Northwest Ohio Birds


NW Ohio is a GREAT place for bird watching

The Bird Gallery

Red-breasted Nuthatch Summer Tanager Black Capped Chickadee
Red-bellied Woodpecker Indigo Bunting Baltimore Oriole

for easy ID of Ohio birds.

Northwest Ohio is one of the best places in the state (and some say the country) for bird watching.  Click here for a list of some of the best places in NW Ohio to watch Ohio birds. 

Northern Cardinal - The Ohio State Bird

Share Your Ohio Birds

Do you have a good bird picture, or a favorite bird watching spot in Northwest Ohio? Send it along. Your submission will be added as a new bird page on

The Spring Migration

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.

Read about the Spring Bird Migration in Ohio

The warbler migration is the biggest bird watching event of the year

Stay in Ohio for the Winter???

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. 

These include juncos and red-breasted nuthatches

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.


Ohio Birds of Prey

Visit the NW Ohio Birds of Prey pages to read about information on our raptors.  These include many different kinds of hawks and owls

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.

Unique Habitats - Unique Birds

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.

The Ohio Bird Gallery - Identification of Ohio Birds

Below is our ever growing picture gallery of birds that can be found in NW Ohio.  The gallery can be used for identification of different species of birds in Ohio. 

Bird Pictures - (Click on any of the the small pictures for larger images) 

Bird Sounds - (Click on the    once to play the bird sound for each bird.  Click it a second time to stop it early)

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Bird Picture Pages:   <1>  <2>  <3>  <4>  <ducks>  <warblers>   alphabetical list

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Oregon Junco
'Oregon' Junco

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper

House Wren
House Wren

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

House Sparrow (male)
House Sparrow (male)

House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrow (female)

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow

Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Wood Pewee

Bird Picture Pages:   <1>  <2>  <3>  <4>  <ducks>  <warblers>  alphabetical list

Most bird sounds are used with the permission of Tony Phillips (

Others are from Patuxent Wildlife Research Center  


Ohio Birds Checklist

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).


Downloadable Bird House and Nest Box Plans

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.


Other Great Bird Sites

- Click here for a great site about bird feeding and creating your own bird habitat

- 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.

Send along your favorite pictures of Ohio birds or other interesting bird information.

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What kind of bird is this 
I seen an all white bird in February about the size and body build of a parekeet in northwest Ohio seneca county

Mystery Bird 
While at a gas station in our local community, a friend of mine came across this bird. She snapped a quick picture and sent it to me, asking what it was …

Mystery Bird 
I was playing around with a new lense today and this little bird was literally hopping around the logs. Any ideas? Not sure if that yellow under-tail …

Coopers Hawk 
I had seen this hawk and a mate hanging around the tree line behind my condo. I had been trying to get a good photo. I looked out one afternoon and heard …

Eastern Screech Owls 
These pair of Eastern Screech Owls made a home in the hollowed out cavity of a silver maple tree about 25 feet outside my bedroom window. They are difficult …

Bird ID 
Just wanted to know if someone can identify this bird for me.

I finally got a picture of an eagle. I think they are amazing!

Mockingbird with a Major attitude!!! 
My father has had bird feeders set up on his Columbus downtown building for many years. He is active in bird watching, and also has over 40 blue birds …

Another bird ID 
Also if possible would like to know the birds roosting with the Bald Eagles

taking a break 
can you please help me identify this little guy

Hawk on a Limb 
I am confined to my bed 90 percent of the time due to illness but my bed is next to a large window. Outside that window is a large dead tree. A few …

Bird Identification 
Could someone please help me identify the bird on the left?

whitetail fawn 
I almost stepped on one a few days earlier in the marsh but didn't get a picture. this one was taken in Rich Creek, Virginia.

Bird watching 
I love photographing birds. I have several favorite spots at my house. I have just begun trying to identify birds. I love websites like this one to help …

Hairy (left) and Downy Woodpeckers (both males) 
I bet most Ohio birders know these guys, but how often do you get to see them posing together? I like that black line bisecting the Hairy's red patches. …

Another Mystery Bird 
I'd say this was about Towhee sized, but I thought the tail wasn't long enough. Any ideas?

