Looking for Birds But Not Warblers

It’s late March in central Ohio and the last few days we’ve occupied ourselves looking for whatever birds we could find. Rather than travelling far afield, we’ve enjoyed staying close to home and discovering all that we can along the Scioto River and Griggs and O’Shaughnessy Reservoirs. The early spring warblers haven’t yet started moving through in any appreciable numbers so what are we seeing?

A few days ago while patrolling the Griggs Park for Loons we came across a immature Bald Eagle being harassed by crows. Unfortunately, by the time the camera was ready for action, the eagle decided it had had enough of the crows and was flying off.

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Immature Bald Eagle, Griggs Park

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Immature Bald Eagle saying goodbye to the crows, Griggs Park

 

Not long after that we saw our first Great Egret of the year.

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Great Egret, Griggs Reservoir

Double-crested Cormorants have also just arrived.

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Double-crested Cormorants conversing, Griggs Reservoir

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A short conversation, Double-crested Cormorants, Griggs Reservoir

While I was busy taking pictures of birds that were either too far away or moving too fast for a really great picture, my wife got lovely pictures of a Downey Woodpecker and a Great Blue Heron.

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Downy Woodpecker, Griggs Park (Donna)

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Great Blue Heron, Griggs Park, (Donna)

 

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Gulls enjoying the warm sun on a cool spring day, Griggs Reservoir

Today, driving north along O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, we were fortunate to see Canvasbacks and there were even some other “bonus ducks” in the mix. However, the birds being pretty far from shore resulted in images that are not of the highest quality.

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Hooded Mergansers making a getaway, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

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Hooded Mergansers take flight, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

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Canvasbacks, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

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Ring-necked Ducks, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

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American Coots, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

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Greater Scaups, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

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Canvasbacks, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

Finally, the latest addition to my birding equipment is the “Bird Bike”. It allows more ground to be covered but when something of interest is spotted it’s easy to stop and hop off.

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Bird Bike

6 Comments on “Looking for Birds But Not Warblers

  1. Bob, Don’t send the warblers up here quite yet. We just received 5 new inches of snow on top of 18 old inches. We’re worried about the soon-to-arrive Piping Plovers. They’ll find only an iced-up Lake Michigan and frozen beaches for nesting. — Lou

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