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Wishful Thinking!

The first checklist of Ohio birds was published by Jared Kirtland in 1838, and included 222 species. In 1968, ornithologist Milton B. Trautman produced a list reporting 344 naturally occurring species. Bruce Peterjohn’s book Birds of Ohio appeared in 1987 and included 387 species. The Ohio state checklist currently stands at 425 species, and it will keep growing. One or two new birds are added to the Ohio list each year on average. The following species have been reported in adjacent states multiple times, but have not yet appeared in Ohio. Lake Erie and its immediate environs have produced an inordinate number of first state record birds. Keep your binoculars clean and your eyes peeled!

  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Band-rumped Storm-Petre
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Dovekie
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher
  • Great Cormorant
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Inca Dove
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Roseate Tern
  • Sage Thrasher
  • Slaty-backed Gull
  • Virginia’s Warbler
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Yellow-billed Loon