Mystery Warbler Du Jour 
A pair of these were around our feeder today, morning and afternoon. I was lucky when one landed right outside our kitchen window. I have trouble identifying …

Help needed!  
We live in northeast ohio. This bird was here for the summer and we cant find another one like it anywhere! We would love to know what it is. …

Indepedence State Dam-Defiance OH 
Love to spend pleasant summer mornings watching these guys patiently waiting for breakfast to swim by.....

Determined to identify a bird 
I live in Maumee, Ohio and I have been trying to identify a bird I've been seeing in my own backyard the last couple summers. It is a slate colored bird …

Hummingbird taking a drink 
I captured this picture of this hummingbird from inside my window stopping by to take a drink.

Can anyone ID this bird for me, please? 
I can't seem to find this bird in any of my bird books. I assume it is the female of one of my regulars, but I'm just not sure. Only saw it for about …

Two protected species in one random shot! 
January 2, 2012 I was photographing a flock of Trumpeter Swans that had been feeding in a flooded field for several days. As I was taking pictures, I …

Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Hello! While out enjoying the BEAUTIFUL 70 degree fall day today, I heard what I thought might be a woodpecker near the woods behind my home. I followed …

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Ring Neck Pheasant 
No big story, just saw it walking through our yard, in southeastern Ohio, outside Gallipolis, in early May 2010.

Canadian Goose in Flight 
In late January I stopped by a well known waterfowl hangout on the Blanchard River near our City Sewer Treatment Plant. The River there never freezes …

Beautiful Rose Breasted Grosbeak 
This beautiful bird appeared at our feeder this past Spring and stayed long enough to get some wonderful photos. We live on a 6 acre lake with a large …

Golden Finch 
My Sunflowers are attracting this Golden Finch and the Cardinals.

This beautiful bird has been visiting our yard all weekend, calling and perching in the trees. We're thinking maybe a broad-winged hawk, but not sure - …

Unknown bird 
Can anyone identify this bird spotted in Hinckley, Ohio? There is a tuft of feathers on the head. It is one of a pair that have taken up residence in …

Mourning Doves 
Guess you could say I collect “Louie the Cat” items for the birds and my flower garden. One that I have is a plaque that hangs against our privacy fence, …

Birds In Flight 
My favorite captures are birds in flight. I keep my ISO high, 400 - 1600 Best on real nice sunny days, 11:00AM to 2:00PM. I would love to have a f2.8, …

Sora Rail at Magee Marsh Ottawa County 
Magee Marsh is the place to go especially in May. With so many variables each day as to all migrants especially Warblers. The Sora is one of many that …

This guy has been visiting us during the summer months and only at night for the past 4 to 5 yrs. Finally tonight, I got a pic!!! Hes white, but they claim …

Mystery Bird 
We spotted this fellow at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Can you help us identify it?

american kestrels 
For two mornings now i have watched 2 american kestrels atop a large tree behind my home.

Hungry Fliker 
The Northern Flicker looking for food near our feeders on a cold, winter day in Ross country, Ohio.

Mr & Mrs Cardinal 
I feed the birds and I took this pic from my dining room. As you can see it was to cold and snowy for me to go out. There are many many more Cardinals …

Our Search for the Piliated Woodpecker 
Marilyn and I set out this morning on one of our favorite local adventures, a trip to the Cincinnati Nature Center. The C.N.C. is about a thousand acres …

I have seen this bird a few times in my neighborhood. It was even in my back yard once and my Great Dane tried to catch it. The bird was long gone before …

Black Capped Chickadee 1 
I'm not really sure what the different birds are but I shot them through my front window the past week. I'm looking forward to winter to see what else …

Yellow-Headed Blackbird (He's BAAACK!) 
Last year I caught just a couple fuzzy pictures of this wary bird one day, then, didn't see him again the rest of the year. Hoped I'd get a chance again …

