Late Summer at Prairie Oaks

The last few days we’ve spent some time at Prairie Oaks Metro Park looking for early migrating warblers that are now making their way south through central Ohio.  We’ve heard them, even seen them, but their constant movement and the leaf cover have foiled most attempts at pictures. However, as is usually the case, there were plenty of other things that capture our imagination.  The fact is, it’s also a great time of the year for insects, and with recent rains that includes the biting kind, the price of admission.



Big Darby, Prairie Oaks Metro Park


As we walked, we couldn’t help but notice the abundance of wildflowers.

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Jerusalem Artichoke, (also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour), is a sunflower native to eastern North America. Cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable tasting something like an artichoke.


Virgin’s Bower has an attractive flower,

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Virgin’s Bower


.   .   .   but it’s appearance after it goes to seed may be more fascinating.

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Virgin’s Bower gone to seed, (Donna)



Great Blue Lobelia


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Evening Primrose





A wooded trail offered the opportunity to see fungi.


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.   .   .   and it’s not long before some is seen.

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Wood Ear, (Donna)


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A type of polypore, (Donna)


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Orange Mycena, (Donna)


Along the park’s meadows we were fortunate to see a few butterflies, Monarchs and a few other suspects.





A small tussock moth caterpillar levitates.


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Female Monarch


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Black Swallowtail


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Common Wood-nymph


The water’s edge of a park pond is home to frogs and turtles.


Eastern (Northern) Cricket Frog, is one of North America’s smallest vertebrates, 0.75–1.50 in long. diet is small insects, including mosquitos. They are preyed upon by birds, fish, and other frogs. To escape predators, they are capable of leaping up to 3 feet in a single jump and are excellent swimmers. (from Wikipedia)


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Red-eared Slider. The box turtle shaped shell is interesting for an animal that spends much of it’s time in the water.



Painted Turtle reflection.


Along with being excellent frog and turtle habitat, it’s a great place to see dragonflies.


A pond at Prairie Oaks.


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Widow Skimmer



Female Eastern Pondhawk.


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Halloween Pennant, (Donna).


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Halloween Pennants mating.


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Three’s a crowd.


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Common Whitetail, (Donna)


Not far from the dragonflies .   .   .

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Garden Spider, (Donna)



Garden Spider, (underside)



Another view of the Big Darby as it runs through Prairie Oaks Metro Park.


A few birds that managed not to elude the camera’s lens.

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Immature House Finch


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Red-headed Woodpecker A rare sighting but a little too far away for a great picture.


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Another view, (Donna)


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Ground squirrels beware! Across a park meadow a Red-tailed Hawk surveys it’s realm.


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Bay-breasted Warbler


Just one more look at the river.


The Big Darby


Thanks for stopping by.

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