Bald Eagles and a Kinglet Celebration

During the last few days while travelling the highways and byways of central Ohio we managed to see three mature Bald Eagles in flight. Perhaps I’m easily amused but, given a childhood growing up in Michigan where I never once saw a Bald Eagle, and the fact that Ohio isn’t usually considered a hotbed for eagle activity, I found this pretty exciting.  Since this was holiday related travel we didn’t have suitable photographic equipment with us. But even if we had, it all happened very quickly so I doubt we would have gotten much of a photograph. One sighting was near Dayton and the other two were just southwest of Wooster.  In neither case were there sizable bodies of water nearby so it’s not clear what the birds were doing.


Recently while hiking along the Scioto just below Griggs Dam we were greeted by Golden Crowned Kinglets (a winter visitor from points north). The two or three that we saw came very close and seemed oblivious to us as they went about their business. We were enchanted. Due to the rapidity and total unpredictability of their movement, I opted to just enjoy the view. However, my wife, always up for a challenge, decided to try and get a few shots with her Panasonic FZ150 on burst mode. Below are the results.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet, study 1, (Donna)

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Golden-crowned Kinglet, study 2, (Donna)

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Golden-crowned Kinglet, study 3, (Donna)


During the excitement a Great Blue Heron was watching from a safe distance along the river’s edge.


Great Blue Heron, Scioto River


Later, after spending some time along the river, we investigated the reservoir and found isolated groups of Ruddy Ducks and what appeared to be a lone Green-winged Teal (not a Blue as originally thought, thanks Lou!) and not a particularly common bird on the reservoir.

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Male Ruddy Duck, Griggs Reservoir (A little far away for a decent shot)

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Female Ruddy Duck, Griggs Reservoir

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Green-winged Teal, (it was much smaller than the Mallards nearby), Griggs Reservoir


All the birds were great to see but the kinglets definitely carried the day.


Tip: work off that big turkey dinner by taking a walk in nature and don’t forget your binoculars. You’ll be amazed by what you see.


Thanks for looking in


10 Comments on “Bald Eagles and a Kinglet Celebration

  1. Donna got some good shots of the kinglet, I’m going to have to try burst mode on them one of these days.

    I don’t know when you left Michigan, but I can remember when the first pair of nesting eagles were found in the lower peninsula in the late 1970’s and it made headlines. Now, there are eagles everywhere down here.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Bob & Donna!
    Always enjoy your excellent photos.
    I wonder if the small teal was a Green? I compared head photo using iBird app. The Green Teal has an eye line. Maybe someone else will chime in.
    We’re in Vermont visiting with Bonnie for the holiday.

    • Lou, You may be right because I was wondering the same thing. Hope all is well with you guys and a happy Thanksgiving to you, Kathy and Bonnie. Bob   From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2014 6:54 AM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “Bald Eagles and a Kinglet Celebration” #yiv4102003823 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4102003823 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4102003823 a.yiv4102003823primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4102003823 a.yiv4102003823primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4102003823 a.yiv4102003823primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4102003823 a.yiv4102003823primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4102003823 | | |

  3. There is a pair of bald eagle in the Eastwood lake metropark right in downtown of Dayton
    nesting since last year. I was there to take photo this spring but unfortunately the nest is on the fensed lake on another side of MP so I couldn’n get closed to them.
    In winter time they will fly over a second lake of the park where we can see. I plan to go down to Dayton when the lake freeze.
    Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:27:59 +0000

    • It is amazing. The pair nesting at High Banks Metro Parks is certainly not that far from Columbus.  From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2014 8:13 AM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “Bald Eagles and a Kinglet Celebration” #yiv4281723973 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4281723973 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4281723973 a.yiv4281723973primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4281723973 a.yiv4281723973primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4281723973 a.yiv4281723973primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4281723973 a.yiv4281723973primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4281723973 | | |

  4. These little kinglets are delightful little birds! And I like the warm colours of the background and their feathers. You did well to take such clear shots. I can understand how excited you were to see bald eagles. We have huge wedge tailed eagles here and I have never had the camera with me when I have seen them. One day I came across one feasting on a road kill and was able to get remarkably close (without a camera of course!) Eagles are such magnificent birds!

  5. Being recently retired, one of our favorite activities, as we get some exercise and don’t have to use the car, is to do an urban hike down to the reservoir not far from our house in Columbus, Ohio. Since we may walk six miles or more we usually take our relatively small and light superzooms just in case. We occasionally see eagles but it’s often when we least expect it and under challenging light, making a decent photograph a challenge even if we do have a suitable camera.

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