A Winter Waterfowl Invasion

 

One of the most exciting things in central Ohio nature happens in the winter when sufficiently cold weather freezes the reservoirs. As mentioned in previous posts, winter waterfowl from further north are normally dispersed on the large reservoirs around Columbus making observation difficult. But when they freeze the birds concentrate in the open water just downstream of the dam spillways.

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Today we visited the spillway just below the Hoover Reservoir Dam and had great views of Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Northern Shovelers, Common Goldeneyes, Lesser Scaups, Redheads, American Wigeons, and Ringed-neck ducks. It was fun to see other people out with cameras and binoculars enjoying the birds. Not something we would have probably seen 15 or 20 years ago. Nowadays there is definitely a greater interest.

(click on images for a better view)

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Spillway below Hoover Reservoir Dam.

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Female and male Northern Shovelers

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Male Bufflehead

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Male Northern Shoveler

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Shovelers and Redheads

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Northern Shoveler and Lesser Scaup

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Immature male Northern Shoveler

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American Wigeons

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Male and female Northern Shovelers

 

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Redheads

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A couple of days before our trip to Hoover we visited one of our usual haunts, the area along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam, and saw a immature Bald Engle, Common Goldeneyes and Hooded Mergansers. Being close to home this location has become our “go to area”  as we can almost always count on seeing something of interest.

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Immature Bald Eagle, study 1

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Immature Bald Eagle, study 2

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Hooded Mergansers

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Common Goldeneyes

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Thanks for looking in

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