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This part of Ohio is a major migratory stopover in the spring.
The proximity of Lake Erie to Northwest Ohio makes this area a great place to see migratory birds of all kinds. The southern shore of the lake in April and May is teeming with Warblers and other song birds heading to their northern nesting grounds.
Most people wouldn't think that Northwest Ohio is exactly a premier winter hangout. But some birds think so. Many of the birds which nest in the arctic areas come down to Ohio during the winter.
Birds of prey, like bald eagles, will stay along the Maumee River during the winter to fish.
Snowy owls can be found along the edges of Lake Erie in the winter. During the summer months these birds are way up in the arctic.
We also have established nests of bald eagles, and occasionally osprey can be seen hunting for fish in the Maumee River and other ponds, lakes or tributaries.
Other birds come to Ohio to nest because of the unique habitat that is found here. The lark sparrow is typically found west of the Mississippi River in open prairie areas.
Northwest Ohio is the only place in the state of Ohio that the lark sparrow can regularly be found nesting.
Bird Pictures - (Click on any of the the small pictures for larger
Most bird sounds are used with the permission of Tony Phillips (http://www.math.sunysb.edu/~tony/birds/).
Others are from Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Be sure to take your checklist with you on your nature walks. Ohio Birds Checklist (2.2 MB PDF File from Ohio Division of Wildlife).
Visit our page that has many different bird house plans and nest box plans. These are free downloadable PDF documents. Provide a good home for some of our feathered friends.
- The Scoop on Wild Birds and Feeders takes you away to the intriguing world of bird watching in your backyard habitat through bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses. Learn to attract the wild birds you want to see and enjoy their fascinating behavior.