Griggs Reservoir Beavers

One of the nice things about living in Columbus is that in a few minutes from our house we can be on Griggs Reservoir fishing should we so choose. For years we would ride our bicycles across the Fishinger Road bridge on our way out of town to the west and scarcely give Griggs a thought. But I would always see people fishing, mostly in Bass Boats, so a number of years ago I thought I’d give it a try.

This morning was one of those times that I decided to spend a couple hours fishing before chores around the house beckoned.  Loading up my 14′ Hornbeck with fishing poles, tackle, binoculars and camera off I went. While I seldom catch anything real big, I’m always entertained by a good number of Bluegill, Crappie, Bass and an occasional Catfish or Carp, all on ultra light tackle. This morning was no exception. I’d been fishing about 45 minutes when I noticed what originally looked like Muskrat swimming not far from the boat. Closer examination with the binoculars reveled that it was not to be a Muskrat at all but a Beaver, and a large one at that. As I approached closer in an effort to get a pic I was greeted by a loud tail slap and a big splash. We have seen signs of Beaver on Griggs over the years but  this was this first time I’ve  actually seen one on the reservoir and only about a half mile north of the Fishinger Road bridge. Pretty exciting!

After a couple hours of fishing my adventure was complete, to many Bluegill and Crappie to count, a few small Bass, Baltimore Orioles, Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, and a Double Crested Cormorant. Not to mention the Beaver.

All on Griggs Reservoir!

PS: Remember to double click on images if you want a better look.

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Double-crested Comorant

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Griggs Reservoir Beaver

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The Coves of Alum Creek Reservoir

In the spring one of our favorite things to do is to spend the morning exploring the coves of Alum Creek Reservoir. We often launch from the Cheshire Road Bridge area and head for one of the lake’s no wake zones to avoid the motorboat noise. Other than an occasional airplane overhead, or a train not far off, it’s pretty quiet. It’s a pleasant experience any time of the year but the spring with all the birds singing it’s magical. Below are some images from our recent paddles.

Pond Panorama - Alum Creek

Pond Panorama – Alum Creek

Great Blue Heron - Alum Creek

Great Blue Heron – Alum Creek

Baltimore Oriole - Alum Creek

Baltimore Oriole – Alum Creek

King Bird - Alum Creek

Kingbird – Alum Creek

Prothonotary Warbler - Alum Creek

Prothonotary Warbler – Alum Creek

Downey - Alum Creek

Downy – Alum Creek

Small Cove - Alum Creek

Small Cove – Alum Creek

Tree Swallow - Alum Creek

Tree Swallow – Alum Creek

Yellow Warbler - Alum Creek

Yellow Warbler – Alum Creek

American toads - Alum Creek

American toads – Alum Creek

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Very Large Ant Mounds and Celandine Poppies

Recently while hiking at Battelle Darby we noticed numerous very large ant mounds. What was going on? A guess would be that the large amount of rain recently had forced the ants above ground as they rebuilt their nests.

We were also excited to find two wild flowers that were new to us, the Celandine Poppy and Golden Seal, both of which were quite lovely.

As we continued our hike an old abandoned truck appeared contrasting with the new growth of the surrounding woods.

Finally a Wood Thrush entertained us for quite a while as we paused to listen.

Remember to double click on the pics if you want a better look.

Large Ant Mound - Battelle Darby

Large Ant Mound – Battelle Darby

Celandine Poppy - Battelle Darby, DMP

Celandine Poppy – Battelle Darby, DMP

 

Golden Seal - Battelle Darby, DMP

Golden Seal – Battelle Darby, DMP

Phlox - Battelle Darby

Phlox – Battelle Darby

Old Truck - Battelle Darby

Old Truck – Battelle Darby

New Life - Battelle Darby

New Life – Battelle Darby

Buckeye Flwr - Battelle Darby

Buckeye Flower – Battelle Darby

Wild Geranium - Battelle Darby, DMP

Wild Geranium – Battelle Darby, DMP

Trillium - Battelle Darby

Trillium – Battelle Darby

Titmouse - Battelle Darby

Titmouse – Battelle Darby

Stream - Battelle Darby

Stream – Battelle Darby

 

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Spring Pond

 

Wood Thrush - Battelle Darby, DMP

Wood Thrush – Battelle Darby, DMP

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