Ohio Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Ohio is a great place to watch and feed birds. Birdbaths, misters and drippers are especially effective in attracting birds, including non seed-eating species. Species that might be expected at feeders include: American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Mourning Dove. Each of these species is shown in the Nifty Fifty mini-guide.

The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Ohio. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Ohio. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

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northern cardinal

Northern Cardinal - Ohio State Bird

Bird feeding

Developing bird-friendly habitat in your yard is the best way to attract a greater variety of species and to support local and migrating species. Native plants provide food and cover, are more insect and disease resistant than non-native species, and may require less water. A list of bird-friendly native plants for Ohio is available by following the link on the left.


The Eastern Bluebird is the only one of the 3 bluebird species regularly found in Ohio.

The Eastern Bluebird has a pleasant, musical song and a similar easy-to-identify flight call. They are most often found in open woodlands, parks, fields, along golf courses and cemeteries. The can be found in suburban areas with adequate open space.


eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds

Bluebirds can be attracted to peanut butter mixes, suet and fruit. Raisins soaked in hot water to soften them are well received. The bluebird's special favorite is mealworms.

The Eastern Bluebird begins nesting in Ohio in early spring. One, two and sometimes three broods may be produced.

Visit the bluebird section for detailed information on feeding bluebirds or building your own bluebird house.


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits Ohio. It nests in the state each year, before migrating south. In a remarkable journey for such a tiny bird, it migrates across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year.


ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Visit the hummingbird section for details on attracting hummingbirds as well as images of all regularly occurring North American hummingbirds.

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in Ohio early each year, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Ohio. Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.


purple martin

Purple Martin - male


Ohio provides birders with a variety of exciting birding locations.

The birding section of this site has tips on birding locations and bird identification. The state-based birding information section provides additional birding related information.

Ohio Resource Information

Kirtland Bird Club

Appalachian Front Audubon Society
PO Box 67
Mt Orab, OH 45154

Audubon Miami Valley
209 McKee Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056

Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland
6505 Wilson Mills Road
Cleveland, OH 44143
Fax 440-461-8884

Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley
Canfield, OH 44513

Audubon Society of Ohio
3398 W. Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Fax 513-741-7926

Black River Audubon Society
304 West Ave
Elyria, OH 44035

Black Swamp Audubon Society
P O Box 7086
Defiance, OH 43512

Blackbrook Audubon Society
PO Box 1306
Mentor, OH 44061

Canton Audubon Society
P.O. Box 9586
Canton, OH 44711

Clark County Audubon Society
Springfield, OH 45503

Columbus Audubon Society
PO Box 141350
Columbus, OH 43214

Dayton Audubon Society
1375 East Siebenthaler
Dayton, OH 45414

East Central Ohio Audubon Society
PO Box 55
Granville, OH 43023

Firelands Audubon Society
P.O. Box 967
Sandusky, OH 44870

Greater Akron Audubon Society
P.O. Box 80056
Akron, OH 44308

Greater Mohican Audubon Society
PO Box 907
Ashland, OH 44805

Tri-Moraine Audubon Society
P.O. Box 5648
Lima, OH 45802-5648

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
4310 Bush Ave
Cleveland, OH 44109
Fax 216-741-1879

Additional resources

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