Searching for Warblers by Canoe

This morning we decided to canoe the shoreline of Alum Creek Reservoir and look for warblers. After it leafs out, we’ve found this to be a great way to see birds while enjoying a day on the water.. When hiking a trail through the woods your line of sight can become very limited as the season progresses but paddling a shoreline can provide an unobstructed view of  the trees and brush as the birds move in and out of view.

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It was a beautiful cool clear day, a little windy but the blue sky was dotted with puffy white clouds. The excitement started before we even got into the canoe with the unusual sighting of two deer swimming across a rather wide part of the reservoir.

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Below is a map of our route of about six and one half miles:

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Alum Creek Reservoir Paddling Route

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Exploring the many coves is a big part of the draw. Sometimes we’re able to beach the boat and explore on foot:

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Pullout, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Exploring on foot, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Pond, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Is wasn’t long before we spotted Yellow Warblers which nest in the area and are fairly common this time of the year:

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Yellow Warbler, Alum Creek Reservoir, study 1, (Donna)

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Yellow Warbler, Alum Creek Reservoir, study 2

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Yellow Warbler, Alum Creek Reservoir, study 3

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Sometimes it’s just about enjoying a beautiful secluded cove:

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Cove, Alum Creek Reservoir

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There were other birds, including Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Ducks, Green and Great Blue Herons, and Osprey, but only the following wanted their picture taken:

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Female Red-winged Blackbird, Alum Creek Reservoir, (Donna)

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Eastern Wood Pewee, Alum Creek Reservoir, (Donna)

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Kingbird, Alum Creek Reservoir, (Donna)

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Indigo Bunting, Alum Creek Reservoir, (Donna)

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.   .   .   and turtles, including Painted and Spiny Soft Shells, but only this one sat still long enough for a photo:

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Painted Turtle, Alum Creek Reservoir, (Donna)

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The early spring wildflowers are giving way those found in late spring and summer:

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Dames Rocket, Alum Creek Reservoir, (Donna)

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Daisy Fleabane, Alum Creek Reservoir, (Donna)

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Honey Locust, Alum Creek Reservoir

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A wonderful day enjoying nature:

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Alum Creek Reservoir

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