What We Saw After We Didn’t See The Kirtlands Warbler

The report was that a Kirtlands Warbler had been seen at Highbanks Metro Park. There were even pictures on the Central Ohio Birders Facebook page.  We don’t usually chase birds but this one wasn’t far from home. Besides, if we weren’t successful in finding it, High Banks, with it’s many nice trails, would be a great place for a hike.

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Stream, High Banks Metro Park

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Well, as the title of this post indicates, we didn’t see the Kirtlands Warbler, but not wanting to waste a good day, we set off to see what else we could find.

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It was a great day to be in the woods. New green was everywhere. It was quiet except for birds calling, now harder to see with leaves almost fully out. The earth dampened by a recent rain, as well as the flowering plants, released the scent of spring.

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Not far down the trail:

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Berries will soon be on their way.

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Daisy Fleabane

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Sassafras Leaves

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Jelly Ear Fungus

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Common Split Gill that has aged a bit. (Based on input from a mushroom expert.)

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Witches’ Butter

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Sensitive Fern

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As the air started to warm more insects were about:

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Tiger Beetle and female Common Whitetail

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A closer look at the Tiger Beetle

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Golden-backed Snipe Fly

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Duskywing

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Male Zabulon Skipper

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Female Zabulon Skipper

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Silver Spotted Skipper

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Pearl Crescent

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While not the Kirtlands Warbler, we did see a few birds.

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Summer Tanager in a treetop. Too far away for a good pic.

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A Cape May Warbler (F) checks us out.

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Female Bluebird.

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Indigo Bunting

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By hikes end, the day had given so much we’d pretty much forgotten about the warbler.

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Thanks for stopping by.

12 Comments on “What We Saw After We Didn’t See The Kirtlands Warbler

  1. I was just thinking about my recent walk and how our expectations can affect the enjoyment. You may not have seen the warbler but what a wonderful collection of treasures you came across. Love all the fungi shots and the insects in particular.

  2. Donna and Bob, thank you. Just the connection I needed today.
    Do you two kayak? I go to the Kokosing River in Knox County on a week day and can gather in so much of life through my senses.

    • Doris,

      We’re either walking in the woods or paddling our canoe (or sometimes a kayak). For us it’s a very spiritual thing, a form of meditation, etc. If course some type of camera is always with so we can share our story. We’re blessed in that we both have a passion for nature and all that it embraces.

      Bob

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