Six Spots for Bird Watching in Columbus, Franklin County

Bald eagles Annie and Apollo and their chicks sit in their nest near Dublin Road in April.

Are you a fan of the sound of songbirds? Or watch a waterfowl track through a pond? Or even see rare birds of prey?

Franklin County is home to as many as 341 bird species, and there are a number of “bird hotspots” in the Columbus area, which are rated by users on Birding Ohio, a site updated with tips from members of the birding community. Remember, if you visit one of these sites, be respectful of nature and the facilities.

Here are six of the best places for bird watching in Franklin County:

Bald eagles nesting on Dublin Road

Why go hiking to see a bird in the wild when you can see a pair of bald eagles from your car? The nesting symbol of America can be seen from the road along US 33/Dublin Road, across from the Dublin Road Water Plant.

From left: Zachary Amick, Jim White and Brazil Star watch the nest of bald eagles Annie and Apollo and their young near Dublin Road in April.

The couple — dubbed Apollo and Annie by a group of people who watch them regularly — have a new nest on the muddy south bank of the Scioto, just south of the busy Dublin road. Dispatch previously reported that the couple may have chicks.

Read more:Two bald eagles are back along the Scioto River in Columbus with their chicks and visitors

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