Birding By Canoe, A Perfect Day, Thursday, May 7th

We were on the reservoir early, just as the sun was starting to filter through the trees. There was no wind. Resting your paddle for a quick look around, the canoe, with small ripples, continues moving quietly, just as you left it. A perfect day to see birds as we glided along the wooded shore.


Morning, Alum Creek Reservoir.


Our route on Alum Creek Reservoir looked something like this:


Alum Creek Reservior


It wasn’t long before we were hearing birds. In fact we were hearing a lot more than we were seeing. But as is often the case when canoeing on the beautiful morning, it’s tough to complain.


But as we continued to look we managed to catch a Great Crested Flycatcher.

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Great Crested Flycatcher, (Donna)


A little further, we pulled out to look for wildflowers.


Sometimes getting out of the canoe to explore the shoreline presents a bit of a tripping hazard.


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Bluets, (Donna)

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Solomon Seal, (Donna)


Young ferns


Not long after, back in the canoe, we spot a sandpiper.


Spotted Sandpiper


Normally so common as to be a nuisance, it was hard not to admire the parenting skills of Canada Geese.


Canada Geese, Alum Creek


Safely ashore.


In the middle of the lake a male Wood Duck let’s us get close enough for a photo.


Wood Duck, Alum Creek Reservoir



But one picture was enough.


We finally reach the Osprey nesting area and noticed a least two pair were now nesting in trees along the shore rather than on the nesting platforms situated in the lake. Pretty exciting!

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Osprey perched near it’s nest, (Donna)

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Osprey nest, (Donna).

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Osprey in flight, (Donna)


Several different types of swallows were seen. These two posed.


Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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Tree Swallow, (Donna)


We paddled up the creek and looked for a spot to pull out for lunch. The river flowed quietly, dragonflies cruised by but didn’t land, and a House Wren announced it’s presence, as we ate.


Lunch spot, Alum Creek.


After lunch my wife went exploring for insects

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Tiger Beetle, (Donna)

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The very tiny White-striped Black Moth, not one we’ve seen or noticed before, (Donna)


Others were also enjoying the river.


Fishing on Alum Creek


As we headed back to our launch site the warm sun had started to draw turtles out of the water.


Eastern Spiny Soft Shell


Being a rather large reservoir with many inlets, there’s always another one to explore.


Cove, Alum Creek Reservoir


We arrived back at our starting point with tired bodies but rested spirits.


Thanks for stopping by.




9 Comments on “Birding By Canoe, A Perfect Day, Thursday, May 7th

  1. I love that place where you can see Ospreys. There are several boxes for prothonotary near the North East side road.

    Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 11:15:46 +0000

    • You’re right, however we noticed Tree Swallows occupying a number of boxes that appeared to be intended for Prothonotary Warblers. From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015 7:47 AM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “Birding By Canoe, A Perfect Day, Thursday, May 7th” #yiv5981867632 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5981867632 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5981867632 a.yiv5981867632primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5981867632 a.yiv5981867632primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5981867632 a.yiv5981867632primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5981867632 a.yiv5981867632primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5981867632 | | |

    • Thanks, every once and awhile a sandpiper poses.

      We feel very fortunate to have such places. Because the reservoirs in central Ohio are for flood control and/or water supply, development along the shoreline is practically nonexistent which makes for a beautiful paddle. However, because the reservoirs are part of river systems, quite a bit of trash, mostly cans and bottles as Ohio has no deposit law, finds it’s way into them. The shorelines are littered and we are always picking it up. We will never get it all, but just try to leave places visited a little better than we found them.

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