Mid-July and it was a perfect day for a long paddle on Griggs Reservoir. Temperature in the low seventies, little wind, with puffy white clouds dotting a very blue sky. The canoe seemed to glide along effortlessly.
Are we really in Columbus?
It wasn’t long before we started seeing birds. First it was a Kingfisher as we entered a cove.
A little further a Double Crested Cormorant enjoys the morning sun.
As does a Painted Turtle.
A little while later, north along the west shore we surprised a Red-tailed Hawk as it enjoyed breakfast. A bad day for the snake.
Continuing on north of Hayden Run.
Several Ospreys were seen just south of the 161 bridge.
In the same area a White Tail Dear made it’s way across the Scioto River.
A Green Heron plays hide and seek.
While in the north end of the reservoir we pulled out to explore the “wetlands area”.
As is usually the case, my wife was hot on the trail of any wildflowers or birds she could find.
It was hard to head back to our launch but we did have five miles ahead of us before we could call it a day.