A Winter Bird

It’s mid November and the winter birds, migrants from further north, are taking up residence in Columbus. One of our favorite places to look for them is along Griggs Reservoir. As mentioned in previous posts, it’s a six mile hike  (round trip) from our house so we get a little exercise and also get to look for any creatures that might feel like showing themselves.

Along the reservoir we couldn’t help but notice the leaf bare Sycamores with their white bark highlighted against the blue sky.

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Sycamore

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Looking back at the same tree from the opposite direction. What a difference light makes.

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As we continue on along the reservoir there are the usual suspects, Great Blue Herons and Mallard Ducks.

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Great Blue Heron, Donna

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Great Blue Heron in flight, Donna

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Mallards

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When it didn’t look as though we would be rewarded with anything special in the way of birds, we spent some time looking for fossils. The fossils we see in the shoreline rocks are from the Devonian Period about 350 million years ago.

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Assorted fossils

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Fossil 2

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Fossil 3, Donna

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Fossils, 4

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We continued on, looking for a Chickadee or Titmouse which might be part of a flock that could contain something less common. Seeing a few birds in the tree tops, I get excited and train my binoculars on them. They turned out to be Gold Finches. Meanwhile my wife is enthusiastically whispering about something and I assume she must be looking at the same birds. Looking away from my binoculars I realize she is excited about something flitting around in the nearby shoreline brush.

Forgetting about the treetop birds, I join her as we both peer intently into the brush and are rewarded with great views of Golden Crown Kinglets, a winter resident in our area. How a bird, that essentially weighs the same as a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, can get two adults so excited is hard to explain, but the little guys sure made our day.

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Golden Crown Kinglet

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Golden Crown Kinglet 2

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Golden Crown Kinglet 3

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Golden Crown Kinglet 4, Donna

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Thanks for stopping by.

4 Comments on “A Winter Bird

  1. What a great place to live so close too! I can understand perfectly how a little bird can get two adults so excited-it happens to me when I see lichens or mushrooms or an unknown plant. All of nature is exciting, I think. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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