Focus on Ohio Shorebird Hotspots

Baird's Sandpipers, Wilderness Road - Photo by Su Snyder
Red Knot, Conneaut Sandspit - Photo by Su Snyder
Red Phaloarope, Edgewater Park - Photo by Su Snyder
Buff-breasted Sandipipers, Wilderness Road - Photo by Su Snyder
During the fall and spring migrations and despite the fact that we have no “seashore” in Ohio, an amazing array of shorebirds visit the state. Lakeshores, mudflats, “skypools” in flooded agricultural fields, marshes, bogs, fens, swamps. There are many habitats in Ohio that migrating shorebirds use to rest and recharge on their journeys.


Timing of Fall Shorebird Migration
An article from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Muddy Future: Central Ohio Shore-birding
An article by Rob Thorn from Columbus Audubon website.

Tips for Tricky Bird IDs: Shorebird Edition!
An article from Madison Audubon in Wisconsin.

How to be Sure about Shorebirds
An article from Australian Birdlife with tips that work worldwide.

Basic Shorebird Identification with Kenn Kaufman
A video on shorebird id by Kenn Kaufman from the Friends of Malheur NWR.

Birding Drives

Two of the Ohio Birding Drives focus specifically on shorebird locations and are best done during the spring or fall shorebird migration.
Bellevue Birding Drive
Wayne County Shorebird Drive

Where to Find shorebirds in Ohio

Allen County
Bresler Reservoir
Ferguson and Metzger Reservoirs

Ashtabula County
Conneaut Sandspit

Athens County
West State St. Park

Auglaize County
Saint Marys State Fish Hatchery

Brown County
Indian Creek Wildlife Area--Greentree Marsh

Butler County
Ellis Lake Wetlands
Gilmore MetroPark

Champaign County
Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve

Clark County
Buck Creek SP

Clermont County
East Fork SP--Dam

Clinton County
Caesar Creek SP--Mound Rd.

Cuyahoga County
Sims Park
Wendy Park, Whiskey Island

Darke County
Woods Rd. Wetland (view from roadside only)

Delaware County
Delaware SP
Delaware Wetland Mitigation Marsh

Erie County
Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Franklin County
Bolton Field Airport--Public Parking Area
Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Geauga County
LaDue Reservoir

Greene County
Fairborn Marsh

Hamilton County
Armleder Park
Great Miami River--Lost Bridge
Miami Whitewater Forest--Shaker Trace Wetlands

Hancock County
Findlay Airport
Findlay Reservoirs
Oakwoods Nature Preserve

Lake County
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
Headlands Beach SP
Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve

Licking County
Hebron Fish Hatchery and Wetlands
Swamp Rd.

Lorain County
Lakeview Park
Lorain Harbor--Fishing Pier
Lorain Impoundment Lakeside Landing
Menards Retention Pond
Sandy Ridge Reservation

Lucas County
Howard Marsh Metropark
Maumee Bay SP
Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area

Marion County
Big Island Wildlife Area

Meigs County
Wilson Wetlands Wildlife Area

Mercer County
Mercer Wildlife Area

Montgomery County
Carillon Historical Park
Veterans Park, Dayton
Englewood MetroPark

Ottawa County
East Harbor SP
South Bass Island--Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve

Pickaway County
Deer Creek SP

Sandusky County
Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area

Stark County
Berlin Mudflats

Trumbull County
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area

Union County
Marysville Upground Reservoir

Vinton County
Lake Hope SP

Warren County
Caesar Creek SP--Beach Area

Wayne County
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area
Overton Rd. Ponds
Prairie Lane Wetlands
Shreve Fish Pond
Wilderness Rd.

Wyandot County
Upper Sandusky Reservoir #1
Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2