An Unexpected Duck

A few days ago we found ourselves paddling the Twin Lakes area of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir looking for warblers. It was a good outing with Prothonotary and Yellow Warblers seen along with Tree and Bank Swallows, Great-crested Flycatchers, Cedar Waxwings, a Bald Eagle, etc. . However, the Northern Shoveler pictured below was a bit of a surprise. Shouldn’t it be a little further north by now? Later, after…

In Search of The Beautiful But Elusive Prothonotary Warbler

No birding adventure is any better than if it can be combined with time in a canoe. Recently we decided to to explore the shoreline of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir and the Twin Lakes area with the hope of seeing warblers. In past years the Twin Lakes Area (O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve)  has been very good so we were hopeful.  . While there are few things as enjoyable as viewing birds from…

The warblers are coming, the warblers are . . .

Earlier this week we did another long paddle on Griggs Reservoir with the hope of seeing a Mink. We were encouraged by the fact that on two previous paddles we had seen them. I even brought my “Bird Camera” with the hopes of getting a decent picture. There is a lot of luck involved in getting a decent picture because unless they’re munching on something like a crayfish or similar…

Spring Activity at O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve

A few days ago we decided to explore the Twin Lakes Area of O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve by canoe. Part of the fun is the journey so we decided to paddle from a launch point on the other side of the reservoir. As a result we had the opportunity to pass a number of lovely coves along the way. The total length of our paddle was between four…

Spring “Wild” Flowers

Maybe it’s just out of desperation but the last few days I’ve been looking in earnest for that first spring wildflower. . Walking along the river below Griggs Dam, eyes intently focused on the ground, checking an area that in past years had been home to spring wildflowers, it seemed as thought someone or something was watching me. click on images for a better view Then I…

Looking for Birds But Not Warblers

It’s late March in central Ohio and the last few days we’ve occupied ourselves looking for whatever birds we could find. Rather than travelling far afield, we’ve enjoyed staying close to home and discovering all that we can along the Scioto River and Griggs and O’Shaughnessy Reservoirs. The early spring warblers haven’t yet started moving through in any appreciable numbers so what are we seeing? A few days ago while patrolling the Griggs Park for Loons we came…

A Year Of Dragonflies

I was getting ready to look though some more 2013 photos with the idea of another “Best of 2013” post. Across the room my wife was trying to figure out how many dragonflies she had photographed this year. As she announced she had found eighteen, I realized that she had done all my work for me. Particularly meaningful to me is that not that long ago I would be asked to…

Warblers and Wildflowers

Spring has finally started to live up to its name. Recently we’ve been hiking Battelle Darby and paddling O’Shaughnessy Reservoir. Along with the many different wildflowers we’ve also seen Yellow-rumped, and Black & White Warblers and enjoyed the recently arrived Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Today, while paddling back to our launch site, a Bald Eagle soared overhead. . Thanks for stopping by.

It’s Spring in Central Ohio

It’s been a long winter that has had a hard time letting go but slowly it is happening with signs of life everywhere! . . Thanks for stopping by.