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Northern Ohio extending from the south shore of Lake Erie south to Mansfield is the largest watershed in the state.At the western end is the remnant of the Great Black Swamp near Toledo. Further east are the Lake Erie islands a stepping stone for migrants in and out of Canada. Further east past the Portage, Sandusky, Huron, Vermillion Black and Rocky rivers are dozens of streams and marshes that provide habitat for all types of birds. Forests of hard and softwood stretch along the coast.
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The area is resplendant in nearly all native eastern swimmers Bald Eagle, Osprey, harrier and falcon. The south shore of Erie is one of the best locations to see north-bound warblers and arctic birds ie Bufflehead, scoter, terns, Rough-legged Hawk and Snowy Owl.
All in all Ohio claims about 300 species of bird life including migrants and nesters.You can see 2/3 of that in the northern half of the state. Northern Ohio is a happy place to go birding.
Birds you can see here include:
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Further east past the Chagrin and Grand river which has rare population of River Otter are the dunes of Mentor headlands. Not tall dunes as one would find in Michigan or Indiana but long stretches of beach with back marsh. Not far after Mentor come the foothills to the Allegheny mountains and Pennsylvania.
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This area is an excellent area for rarities during migration. Southeastern Indiana is not on a major flyway but this area is an ancient pathway along preglacier river beds. The result is an unique location for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds following the Ohio River to congregate before crossing the Ohio prairie land to Lakes Erie and Huron and points in Ontario. During the summer the lakes form an area of major concentration of resting wading birds. Large numbers of egrets and herons can be found here especially during the evening roost. Beaver, Fox, Deer, and Coyote are found here. The birdlist for the area is over 280 species. See www.oxbowinc.org for a map of the area. Pros