Winter and an Unlikely Bird

 

Yesterday we decided to check out the area below Griggs Dam for eagles or whatever else might show itself. We drove to the park rather than walked as we wanted to use our “bird cameras” which are a bit of a chore to carry six miles.  No sooner had we parked the car it started to snow. Not just snow but wind. It swirled around the car as we got our equipment ready. Better try to tuck this 500 mm lens under my coat as I don’t think Canon said anything about it being snow/water proof!

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts our explorations often involve picking up and removing trash from the areas we visit. Trash and dumping seems to be the plight of parks especially in the city. On this day our efforts involved lassoing and dragging a large Sony Trinitron TV up a hill and out of the woods. The park guys are great about doing the rest if the item is left adjacent to a trash container. The TV was more work than I expected as it was very heavy. But these efforts are always worthwhile, and this one was no exception. Now when we explore this area, we’ll be greeted by trees, birds, and other wildlife not a Sony Trinitron!

With the unsavory part out of the way we continued our exploration of the area along the river in, colder than the thermometer indicated, blowing snow. The light didn’t inspire pictures but my wife managed to get some interesting shots of ice formations and designs in the wood of decaying trees and I some nice shots of a Tufted Titmouse. . Beautiful landscapes were not the order of the day.

Tufted Titmouse fluffed up against the cold.

Tufted Titmouse fluffed up against the cold.

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Ice Sculpture, Donna

Ice Sculpture, Donna

Designs in Wood, Donna

“Here’s Looking at You” designs in Wood, Donna

Ice along the river, Donna

Ice along the river, Donna

Today the reservoir was again frozen over so a return visit was in order to finish cleaning up glass from the TV and to see if we could spot any interesting waterfowl or, maybe just maybe, an eagle! But exploring nature, even in the city, is always full of surprises. No eagles were seen and the waterfowl were just starting to regroup in the river. However, we did see six Red-tailed Hawks circling over head. We’re they getting ready to mate? We also continued to see Golden-crowned Kinglets, but the real surprise was a Hermit Thrush, a bird we never would have expected to see here in the winter. Pretty exciting!

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Red-tailed Hawks soar overhead, two of about six.

Hermit Thrush along the Scioto in January

Hermit Thrush along the Scioto

Hooded Mergansers returned to the river after the reservoir iced over.

Hooded Mergansers returned to the river after the reservoir iced over.

Lichen and Devonian Fossils, fossils in upper left hand corner.

Lichen and Devonian Fossils on rock face, fossils on the left.

Scioto River Landscape

Scioto River Landscape

A gathering of waterfowl on the Scioto

A gathering of waterfowl on the Scioto

A Carolina Wren greeted us as we arrived home.

A Carolina Wren greeted us as we arrived home.

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