Bobbing For “Hedge Apples”

A few weeks back we were walking along Griggs Reservoir looking for migrating waterfowl and we witnessed some unusual behavior by our resident population of Mallard ducks. At first it looked like a game, perhaps a Mallard version of water polo, but then we realized they were attempting to eat an object that keep scooting away , diving below the surface, and then bobbing up only to be nibbled on again.

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They went this way   .   .   .

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then that   .   .   .

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then around   .   .   .

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and back again

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It turned out to be the bright green barely floating fruit of an Osage Orange tree or what is sometimes referred to as a “hedge apple”. Apparently a somewhat tasty morsel to the ducks because they keep up their efforts as long as we watched.

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Meanwhile one of the objects of our quest looked on.

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“What are those Mallards doing anyway?”, Ruddy Duck, Griggs Reservoir

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“Perhaps the other side of the lake will be quieter”, Ruddy Duck, Griggs Reservoir

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A few days later on another outing along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam, as I looked for Bald Eagles, my wife was able to get some interesting shots of fungi.

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“Furry Fungi”, Donna

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Patterns in wood, (Donna)

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Mushroom Cluster, (Donna)

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Mushrooms on a log, (Donna)

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Another group, (Donna)

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Contrasting colors, (Donna)

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Finally, yesterday, after several rainy cloudy days, sunshine meant a hike at Battelle Darby Metro Park in the hopes of observing some bird activity. Perhaps we would even see a Northern Harrier.  While no harriers presented themselves, we did see a Kestrel, and a Bald Eagle both of which eluded the cameras lens. However, a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk did pose for us.

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Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, study 1, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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study 2

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study 3

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study 4

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study 5

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A Coopers Hawk wasen’t quite as cooperative.

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Coopers Hawk, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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.    .    .    and no trip into the central Ohio woods this time of the year is complete unless we see our friends the Golden Crowned Kinglets who often when seen are in the company of Chickadees, Titmouse and Nuthatches.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, (Donna)

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Golden-crowned Kinglet, (Donna)

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

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That’s about it for this post. Hope you all have a chance to get out and enjoy nature in the coming days. Thanks for looking in.

7 Comments on “Bobbing For “Hedge Apples”

  1. Fabulous fungi shots! Ducks could keep me entertained for hours. It’s quite soothing and sometimes amusing to watch them. 🙂

    • Ba, We have never bothered to figure that out. We just enjoy looking! Bob    From: Central Ohio Nature To: motobobp@yahoo.com Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:47 AM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “Bobbing For Hedge Apples” #yiv1745148315 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1745148315 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1745148315 a.yiv1745148315primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1745148315 a.yiv1745148315primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1745148315 a.yiv1745148315primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1745148315 a.yiv1745148315primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1745148315 WordPress.com | | |

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