The Bark of a Sycamore Tree

Showing their stark black brown skeletons against a gray sky, winter is not the most beautiful time of year for deciduous trees. However, after shedding portions of it’s bark in the late summer and fall, the Sycamore is the exception. At a distance the white bark of the Sycamore’s upper branches contrasts beautifully with the trees around it. Taking a closer look nearer to the ground, one can enjoy the bark’s endless patterns and textures.

Trees along the Scioto

Trees along the Scioto, can you spot the Sycamores?

Patterns and Textures

Patterns and Textures, Donna

Sycamore along the Scioto

Sycamore along the Scioto

Unlike today’s windy 15 degrees, yesterday was a good day to be out. There was little or no wind and the temperature was 20 degrees warmer. So with that in mind, we set off on our usual six mile urban hike with hopes of seeing some uncommon birds or maybe an eagle along the river. When not looking at sycamore bark we did enjoy investigating fungi and lichens growing on some of the other trees.

Fungi on fallen log

Fungi on fallen log, Donna

Lichen

Lichen

Fungi and lichen on bark

Fungi and lichen on bark, Donna

Bird Tracts in Snow

Crow tracks in Snow, Donna

Baltimore Oriole Nest

Abandoned Baltimore Oriole Nest

We saw Hooded Mergansers and Mallard Ducks in the river and even Kinglets, Chickadees, Hairy Woodpeckers, and Tufted Titmouse along it, but no eagle. It looked as though it was going to be a routine day. But that was before a Red-tailed Hawk swooped down and landed right in front of us.

Hooded Mergansers and Mallards

Hooded Mergansers and Mallards, Donna

We never could figure out what it was after as we never saw it eat anything. It did seem to be looking for or at something as it repeatedly clawed at or stomped on the ground. After taking some pictures we left it undisturbed to continue it’s quest. The day had been a slightly warmer so perhaps a chipmunk had ventured out and just made it to safety before it had arrived.

Red-tailed Hawk, study 1

Red-tailed Hawk, study 1

Red-tailed Hawk, study 2

Red-tailed Hawk, study 2

Red-tailed Hawk, study 1

Red-tailed Hawk, study 3

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Thanks for stopping by.

5 Comments on “The Bark of a Sycamore Tree

  1. Sycamores are my favorite deciduous trees because of their bark. Nice photos of them and the young red-tailed hawk!

    I could be wrong, but I think that some raptors, red-tails especially, hunt by sound occasionally, much like owls do. The hawk may have heard a mouse or mole under the snow and frozen grass, but not been able to get to it.

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