An Owl, Eagles, and a Muskrat?

The Barred Owl at High Banks Metro Park is probably one of the photographed birds in central Ohio this winter. However, since it would be a life bird for our daughter-in-law we set out to see if we could find it. Besides, considering  all the holiday food that had been consumed in the last few days, a nice long walk in the woods was definitely…

What We Saw After We Didn’t See The Kirtlands Warbler

The report was that a Kirtlands Warbler had been seen at Highbanks Metro Park. There were even pictures on the Central Ohio Birders Facebook page.  We don’t usually chase birds but this one wasn’t far from home. Besides, if we weren’t successful in finding it, High Banks, with it’s many nice trails, would be a great place for a hike. . Well, as the title of…

Drooping Trilliums In Central Ohio

This post is pretty much just about trilliums seen this spring in central Ohio. I particular Drooping Trilliums as they aren’t seen as often as their Large-flowered cousins. Perhaps because of a longer and colder than normal winter it’s been a very good year for spring wildflowers. Often seen while looking for migrating warblers or other wildlife, it’s always a treat. Hope you enjoy.   . Some…

Spring Snow

It’s been a back and forth spring. Nothing new there except sometimes it can be a bit confusing. Yesterday morning we woke to a fresh cover of snow. Just enough to color the landscape white for a time. By noon it was gone.  . There have been signs of spring:    . .    .    .    and then, in parting, perhaps until next year:  . Thanks for…

A Fleeting Autumn Day

The photographs below are in celebration of autumn in central Ohio. Inspiration was found on a recent visit to High Banks Metro Park as well as closer to home along the Scioto River. The High Banks landscape, with it’s ravines and mature trees, offers opportunities to explore autumn color not found elsewhere in the area. The Scioto River with it’s wooded banks and recently low relatively clear water also…

Herring Gulls on Griggs Reservoir

Yesterday on one of our Scotland trip training walks we finally saw something we’ve been trying to find for weeks. A Herring Gull on Griggs Reservoir. Actually there was more than one. Don’t get me wrong they’re hardly a rare bird even in central Ohio. However, in the winter we predominately see Ring-billed Gulls so it was rather exciting to see a different specie on the reservoir. The birds may…

Winter Leaves

Trees that hang on to their leaves long past the time when they seem to be serving any purpose have always fascinated me. One theory is that they keep there leaves to discourage critters from feeding on tender shoots and buds. Perhaps our fascination with these trees is because their act of defiance brings a wisp of color to what often seems like a black and white landscape….