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    Nearly hidden by an industrial park and an airport, Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve provides over 200 acres of marsh, ponds, and other wetland wildlife habitat. This wildlife oasis lies entirely within the boundaries of the city of Hamilton Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. Each spring and fall the ponds teem with migratory waterfowl and songbirds…
  • IBA Lake Erie Central Basin

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    The Ohio open waters of Lake Erie extending from the east side of the Bass Island Archipelago eastward to the Pennsylvania border, known as the Central Basin. Roughly 790,000 hectares. Counts of Red-breasted Mergansers have recorded nearly a quarter million birds which represents an extremely large portion of the global population contained within the basin at one time. These large concentrations continues to this day even though many of the routine surveys have been discontinued. Significant concentrations of American Black Duck etc...
  • IBA Wilderness Center

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    This site is owned and operated by a non-profit organization, including a land trust, focusing on nature education and conservation. It encompasses a large area of mature deciduous woods, coniferous plantings, open areas of planted grasslands, streams, ponds, and small marshes. The diversity of habitats provides excellent stopover characteristics during migration as well as good habitat for a large number of breeding birds.
  • IBA Woodburry Wildlife Area

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    A reclaimed stripmine with approximately 35% open grassland, 8% brushland and 57% woodland. This site has very high populations of several area-sensitive grassland species. 19,050 acres = 7709.54 hectares. The site has very high populations of several area-sensitive grassland species. It also supports exceptional concentrations of migratory landbirds.
  • NC Aullwood Audubon Center

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    Aullwood is an environmental education centre in western Ohio. We are an Audubon Centre of the National Audubon Society. Our goal is to promote the protection of birds, other wildlife and the habitats on which they depend. Aullwood offers both children and adults the opportunity to experience and appreciate the world through experience-based education. Come see our woods, streams, ponds, prairies, meadows, and our education centre and organic farm.
  • NC Cincinnati Nature Center

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    Located in the Eastgate area, just east of Milford, Rowe Woods consists of 1,025 acres of fields, forest, ponds and streams. This original Cincinnati Nature Center site boasts more than 16 miles of hiking trails for visitors to explore and enjoy…
  • NC Grange Insurance Audubon Center

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    Grange Insurance Audubon Center's mission is to awaken and connect participants to the beauty of the natural world in the heart of Columbus and inspire environmental stewardship in their daily lives.
  • NR Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

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    The park gets its name from the region in which it is located. Oak Openings Preserve lies within the larger Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio. The region hosts over 180 rare species of plants and animals. This is over one-third of all rare species found in the state of Ohio.
  • NR Preserves, Kelleys Island

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    With a land mass of twenty-eight hundred acres (four square miles) and almost eighteen miles of shoreline, Kelleys Island is the largest American island situated in the western basin of Lake Erie. Located three and one half miles north of Marblehead, Ohio, its latitude is forty-one degrees thirty-five minutes north and eighty-two degrees forty-two minutes west.
  • NR Springfield Bog Metro Park

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    Springfield Bog Metro Park opened January 5, 2011. Over the last few years, visitors have seen quite a change as more than 40 varieties of prairie plants have transformed the former farmland into a thriving prairie, creating valuable habitat for grassland bird species.
  • NWR Ottawa

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    The Ottawa NWR Complex is a major feeding, nesting, and resting area for migrating birds. The refuge preserves portions of the historic Lake Erie marshes and Great Black Swamp habitats. Ottawa NWR Complex is comprised of three refuges - Cedar Point NWR, Ottawa NWR and West Sister Island NWR. West Sister Island NWR, is Ohio's only wilderness area and is located about 9 miles offshore in Lake Erie…
  • Ohio State Parks

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    74 State Parks • 17 State Forests • 20 State Memorials 4 State Nature Preserves • 2 State Reserves • 12 State Wildlife Areas 1 National Park • 1 National Forest • 2 National Historic Parks 3 National Wildlife Refuges • 3 Metro and City Parks
  • SP Crane Creek State Park

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    Located on the scenic shore of Lake Erie, Crane Creek State Park offers a vast freshwater marsh and spacious sandy beach for enjoyment. This coastal environment is home to more than 300 species of birds. Herons, waterfowl, warblers, gulls and the magnificent bald eagle make this park one of the best birdwatching areas in the country.
  • SP East Harbor State Park

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    Large numbers of ducks, geese, gulls, terns and other migratory waterfowl delight birdwatchers. Middle Harbour is a game sanctuary where black-crowned night herons, egrets, great blue herons and other shorebirds find refuge. Furbearers in the park include muskrat and red fox. Hundreds of migrating songbirds rest here before winging north across the lake…
  • SP Headlands Beach

