A Snipe Hunt

This started out as a post about things seen during a recent hike at Prairie Oaks Metro Park. With two or three inches of snow on the ground and moderating temperatures we thought we’d check out the park as it had been some time since our last visit. We were hoping to see/photograph some interesting waterfowl and perhaps a few other birds we happened to see during our four mile hike. While not much was seen in the way of birds as we worked our way along the shoreline of park ponds and then the Big Darby, we did find other things that intrigued. Then yesterday, frustrated by the lack of birds seen the day before, we decided to visit the area close to home along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River. One of our usual “hang outs” and it did not disappoint. Below is a record of the two day’s adventures.

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Unlike many rivers in central Ohio the Big Darby in Prairie Oaks Metro Park and the streams that feed it usually run pretty clear no matter how much rain we’ve had.

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Winter reflections.

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Some ponded areas along the river freeze over resulting in interesting ice formations.

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Frozen pond, Prairie Oaks

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Ice crystals on the pond surface.

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Some formations are the result of water levels that rise and then fall.

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Water’s edge.

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Ice design, (Donna)

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Interestingly enough we’ve found winter to be a good time for fungi and my wife does a great job of locating it.

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January fungi on log, (Donna).

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Wet Rot, (Donna)

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Dried out Jelly fungi? (Donna)

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Carbon Balls, (Donna)

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Oyster Mushroom, (Donna)

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Wet Rot? (Donna)

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Fast forward one day and we find ourselves along the Scioto River. Black Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Kingfishers, and Carolina Wrens all allowed us to take a picture even if it was from some distance away.

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Black Ducks, Scioto River just below Griggs Reservoir.

 

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Hooded Mergansers (M) (F) (IM), Scioto River just below Griggs Reservoir.

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Kingfisher (F), Scioto River just below Griggs Reservoir

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A Carolina Wren doing what it does best! Griggs Park, (Donna)

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What really made our day, and really got us excited about this post, was seeing a Common Snipe. Several made their presence known at river’s edge as we stumbled around trying to photograph the ducks along the opposite bank. We couldn’t remember the last time we had seen one, for sure we’d never seen one at this location, so for us it was an uncommon snipe. Excited and elated, we retraced the mile and a half distance back to our car and headed home. It had been time well spent!

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Common Snipe, Scioto River shoreline just below Griggs Reservoir.

PS: I was tempted to photo shop the cinder block out of the picture but we are in the city after all.

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Hopefully on one of your outings in nature in the next few days you will find reason to get as excited as we did. Thanks for stopping by.

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6 Comments on “A Snipe Hunt

  1. I think that is a dried jelly fungus. If you go see it again right after a rain it will look just like Jell-O, and be every bit as slippery.
    I think your wet rot? is brittle cinder fungus (Kretzschmaria deusta,) which is a very beautiful ash gray with white edges when it’s young. When older it will become black and hard like a cinder.
    I’ve never seen a snipe. What a long bill!

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