Yellow breasted bird 
I was cooking breakfast and heard a loud thud, like something ran into my kitchen window. Sure enough, as I looked out and saw a small yellow clump on …

City Gardening 
I live in the city of Toledo. I love to garden to attract nature. Butterflies and Humming birds are what I like best. I love to photograph them when …

Humming Bird  
Was staying at our in-laws and had given my mother-in-law a Humming Bird feeder for Mother's Day. We put it up and within the day a family was stopping …

Oak Openings Mountain Bluebird 
This is a photo of the now famous bird that is visiting the Oak Openings area. It doesn't seem to frightened by people as it flew right at us & landed …

Coopers or Sharp Shinned Hawk 
We had just finished dinner and were getting ready to do a few things around the house when my wife yelled at me to get my camera and come to the kitchen. …

Can you help identify? 
I was coming out of my doctor's office in Fairview Park. Ohio. on April 28,2011 when I saw this bird that looked the size of a white-throated sparrow, …

Woodpecker 1 
Window shot

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Baltimore Oriole 
I saw this beautiful orange bird yesterday (Mother's Day, 2014) hopping from tree to tree in my yard! It was so bright orange I couldn't believe it! …

Young Turkey Vultures 
I found these two vultures sitting in a dead tree along a hiking trail in the Van Buren State Park upstream along the Rocky Ford Creek. I thought maybe …

Tufted Titmouse 
Through my living room window

Bird found at Silver Creek 
While I was photographing the pond life at the Summit County Metro Park in Silver Creek, this bird flew down and landed about 50 ft. from me. I tried …

Bird by mouth of Rocky River by Lake Erie 
Found this bird while visiting Rocky River near Lake Erie. He was tormenting squirrels. I have no idea what kind of bird this is. It is not a Blue Jay. …

hanging out Not rated yet
We live in northwest Ohio and love watching birds. Here's just a few to start our spring gathering of birds. :)

Would like info on a nest I found. Not rated yet
I found a nest in a buckeye tree in my yard. It is bag like in shape about 3" in diameter and 3" long, it is made up of fibers which seem to look like …

Unknown Warbler Not rated yet
Can anyone help ID this? I'm bad with warblers, if indeed that's what it is, there seem to be so many of them.

Sharing Resources Not rated yet
This last winter was brutal and feeding our birds was a great thing for them, and almost as great for us as we spent more time watching them than TV. …

Eastern Screetch Owl Not rated yet
The owl is getting use to me taking its picture. I was able to get a few more this evening.

Orioles 2014 Not rated yet
This must be the best year yet for Orioles at our house. A male came to our window before we'd put up the hummingbird feeder. I'm sure he had returned …

Wilson's Warbler Not rated yet
Do you think I've got the right ID? Books say it doesn't live here but could be a migrant.

Birds at Wildwood Metro Park in Toledo Ohio Not rated yet
Wildwood Park has a beautiful Nature Center with a viewing area to watch the local wildlife. You can watch, listen, and learn about the critters that live …

Woodpecker in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near Boston Mills Not rated yet
Got lots of pictures of this guy. It almost seemed like he was posing for us!

Woodpecker in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near Boston Mills Not rated yet
Woodpecker in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near Boston Mills

Bird ID Not rated yet
I need help identifying this bird.

Mystery Bird Not rated yet
We couldn't figure out who this was. It acted like a kid, looked sort of dopey. I now have an opinion but will wait to see what others think it is. If …

osprey Not rated yet
near Maumee Bay State Park

Black capped Chickadee Not rated yet
This little guy was posing:)

Red-eyed Vireo Not rated yet
Not often do I get to hear a new bird and see it at the same time. Throw in having a camera handy AND the bird isn't scared off, that's a rare opportunity. …

yellowthroat Not rated yet
I saw this guy in the marsh near Maumee Bay State Park.