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    Headlands Beach State Park and Natural Area, thirty miles east of Cleveland, is also a magnet for spring and fall migrants, not only passerines but waterfowl and gulls. Here, marshes, sand dunes, open beach, and both open and sheltered Lake water invite an ever-changing succession of passing birds, and the area's list numbers over 300 species.
  • SP Hocking Hills

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    Here, in these sandstones and shales, one can read Ohio's history from the rocks. The scenic features of the six areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved in the Blackhand sandstone.
  • SP Shawnee

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    It is located in western Scioto County and eastern Adams County and encompasses 63,747 acres (25,797 ha) of woodland. It is the largest state forest in Ohio. As with many government owned forests, some parts of Shawnee are actively managed through logging and other activities. However, approximately 8,000 acres (3,200 ha) of the forest is designated as wilderness, with no roads or logging allowed.
  • WA Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

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    Most visitors park in the westernmost parking lot and enter the boardwalk at the west platform. Note that you'll often find good birding along the forest edge that borders the west platform and the west lawn and pedestrian road paralleling the middle parking lot.
  • WS Killdeer Plains

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    Owls of half a dozen species are easiest to find at this time, with the most thrilling encounters perhaps those with hunting short-eared owls at dusk over the fields. Other wintering birds such as shrikes, buntings, longspurs, and sparrows are as easy to find here as anywhere in the state.
Sightings, News & Forums
  • Ohio Birding Forum

    The Ohio Birding Forum provides a supplement to the Ohio-birds mailing list. Unlike that list, which is limited to discussions of Ohio birding, the Forum provides a place for you to discuss nearly any topic that relates to birds or birding….
  • Ohio Chase Birds

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    Closed Group (You need to join to view) of news etc for Ohio listers with nearly 2000 members
Guides & Tour Operators
  • Bird Treks

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    Bird Treks has been providing small group and custom birding tours for over 20 years. Visit their website to see the incredible tours available, including Ohio to try to see all of the eastern warbler species and other migrants!
  • Birding Ecotours

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    Birding Ecotours, a leader in small group and custom-made birding adventures worldwide, offers an amazing tour through Ohio to seek out all of the eastern warblers – including a stop in West Virginia for Swainson’s Warbler, and up into Michigan for Kirtland’s Warbler!
Trip Reports
  • 2014 [05 May] - Derek marsh

    ...Chose to visit Ohio, combined with a short visit to Michigan, after my brother told us that it was a good place for birding. We looked it up online and read that it was a good place to see and photo American Warblers. What we had read was not wrong as we had views along the boardwalk down to two feet and at time the bushes were alive with warblers. Although we had been to the USA before and already seen a lot of the warblers it was great to see them in their splendid summer plumage and in such great numbers...
  • 2015 [05 May] - James P Smith - Ohio & Michigan

    PDF Report the taller trees at the back of the beach we had our first couple of American Goldfinches and Northern Cardinals and overhead wheeled dozens of Barn and Tree Swallows. We also had several high-flying migrating flocks of Blue Jays – I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many at one time as on this trip....
  • 2017 [05 May] - Graeme Wright - Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Ontario

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    This was a short trip designed to get my first experience of North America Warblers and whatever else might be around...
  • 2018 [05 May] - Richard Amabale

    ...May 5th: An early start to Spring Valley Wildlife Area, wetland and marshy-forest. After our picnic meal lunch, we covered the beach area and surroundings of Caesar Creek State Park. Then we drove to Sharon Woods Park...
  • 2022 [05 May] - Bryan Shirley

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    ...We were all excited to be birding, so a few minutes from the hotel the Rocky River Nature Center was perfect. The feeders held a few common species like Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, and Northern Cardinal...
  • 2023 [05 May] - Rick Weiman

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    Annotated list
  • 2023 [05 May] - Sarah Preston - Northwest Ohio

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    Jim and Traci from Colorado came to northwest Ohio for the beginning of The Biggest Week in American Birding festival. They were getting back into birding after a twenty-year hiatus and were excited to see the spring warbler migration as well as Ohio resident birds.
Places to Stay
  • Colonel Taylor Inn

    The Colonel Taylor Inn is a beautiful three story, 9000 sq. ft.Victorian Mansion located in the Scenic part of Southeastern Ohio. Our Inn is a striking example of Victorian architecture that captures all the charm & grace of a bygone era, with central A/C and all the comforts of today. Visitors will enjoy the history of this gracious Painted Lady as well as the opportunity to explore the countryside. Our Inn is located near many state parks, craft shops, antique malls, hiking, boating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and other winter sports
  • Lansing Street B&B

