Griggs Park Birding, April 28th & 29th

My wife and I were looking at photos and talking about all the birds we’d seen over a period of 24 hours along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River just below the dam. These included a first of the year Baltimore Oriole and an Eastern Kingbird.

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As some of you that visit this blog on a regular basis may already realize, we tend to concentrate on several areas close to our home in central Ohio. This is partly to avoid long drives in the car but more importantly it’s a way to visit areas more frequently and become knowledgeable of their unique features and natural rhythms. Of course the drawback with type of focus is that there are many birds we may never personally see.

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Still when you consider that the below photos are representative of what we saw in late April, within the city limits, and don’t include the birds seen but not photographed such as; Red Tailed Hawks, Double Crested Cormorants, Canada Geese, Song Sparrows, Mallard Ducks, Kingfishers, Blue Birds, Downy Woodpeckers, and Ring-billed Gulls, it’s pretty amazing.

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Even if you weren’t looking for birds it’s a great time of the year to be outdoors.

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Griggs Park, early spring.

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But because we were looking for birds it doesn’t take long to spot that previously mentioned Eastern Kingbird in the top of a tree.

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Eastern Kingbird

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Conveniently a Red-bellied Woodpecker was nearby.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker perches beside it’s handiwork.

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The Yellow-rumped was the most common warbler seen.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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Just showing it’s yellow crest.

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Singing, (Donna)

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Palm Warblers were also about.

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Palm Warbler

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Singing, (Donna)

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A Blue Jay lands near by and is impossible to ignore.

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Blue jay

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.   .   .    and a White-breasted Nuthatch also asked to be noticed.

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White-breasted Nuthatch

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.   .   .    and then a beautiful Cardinal.

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Cardinal

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Okay let’s get back to the warblers.

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Pine Warbler, (Donna)

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Take two

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Hey wait those aren’t warblers!

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Turkey Vultures along the reservoir.

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A Starling peers out wondering what is going on.

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Starling

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In the evening we see our first Prothonotary Warbler of the year.

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Prothonotary Warbler along the Scioto River

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Singing, (Donna)

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While I’m looking at the treetops for warblers my wife is looking at the ground and notices flowering Wild Ginger.

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Flowering Wild Ginger, (Donna)

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A closer look at the flower, (Donna).

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A little further down the river a Great Blue Heron strikes a beautiful pose.

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Great Blue Heron

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.   .   .   and in a tree overhanging the river a swallow takes a break.

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow along the Scioto River.

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.   .   .   and then our first Baltimore Oriole of the year.

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Baltimore Oriole

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However, when not seeing it’s more “exotic” cousins we can always count on a Robin to entertain.

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Robin taking a bath in a pool along the river.

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. . . now let’s get the head.

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. . . flap those wings!

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Almost done.

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Even some creature without feathers make an appearance.

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Woodchuck

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Usually found high up in the top of Sycamores, a Yellow-throated Warbler is seen in a bush alone the reservoir.

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Yellow-throated Warbler, (Donna)

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.   .   .   and as if the birds weren’t enough.

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Crab Apple Blossoms

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Thanks for stopping by.

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