Indigo Bunting Not rated yet
I think this is an Indigo Bunting passing through. Wish he could stay:)

Ruby-throated Humming bird Not rated yet
I believe it was this little guy last summer who would sit on a branch above the feeder and chase off the other humming birds who would try to feed.

Common Redpoll Not rated yet
Quite a flock of these at our feeder this mid-January weekend. My friends have seen them too. I think this one may be a female. I'm told the Plain Dealer …

Eastern Bluebird Not rated yet
Eating berries off my burning bush

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Northern Shrike Not rated yet
I woke up this morning and looked at my feeder. I use a wildlife mix, so I get a lot of finches, Nuthatches, Chickadees and Cardinals. None were around...and …

American Wigeon at Atwood Lake near Dellroy, Ohio Not rated yet
While pumping gas into our pontoon, we noticed a "strange mallard"...and upon listening to the call and looking at the slight tuft on the top of the head, …

Fawn Not rated yet
I was back cutting briars off that were hanging over a nature trail when I heard a loud high-pitched noise as I was zipping past to butcher my next thorny-victim. …

Everyday Peeps Not rated yet
I have several feeders in my backyard and enjoy sitting out and watching the birds. It is so neat in the spring to sit and watch them feed the babies. …

Pretty little finch Not rated yet
This house finch has such pretty markings. They can vary from a bright red to orange to yellow, but this one starts out orange on the top, fading to yellow …

Partial albino house sparrow Not rated yet
Although I live in Florence, Ky. it is considered part of the Greater Cincinnati area. I spend my days watching the birds in my yard or taking nature …

Birds Not rated yet
Red-Bellied Woodpecker and Northern Cardinal

Night Owl Not rated yet
02.19.12 - I grabbed my camera to take a picture of an amazing sunset, and I discovered this owl in a neighbor's tree!

Mystery Bird Not rated yet
We have seen this "family" of birds off and on this summer but we are not sure what kind of bird it is. Can anyone tell us what kind of bird this is please? …

Bald Eagle Not rated yet
I looked out the sliding glass doors and there was an Eagle eating a Catfish along the side of the pond. When the catfish jumped, the Eagle would stand …

Fishing the River. Not rated yet
A Blue Heron fishing the Blanchard River at the Liberty Street dam location.

Towhee Not rated yet
Seen at Oaks Openings in NW Ohio. And we believe we may have found its nest as well. :)

Turkey Vulture Not rated yet
This bird was part of a flock sited at Fairport Harbor on the beach near the lighthouse this weekend. I took this with a Cannon Rebel xsi with a 300 …

Leaving the Ice Not rated yet
Two Canadian Geese leaving the ice on the Blanchard River near Findlay, Ohio.

Eastern Saw-Whet Owl Not rated yet
We found this owl in front of our barn on the road in Licking County. It had been apparently hit and killed by a car.

Black Swallowtail Not rated yet
We recently visited the Butterfly House in Whitehouse, Ohio and enjoyed all the different butterflies they had inside. Then we went outside to their flower …

My Sunflower patch in my yard with a Goldfinch eating the seeds. Toledo Not rated yet
Goldfinches along with sparrows are eating the seeds from my Sunflower that I plant every year.

Hummingbird - Up Close and Personal Not rated yet
I just love the swing on our patio where I not only swing but watch for that next perfect subject. The hummingbirds always seem to know when to come around …

Common Yellowthroat male in Ottawa Wildlife Refuge Not rated yet
One of the most common songs of northern Ohio, I can hear them from my car almost daily as I drive hustle bustle to work at 55mph.

This is a closer view of one of the American Kestrels that I have been observing behind my house for the past two weeks.

spring love Not rated yet
taken at walbridge parks boat dock

In our back yard Not rated yet
Just watching the birds and squirrels today and found this Downy woodpecker eating the leftover black walnuts from the openned shells left by the squirrels. …

Yellow-Headed Blackbird Not rated yet
Not long after putting up our feeders just outside our kitchen windows, the birds started flocking. I'd been taking hundreds of pictures within the next …

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