    This room had a wall of french doors which overlooks the courtyard with its fountain, many windchimes and lots of birds and, in the right seasons, beautiful flowers…
  • St. George House B&B

    The room layout is user-friendly, displaying some antiques and 1920`s furniture. When the weather is suitable, one can spot small animals, sometimes deer, and many migrating birds as well as our usual friends.
Other Links
  • BWD Magazine

    Based in Marietta; Ohio. Expert advice on birdwatching, birding, backyard bird feeding, bird gardening, bird identification, bird travel and cool birding products. The editors of Bird Watcher's Digest invite you to experience the joy and passion of bird watching and to learn the best birding how-to tips from the experts.
  • Birding News Around Ohio

    Rare bird alerts etc…
  • Birding in Cincinnati

    The Cincinnati Bird Club is devoted to the active pursuit of the pastime/hobby/sport - call it what you will - of birding. If you`re a birder, you know what it is. If you`re not, just look around here a bit, and then join us in some of the activities that the Bird Club or other organizations offer. Be careful, though. You just might get hooked, like the rest of us did, and find yourself spending entirely too much time on birds. An excellent site that doesn`t take itself too seriously.
  • Birds of Ohio

    Ohio's leading source for wild bird information since 2010 - Read more: - Birds of Ohio is a website about Ohio Birds that includes Bird ID's, feeding information, recipes for suet and sugar water and much more…
  • Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics

    Find the sound of your favourite bird, mammal, amphibian or insect in the BLB, one of the largest animal sound archives in the world.
  • Gerubco

    Mealworms, feed and feeders etc… Grubco was acquired by The Bug Company in March, 2018.
  • Ohio Birds

    Website is part of the network of Web sites. You can visit the Birdzilla Web site or one of our other networked sites for even more wild bird information
  • Ohio Hotspots

    Sites, reports etc
  • Ohio Rare Bird Alert

    The report below shows observations of rare birds in Ohio. Includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations.
  • Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman - Birding with Kenn & Kimberly

    Kim writes: I told Kenn I'd write his profile because he would downplay the great things he does. Now I'm wondering, how do I describe this man? For a woman who is REALLY into birds, Kenn is a total dream.
  • Bill Thompson III - Bill of the Birds

    My name is Bill and I am a bird watcher - Bill Thompson III is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest by day. He's also a keen birder, the author of many books, a dad, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant...
  • Dave Lewis - Birds from behind

    Somehow, I've become known for getting the wrong end of a bird more often than shooting the 'proper' portrait of our little friends. I try to wait for a nice profile, butt, it just doesn't seem to work out that way. For awhile, I was getting frustrated being the butt of fellow birder's jokes. Butt now it's become my goal when out birding. I'm sure I can use the term 'butt' a few more times, butt I'll quit.
  • Donald Morse - Donald the Birder

    Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio, USA. I started birding around the age of 12. I enjoy birds and the outdoors, especially showing young people and others the many wonders of nature. I have an AS in biology and may go for my BS if I can secure adequate funding.
  • Ethan Kistler - Nomadic Birder

    A lifelong Ohioan, I began birding at the ripe age of 10 when I literally woke up one morning and decided to become a birder. Since then I’ve worked field jobs from Ohio to Alaska, traveled to nearly 20 countries on 4 continents, and lead birding trips in Canada, United States and South Africa (where I also lived for two years). Previously the Education and Outreach Specialist for Black Swamp Bird Observatory, I am now a board member of the Ohio Ornithological Society.
  • Greg Miller Birding

    A birding site by one of the guys from The Big Year (book & movie)
  • Jim McCormac - Ohio Birds & Biodiversity

    I am a lifelong Ohioan who has made a study of natural history since the age of eight or so - longer than I can remember! A fascination with birds has grown into an amazement with all of nature, and an insatiable curiosity to learn more. One of my major ambitions is to get more people interested in nature. The more of us who care, the more likely that our natural world will survive…
  • Julie Zickefoose

    I'm an artist and writer who lives in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio. With this blog, I hope to show what happens when you make room in your life, every day, for the things that bring you joy. Strange...most of them are free.
Photographers & Artists
  • Photographer - Robert Royse

    Welcome to Robert Royse's photograph and birding pages - Stunning images and useful infomation including diary and trip reports.

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