Late Summer Along The Reservoir

Usually we don’t think of August as a great time to look for wildflowers or birds. However, most would concede that it is a good time for damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies. During recent paddles in Griggs Reservoir we’ve seen beaver, mink and deer but none would pose for a decent picture.  Griggs Reservoir and it’s associated parks are premier locations in Columbus to experience nature. For many residents they are a short drive from home. Of course early morning or evening is always best if you’re looking for critters. Equipped with the required curiosity and a pair of binoculars below are images of just some of the things one might see in late August and early September.


Landscape Griggs IMG_3844ix

Afternoon view of Griggs Reservoir.

Turtle Red Eared Slider IMG_3873

A Red Eared Slider shares it’s space with a Canada Goose


Surprisingly it does turn out to be a good time of the year for some birds:



A Downy Woodpecker that seems to be sneaking up on something.



Black Crown Night Heron in a cove.

Bird Crow 090414 Griggs cp1

On a recent walk crows were everywhere. (Donna)


Immature Wood Ducks

Bird Cedar Waxwing left

Donna gets a nice close-up of a Cedar Waxwing


The Green Herons are relatively common right now.

Bird Catbird 082914 Griggs walk cp1

Catbird, (Donna)

Bird Great Blue 1 IMG_3851

Donna stalks a Great Blue Heron

Bird Great Blue Heron 1 profile 090414 Griggs cp1

Heron silhouette, (Donna)

Bird Great Blue Heron 2 090414 Griggs cp1

Great Blue Heron, (Donna)

Bird Great Blue Heron 082214 Griggs north cp1

Great Blue Heron, (Donna)

Bird Flicker Griggs IMG_3852fix


Bird Eastern Wood-Pewee  082014 Griggs cp1

Eastern Wood Peewee, (Donna)

Bird Ducks all in a row 082614 Griggs paddle cp1

Ducks on a log, (Donna)

and even better for wildflowers:

Flwr Yellow Floral arrangement 082514 Griggs walk north cp1

Sunflowers, (Donna)

Flwr Swamp Rose-Mallow over water 1

Swamp Rose-Mallow, (Donna)

Flwr Spotted Jewelweed 081614 Griggs cp1

Spotted Jewelweed, (Donna)

Flwr Small chickory flowers 081614 griggs cp1

Tall Blue Lettuce, (Donna)

Flwr Forget-me-nots 082614 Griggs cp1

Forget-me-nots, (Donna)

Flwr Chickory with bee 2 081914 Griggs cp1

Chicory, (Donna)

Flwr Blue Asters 082914 Griggs walk cp1

Blue Asters, (Donna)

Flwr Blue aster bouquet 090414 Griggs cp1

Blue Aster Bouquet, (Donna)

Flwr Biennial Gaura 081614 griggs cp1

Biennial Gaura, (Donna)

Flwr Arrowhead 082614 Griggs cp1

Arrowhead, (Donna)


Of course you would expect butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies:

Moth Tiny yellow 082014 Griggs south cp1

Tiny Yellow Moth (Chickweed Geometer per Sara, one of our readers), (Donna)

Butterfly Peck's Skipper 082014 Griggs south cp1

Peck’s Skipper, (Donna)

Butterfly Pearl Crescent IMG_3770use

Pearl Crescent

Butterfly Monarch 081914 Griggs walk cp1

Monarch, (Donna)

Butterfly Hackberry IMG_3746


Butterfly Eastern Tailed- Blue 090414 Griggs cp1

Eastern Tailed Blue, (Donna)

Butterfly Duskywing 090414 Griggs cp1

Duskywing, (Donna)

Butterfly Clouded Sulfur IMG_3870fix

Clouded Sulfur

Dragonfly Eastern Amberwing 3

Eastern Amberwing, (Donna)

Damselfly Marsh Bluet IMG_3731

Marsh Bluet

Damselfly Blue-fronted Dancer 082014 Griggs south cp1

Blue-fronted Dancers, (Donna)


Other things also have a unique beauty:

Mushroom Colony 090414 Griggs cp1

Colony of very small mushrooms, (Donna)

Spider Web in sunlight 082914 Griggs walk cp1

Web and sunlight, (Donna)

Lichen Lettuce 3 082514 Griggs walk north cp1

Lichen, (Donna)

Leaf patterns 081914 Griggs walk cp1

Leaf patterns, (Donna)

Landscape My Favorite Stump IMG_3849fix

My favorite stump


When not photographing wild flowers, birds, or insects there’s always a little time for catch and release fishing in the reservoir.

Smallmouth Griggs IMG_6941 (2)

Griggs Reservoir Smallmouth Bass


No dramatic colors yet but pleasant views just the same:

Landscap Griggs P1020290fix

Griggs Reservoir


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