The Bird That Thinks It’s a Mouse
At least that impression one gets watching a Winter Wren foraging for food. These very small dark colored birds with a very pronounced turned up tail are hard to see much less photograph as they make their way around dense underbrush usually near water. In fact I don’t think we’ve ever seen one very far from water although that could be due to the fact that we spent a large amount of our time looking for birds near water along the Scioto River in Griggs Reservoir Park.
Winter Wren along the Scioto River, (Donna).
Study 2, (Donna).
Winter Wren habitat along the Scioto River.
From the very small to very large, a Sycamore along the Scioto River. What could it tell us of this place if it could talk?
Sycamore along the Scioto, (Donna).
This time of year it’s always a joy when common birds entertain us. Not so easy to capture in their natural habitat away from feeders.
Carolina Chickadee, Griggs Park.
Carolina Chickadee, Griggs Park, (Donna).
Tufted Titmouse, Griggs Park.
While closer to the ground there is still a presence of green, in many areas overhead it’s a different story.
Other birds continue to make their presence known.
A female Downy lets the chips fly, Griggs Park.
A White-throated Sparrow plays hide and seek, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.
White-throated Sparrow, study 2, Griggs Park.
Apparently one of this Red-bellied Woodpeckers favorite trees, Griggs Park, (Donna).
A Red-tailed Hawk waits patently for it’s next meal, Griggs Park.
Almost always heard before they’re seen this Carolina Wren was determined to get noticed, along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam.
Song Sparrow, Griggs Park.
We were looking for the Winter Wren but some previously hard to fine Golden-crowned Kinglets kept getting in the way, along the Scioto below Griggs Dam.
A noisy Northern Flicker also demanded to be noticed, Griggs Park.
This Dark-eyed Junco was acting like it might have hurt feelings if I didn’t take it’s picture, Griggs Park.
Goldfinch, winter plumage, Griggs Park.
Wait, you’re not a bird!, Griggs Park, (Donna).
A fascinating and unexpected find during a recent walk along the Scioto River was this very nice example of a Horn Coral fossil. The fossil was about 4 inches long!
Rugose corals, often called “horn corals”, because their form may resemble the horn of a cow or goat. This coral became extinct at or near the end of the Permian period, about 240 million years ago. It first appeared in the early Ordovician period and peaked during the Devonian. photo by Donna. Ref: http://fallsoftheohio.org/DevonianCorals.html
Up until just four days ago warm weather was allowing some of our insect friends to hang around but with this mornings temperature around 20F we don’t expect to see them again any time soon.
So long until next spring! (Donna).
Given that it’s Thanksgiving week here in central Ohio the next bird we will be investigating will probably be a turkey. On that note we wish everyone a happy holiday. Thanks for stopping by.
Milkweed seeds take flight, Griggs Park, (Donna).
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