With the arrival of a granddaughter and my annual fishing trip to Michigan photographing the wonders of nature in central Ohio has been a bit neglected. Fortunately in my absence my wife took up the slack and was busy finding fascinating things closer to home. In fact, considering that it’s usually the slow time of year, there have been an amazing number of things to see.
Numerous Kingbirds nest along the reservoir in Griggs Reservoir Park and while the babies have fledged they still expect their meals to be catered. Fortunately, ample fresh berries and cicadas make the work a little easier.
When not being entertained by the kingbirds; vireos, numerous Great Crested Flycatchers, and even a Yellow Warbler were spotted.
A first of the year Buckeye Butterfly and a seldom seen Royal River Cruiser were also spotted.
and not to ignore some of the more usual suspects . . .
It’s always hard to compete with my wife’s discoveries but as usual the Rifle River Recreation Area did not disappoint with some nice Large Mouth Bass caught. To eliminate as much trauma as possible the barbs were removed from the hooks which doesn’t seem to effect the catch rate and I’m sure the fish are much happier as they swim away.
There were often a pair of Trumpeter Swans not far off while fishing on Devoe Lake. In addition there were always loons to enjoy. An encouraging discovery was not only the number of loons seen on the lakes within the park, where they nest due to the absence of motorboat traffic/wakes, but on the cottage lined lakes nearby.
As can be seen from the above screen shots Rifle Lake does not have suitable habitat for nesting but Au Sable Lake does with a considerable amount of sheltered natural shoreline. To my joy, immature loons were observed there.
As I finished this post a task required that I briefly venture outside. In our front yard a hummingbird briefly hovered close by and then went about it’s business. Such a serendipitous occurrence caused me to stop for a moment, and as I did, ever so faintly, the call of a loon on Devoe Lake could be “heard”. I was left again with the realization that nature’s wonder can be found in many places. Whether on a lake in Michigan or in a city park of Columbus Ohio, all we need to do is open our eyes.
Thanks for stopping by.
Superb reminders. Hope to see you Monday. Glenn
On Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 6:20 AM Central Ohio Nature wrote:
> centralohionature posted: ” With the arrival of a granddaughter and my > annual fishing trip to Michigan photographing the wonders of nature in > central Ohio has been a bit neglected. Fortunately in my absence my wife > took up the slack and was busy finding fascinating things closer t” >
I concur absolutely with your final remark.
Wonderful pictures! The butterflies are all over the flowers at the cemeteries.
It’s a great time of year for butterflies and this year that seems to be especially true.
Thanks Bob. I will get to hear a loon someday I hope.
I hope you do. The closest place from Columbus to here their call is The Rifle River Rec Area.