Waterfowl and Ice
A recent walk was filled with anticipation. Cold weather had resulted in a fresh covering of ice on Griggs Reservoir. When this occurs, the Scioto River, free flowing below the dam, concentrates any waterfowl that might be in the area.
On the reservoir there were signs of animal activity.
A light layer of snow reveals the movement of animals crossing the reservoir.
Tracks, might be a Robin.
A Canada Goose apparently changed it’s mind, (Donna).
A frozen fish, and the promise of an easy meal, tempts a small animal. It didn’t make much progress so apparently the “frozen” part was not to it’s liking.
What we hadn’t anticipated were the fascinating ice formations along the river. As mentioned in previous posts they are caused by freezing temperatures and receding water levels.
The Scioto River below Griggs Reservoir.
Admiring one of the many “Ice Chandeliers”.
Ice chandeliers, (Donna)
Chandelier variations, (Donna).
Along the river, (Donna)
A closer look.
The bigger picture, (Donna).
A small formation, (Donna).
After some time enjoying and trying the capture the beauty of the ice we continued our search for the anticipated waterfowl.
Ring-necked ducks posing for the camera, (Donna).
Another view through shoreline branches..
While not as plentiful, across the river Hooded Mergansers also made an appearance.
There were also a few Goldeneyes.
. . . and Buffleheads.
A few other birds refused to be left out:
A female house sparrow enjoys the late afternoon sun.
A Goldfinch “photo bombs” the Junco’s portrait.
Based on weather forecasts, the ice on the reservoir should be around for awhile. That considered, who knows what birds will be seen in the days to come. In their number there might even be a Bald Eagle.
Thanks for stopping by.