Posted on October 26, 2016
At first I just thought it was a butterfly, catching a brightly colored object out of the corner of my eye as we finished a hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Almost instantly my wife cried out, “look at that huge spider!” and as I spun around for a better look, the breezy day caused a large female Marbled Orbweaver to swing over my head in a return arc. It would put The Flying Wallendas to shame as it gracefully went about it’s work suspended by “high wires” that were at times invisible. By the end of a walk not many birds had been seen, certainly nothing to get real excited abound, so the spider was a special treat and served as another example in nature of what for us has become a season of a little bit of this and that.
While our visit to Battelle Darby had been all about the spider a few days later and closer to home a bird we don’t see that often made an appearance.
Just as we finished enjoying the White-eyed Vireo a Bald Eagle was seen circling high over head. Not an every day occurrence within the city limits of Columbus and having seen the eagle we were a lot more excited than the below picture can possibly express.
and there were other birds:
Insects and other things:
The Ohio autumn landscape near our home continued to charm:
So letting go of expectations in recent days nature really has been a wonderful little bit of this and that. Thanks for stopping by. Should you wish, various prints from this and other posts may be purchased at Purchase a Photo. and Donna’s 2017 Birds of Griggs Park calendar is available at Calendar.
Category: autumn color, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Griggs Park, Ohio Nature, outdoors, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Bald Eagle, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Comma, Jerusalem artichoke, Marbled Orbweaver, Panasonic FZ200, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler
Posted on October 20, 2016
Recent walks in Griggs Park along the reservoir and along the river below the dam have revealed that Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are moving through the area. We haven’t seen many Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the winter so they may move further south but at least a few Golden-crowned Kinglets hang around the immediate area until spring.
With the exception op Yellow-rumped Warblers, warblers have been scarce in the park in recent days.
Amazingly, we continue to see quite a few butterflies as well as other insects and spiders.
Other birds were also seen in the past week, some of which will spend the winter.
Other animals were also present. Chipmunks and squirrels seemed very busy getting ready for the approaching winter.
This fall in Griggs Reservoir I’ve tried to make a methodical effort to catch Smallmouth bass and while I always do well enough to keep coming back, results have been something less that spectacular. Using small crank baits a variety of fish have been caught including Channel Cats, Large and smallmouth Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Crappie, and other pan fish but not of any great size and with the exception of pan fish not in any great quantity. The reservoir is just a mile and a half from our home so it’s been an enjoyable research project to determine if the fishing would improve as the days got shorter and the air and water temp went down. So far I haven’t noticed much difference between August and October accept that the reservoirs a lot quieter.
No matter what draws one outside this time of year sometimes just looking around can be enough so if you have a chance get out and look around!
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, fishing in central ohio, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River Tagged: American Coot, Belted Kingfisher, Black-legged Meadow Katydid, Bumble Bee, Carolina Wren, Chipmunk, Eastern Comma, Eastern Phoebe, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Blue Heron, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Meadow Fritillary, Monarch Butterfly, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Smallmouth Bass, Variegated Fritillary, Whitetail Deer
Posted on October 9, 2016
Usually when we think of autumn color we’re thinking about leaves but recent outings in central Ohio have revealed that in the autumn color can come in many different shapes and sizes. The pictures below celebrate things we’ve seen in the last two weeks hiking and paddling. While peak color is still about two weeks away, it’s hard not to be charmed by the splashes of color amongst the predominately green landscape.
The green corridor along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River is still providing opportunities to view migrated birds as well as local residents.
. . . and plenty of insects, spiders, and flowers too!
Mudflats and logs exposed along Alum Creek due to slightly lower water levels provided an opportunity to see a few shorebirds.
The little bit of rain we’ve had recently brought out some fungi.
Unlike two or three weeks ago when there were Ospreys everywhere, when we paddling the north end of Alum Creek Reservoir last Thursday none were seen. However, there were a lot of cormorants and gulls.
As if sensing the warm weather won’t last forever . . .
The amount of insect activity we’ve seen in the last two weeks has been been truly amazing. We haven’t had our first frost yet so I’m sure a lot will change once that happens. Meanwhile we’ll continue to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek, Alum Creek Reservoir, autumn color, birding in central ohio, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Griggs Park, Hiking, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Blue-fronted Dancer, Blue-headed Vireo, Calico Aster, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cape May Warbler, Carolina Wren, Common Checkered Skipper, Corn Earworm Moth, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Green Heron, Grey Hairstreak, Monarch Butterfly, Non-inky Coprinus, Northern Flicker, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Praying Mantis, Red-tailed Hawk, Solitary Sandpiper, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Variable Orb Weaver, Variegated Fritillary, Wandering Glider, Witches' Butter, Yellow-throated Vireo
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