Not Exactly a Bald Eagle

Yesterday we visited Highbanks Metro Park in the hope of seeing the Bald Eagles that nest in a Sycamore tree along the Olentangy River. The landscape, without a cover of snow, has become a sepia tone, especially if the skies are gray. Fortunately due to recent rains fungi were making a good showing.  While we didn’t see the eagles, we were treated to sightings of numerous woodpeckers as well as nuthatches, juncos, titmouse, blue jays and chickadees.

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Pileated Woodpecker sightings made up for the absence of the eagles and this one, while not real close, did allow us to take it’s picture.

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Female Pileated Woodpecker, study 1, Highbanks, (Donna)

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Female Pileated Woodpecker, study 2, Highbanks, (Donna)

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Female Pileated Woodpecker, study 3, Highbanks, (Donna)

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.    .    .    and as mentioned above there were the fungi. Below are a few examples of the fungi seen.

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Turkey Tail Fungi on one of the many fallen trees, Highbanks

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Turkey Tail fungi, Highbanks

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“Fungi flower”, something we’ve never seen before, Highbanks, (Donna)

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Fungi, Highbanks

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Another view of Turkey Tail, Highbanks

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High Banks contains many mature trees creating an interesting picture when one falls.

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Fallen tree, Highbanks

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Finally, while walking in Griggs Park near our home, we continue to monitor the comings and goings of migratory waterfowl on the reservoir.

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Male and Female Rudy Ducks, Griggs Reservoir

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A lone Horned Grebe, (we were amazed to hear this one calling), Griggs Reservoir

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My wife was able to get this interesting lichen fossil composition while I was enamored by the ducks.

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Lichen and Devonian period fossils, limestone rock, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Our wish is that you will have a moment in the next few days to enjoy nature in your neighborhood. Thanks for looking in.

7 Comments on “Not Exactly a Bald Eagle

  1. I’ve never seen a “fungi flower” like that before either. Australia is one of the few countries that doesn’t have woodpeckers! ( Neither do we have hummingbirds, although we have species which look superficially like them, like sun birds which are in north-eastern Australia.)

  2. Pileated woodpeckers aren’t easy birds to get a photo of. I played ring around the tree with one for a good half hour one day and never did get a shot of it.
    You’re lucky to have fossils there. We never see them here.

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