Quietly Looking, Grebes and Loons

Yesterday the air was cool, the sun warm, and there was little wind, so I decided to peddle the bike  down to Watermark Quarries with the idea of enjoying the Loons one more time before they continued their journey north. I found myself feeling very content as I sat quietly on the bank, in the presence of the birds, looking. The Loons, along with a few grebes, and some other suspects, almost seemed to…

Loons in Central Ohio

I feel that I need to start off by saying that the Common Loon totally fascinates and captures my imagination. If you’ve ever had the privilege of being in the north woods in the spring and early summer you’ll understand why. There’s no question that Loons are visually stunning and their behavior is fascinating, but during mating season it’s the calls they make at night that set them apart from every other…

It Must Be Spring We Saw Turtles

We’ve been spending a fair amount of time the last few days looking for migrating waterfowl. However, a couple of days ago we did see our first warbler of the year, a Yellow-rumped, so it’s been a challenge deciding where to put our effort. All of the sudden it seems a though things are changing really fast.   Yesterday while on Loon patrol along Griggs Reservoir…

Winter to Spring?

A few days ago the temperature was hovering around zero degrees. A couple of days later, after a fair amount of rain, it was close to fifty. If the temperature had stayed below freezing and the reservoir ice covered, we had hoped to continue our observation of waterfowl concentrated in the river. That had now all changed. The ice was pretty much gone and the waterfowl had dispersed. We checked below the dam but the river was running high with a strong current and…