First Snow Welcomes a New Bird

This time of year I usually wake up before daylight. It’s a great time for reading and sometimes a little writing in the company of a candle’s warm glow and a cup of coffee. Yesterday morning, glancing out the window while the coffee pot was making it’s usual gurgle, hiss, and spurt noises, I noticed snow falling. If they hadn’t checked the forecast most would wake up to a surprise as, with no wind, it was happening very quietly.


A light snow quietly falls in the morning darkness.


Later, at first light, my wife got up and said, “What a great day for an adventure. We should walk down to the reservoir and see what’s happening and maybe, if nothing else, we’ll get some good snowy landscape pictures”. While she spoke snow continued to gently accumulate on tree branches outside our window.


So after a hardy breakfast, we bundled up, and with cameras and binoculars in hand, set off on what turned out to be seven miles of exploration. I doubt we would have went that far, as slippery conditions meant it wasn’t easy going, except one interesting discovery was followed by another.


The neighborhood the trees were putting on a good show.


Neighborhood tree on a windless snowy morning.


Things were just as snow covered when we reached the reservoir.


Looking across Griggs reservoir


A scene that would probably go unnoticed without the fresh snow.


Small Creek, Griggs Park


Thinking that we might find some birds along the river below the dam we headed south and were greeted by a landscape totally transformed.


Scioto River below Griggs Dam


Path along the river below Griggs Dam.


Tree roots under snow, Scioto River below Griggs Dam.


.    .    .    and it was just as lovely further south.


Pool, Scioto River below Griggs Dam.


Quiet beauty, Scioto River


There were a few Mallards along the opposite side of the river but little else so we headed back north to take a closer look at what might be out on the reservoir. Our curiosity was rewarded. In defense of the following shots, sometimes it’s more about celebrating the discovery of a bird not seen before than the quality of the photogragh.

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Bonaparte’s Gull, a rare visitor to Griggs Reservoir. A bird we hadn’t seen before.

Horned Grebe with Bonapartes Gull

We saw a number of Horned Grebes but the gull seemed to enjoy keeping this grebe company. Perhaps it was hoping to steal breakfast.


A few other interesting birds completed the day.

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One of a number of Pied-billed Grebes seen, Griggs Reservoir


One of a number of sleepy Ruddy Ducks seen, Griggs Reservoir.


Wishing you all the opportunity to enjoy nature in your neighborhood.

10 Comments on “First Snow Welcomes a New Bird

    • When we were working we missed out on many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of freshly fallen snow. A definite advantage to no longer having a day job. From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:09 AM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “First Snow Welcomes a New Bird”   #yiv1891756449 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1891756449 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1891756449 a.yiv1891756449primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1891756449 a.yiv1891756449primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1891756449 a.yiv1891756449primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1891756449 a.yiv1891756449primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1891756449 | | |

    • Thanks!   From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:32 AM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “First Snow Welcomes a New Bird” #yiv2714169762 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2714169762 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2714169762 a.yiv2714169762primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2714169762 a.yiv2714169762primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2714169762 a.yiv2714169762primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2714169762 a.yiv2714169762primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2714169762 | | |

  1. Gorgeous snow photos!

    It’s interesting that Bonapartes can be found in good numbers at O’Shaughnessy Reservoir north of Griggs, but not so much at Griggs.

    • Thanks! We’ll don’t get up there as often as we should. Need to change that!  

      From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:15 PM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “First Snow Welcomes a New Bird”   #yiv2053938309 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2053938309 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2053938309 a.yiv2053938309primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2053938309 a.yiv2053938309primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2053938309 a.yiv2053938309primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2053938309 a.yiv2053938309primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2053938309 | | |

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