"Almanac"--the word comes from the Arabic al-manakh, meaning "the calendar," earlier "the weather," deriving ultimately from ma-, "a place," and nakha, "to kneel," or a place where camels kneel, a seasonal stopping place, a camp or settlement. Coming as it does from a nomadic human society, it is a fitting word as we talk about our bird life, and their travels and destinations, all as they are influenced by the season of the year. Learn more about what birds to expect in Ohio as the seasons shift in Ohio.
We have compiled information on as many winter bird counts as we could find. You can search for Ohio counts by county and by an alphabetical listing of sites.
Welcome to the Site Guide section of the Ohio Ornithological Society Website! We think that you will find these site guides helpful as you explore the wide variety of bird habitats that can be found throughout the state, from the shores of Lake Erie to the Ohio River. We've provided three convenient methods to locate birding sites in the state: by a clickable map; by alphabetical search, and by county listing.
Checklists are indispensable tools in exploring the bird life of a particular site, for quickly reviewing the local status of any species, and for maintaining and organizing personal records. In this section, we offer links to various helpful checklists. We invite readers’ suggestions for new ones.