Posted on September 26, 2016
The last few days found us paddling Griggs Reservoir. This time of year we always hope that staying close to the shoreline will result in warbler sightings and perhaps a few pictures. With warblers and other migrants moving through it’s a good time of year. In recent days on the reservoir we’ve even seen Mink along the banks and while walking just south of the dam my wife caught the tail end of a Bald Eagle as it flew overhead.
A number of immature Black-crowned Night Herons have also been seen, encouraging because of our recent discovery of one that had met it’s demise at the business end of a abandoned fishing line.
Other things were also seen as we made our way along the shore.
Walking Griggs Park has been more productive for seeing as well as photographing warblers and other small birds mostly because of the difficulty in controlling and positioning the canoe in the pursuit of small active birds.
If the warblers aren’t cooperating there may be a butterfly, not always rare, but one we’ve not noticed before.
Fishing is also getting better as the weather cools with time taken off between casts to do a little house keeping along the shore. What can I say, it’s always there, but as those who read this blog already know, it makes me feel better to pick it up.
But recently real magic was discovered within the world of the very small when we spotted countless damselflies mating on fallen autumn leaves floating on the reservoir’s calm surface as we paddled back to our launch site during the warmth of the day. We’d never seen anything like that before.
That’s about it for this post. For us living in northern regions autumn is a great time to be out in nature. A feeling borne from the knowledge that this fleeting time will not last. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, fishing in central ohio, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, Scioto River Tagged: Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue Bird, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Checked Skipper, Chipping Sparrow, Dusky Dancer, Eastern Phoebe, Great Blue Heron, Painted Turtle, Panasonic ZS50, Red-tailed Hawk, Smallmouth Bass, Wood Duck
Posted on May 9, 2016
In the last few days we’ve been on hikes with friends as well as dedicated birding trips to various parks in Columbus and central Ohio and even when we weren’t trying real hard we’ve seen some amazing things. Hope you enjoy this early May photographic journey through spring in central Ohio.
I apologize that some of the bird pics aren’t up to “bird photography” standards, severe crops and adverse lighting, but hopefully they still tell the story.
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Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Glen Echo Ravine, Griggs Park, hiking in central ohio, nature, Ohio Nature, outdoors, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Barred Owl, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, bullfrog, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Fleaband, Green Heron, Hobblebush, Jack in The Pulpit, Large Flowered Valerian, Mayapple, Northern Flicker, Northern Parula Warbler, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Red-eyed Vireo, Solomon's Seal, Spiderwort, Swainson's Thrush, Swamp Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler
Posted on May 5, 2016
In the last few days the number of migrating and non-migrating birds seen by us and other birders in central Ohio has been incredible. We are trying to remember back to last year but nothing approaching the last few days comes to mind. Were we just not paying attention? We’ve visited our usual areas along Griggs Reservoir, but also got over to Hoover Nature Preserve and adjacent areas at the north end of Hoover Reservoir as well as Glenn Echo Ravine in Clintonville. Wherever we went there were birds. Only a few of those seen are documented below either because they were a little too far away, moving around too much, or the light just wasn’t favorable for a picture. For more info on birds in central Ohio along with some wonderful pictures visit Central Ohio Birders Facebook page.
Some other notable birds seen but not photographed; Hoover Nature Preserve north end of the lake: a number of Red-headed Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Yellow Warblers, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, Hoover Nature Preserve Meadows Area: American Redstarts, Nashville Warbler, Glen Echo Ravine: Great Crested Flycatcher, Black Headed Blue Warbler, Northern Parula Warbler, Black and White Warblers, Baltimore Oriole, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers.
So here are some of the birds seen.
If there wasn’t a bird to look at there were other things.
In the back of our minds we know that one day not too far in the future the spring celebration will be over. It’s a good time to be in the moment.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Glen Echo Ravine, Griggs Reservoir, Hoover Nature Preserve, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Ohio Nature, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Catbird, Downy Woodpecker, Great Egret, Indigo Bunting, Jack in The Pulpit, Marsh Marigold, Mayapple, Northern Waterthrush, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Pileated Woodpecker, Prothonotary Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Tree Swallow, Wild Geranium, Yellow Warbler
Posted on October 5, 2012
It was one of those cool clear early autumn mornings when we found ourselves at Prairie Oaks looking for migrating warblers. We walked along a row of trees bordering a field with the trees being warmed by the early morning sunlight. To our delight we observed about eleven different species of warblers feeding in these trees. The birds, which included kinglets and gnatcatchers were very active and my efforts to photograph them were met with limited success, my son Ben did much better.
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