Yesterday on one of our Scotland trip training walks we finally saw something we’ve been trying to find for weeks. A Herring Gull on Griggs Reservoir. Actually there was more than one. Don’t get me wrong they’re hardly a rare bird even in central Ohio. However, in the winter we predominately see Ring-billed Gulls so it was rather exciting to see a different specie on the reservoir. The birds may have been attracted to the same thing attracting the Ring-billed Gulls, plenty of dead but well preserved shad.
As you can see from the picture below the Herring Gull is quite a bit larger than the Ring-billed.
When we weren’t looking at the gulls we did notice some “spring ice” that had formed the night before when temps dropped into the low teens. Actually I’m sick of winter and it’s associated ice but the way the ice piled up along the shore after freezing in a thin sheet was fascinating so bare with me.
The below picture shows a tree we found growing right along the shoreline. It’s interesting “clumping” structure is not noticeable once it leafs out.
Further along we couldn’t help but notice what seems to be a fairly common lichen in central Ohio. I believe I’ve correctly identified it. The pictures represent an effort to learn more about these fascinating plants.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a picture of a Coopers Hawk as we headed home at about mile eight of the walk.
Unlike yesterday, today warmed up into the fifties and was very windy. As we walked the paths of Highbanks Metro Park with friends we saw several Blue Birds and then two Red Shouldered Hawks
Further on several Red Winged Black Birds were staking out their territory.
Finally, color is starting to emerge from the landscape.