Posted on July 18, 2017
Recently we were thinking about all the birds that nest in Griggs Reservoir Park or in the immediate environs. A list of some of the more interesting ones would go something like this:
Cardinal, Northern Flicker,
Black-crowned Night Heron,
Northern Parula Warbler,
Kingfisher, Wood Duck,
Great Blue Heron
. . . ,
well I think you get the idea. It’s amazing that just a few years ago we were ignorant of much of this. To become more aware has taken time coupled with repeated outings to the park and reservoir. While some visits have been pretty quiet, in general learning about the birds has been a rewarding activity.
Too further this point, recently we’ve been fortunate to photograph a few of the “youngsters”. The always active Kingbirds have been hard to miss.
While we’ve heard them calling from time to time over the past few weeks, Yellow-throated Warblers have been illusive so the one below was a pretty exciting find!
Always cute, a few Mallard ducklings were present along the reservoir. Interesting because we’ve seen a stream of ducklings over the last two months indicating there is no fixed time to mate.
While not youngsters, a few other birds also allowed us to take their picture. For those of you that have tried to photograph a Kingfisher you know they don’t usually cooperate so even an average picture is an accomplishment.
As mentioned above the birds have been rewarding but we never imaged we would discover a new snake right within the city limits of Columbus! It was seen while canoeing Griggs Reservoir and was located in a low lying bush overhanging the water. While looking at the one below another one splashed into the water. Needless to say we were very excited by this discovery!
Summer wildflowers have benefited from the recent rain.
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you know that in the summer we tend to focus more on insects. This year is no exception, except I’ve finally really caught the “bug” from my wife. Having made that declaration, as hard as I look I will never match her ability to see these little guys!
The photo of the below dragonfly was an especially exciting because it very seldom lands.
There was a time when I wasn’t all that excited about “insects”, pointing my camera at butterflies, dragonflies, and the like only when the birds weren’t cooperating. Arriving home after one such an outing I took a close look at the images obtained and was amazed at the beauty of many of these creatures that are so easy for us to disregard. It’s hardly breaking news but some time ago I heard that if we compared the weight of all humans with that of all insects we would make up a very small piece of the pie. The below chart illustrates that point. For life to exist on this small sphere we stand on the shoulders of giants but in our case they are very small giants. Something to think about!
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Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Insects, Ohio Nature, On Nature, waterfalls, Wildflowers Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Dasher, Blue Jay, Blue Vervain, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Common Dogbane Beetle, Duke's Skipper, Eastern-tailed Blue, Giant Spreadwing, Joe-pye Weed, Kingbird, Lazard's Tail, Mallard Ducklings, Metillic Gold Fly, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Pelecinid Wasp, Queen Snake, Question Mark, Robber Fly, Silvery Checkerspot, Soldier Fly, Spicebush Swallowtail, Swamp Milkweed, Tall Blue Lettuce, Wandering Glider, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on June 4, 2016
Recent explorations in the central Ohio natural places have been good to us. As mentioned in previous posts the warblers are becoming quieter and much harder to find but as is often the case we find other things to fascinate. Below are some discoveries from the past week.
Early summer wildflowers and flowering trees and bushes.
While we’re not seeing the warblers now other birds are still cooperating.
This past week it was fascinating to see Snapping Turtles laying their eggs at Griggs Park.
Other reptiles and amphibians also made an appearance.
We’re heading into the insect time of year. Confirmed by the number seen recent walks.
When you’re looking for interesting insects and flowers other things magically appear.
Hope everyone enjoyed our nature menagerie.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Fungi, Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Highbanks Metro Park, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Barn Swallow, Bleeding Tooth, Blue Dasher, Blue Flag Iris, Bootstrap fungus, bullfrog, Bumble Bee, Cabbage White, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Canon SX40, Common Whitetail, Eastern Phoebe, Field Sparrow, Fire Pink, Goats Beard, Great Blue Heron, Hairy Beardtongue, Hairy Hawkweed, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Prothonotary Warbler, Purple Rocket, Rat Snake, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-tailed Hawk, Silver Spotted Skipper, Snapping Turtle, Song Sparrow, Spiderwort, Squarrose Sedge, Squawroot, Tawny-edged Skipper, Tulip Flower, Virginia Waterleaf, Zabulon Skipper
Posted on July 22, 2015
So far it’s been one of the wettest summers in recent memory but finally a day with morning sunshine and no threat of rain until things warmed up in the afternoon. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, off we went to Prairie Oaks Metro Park, one of our favorite places to look for dragonflies, damselflies as well as butterflies and moths in central Ohio.
We were not disappointed. For a day’s outing, this one probably holds the record for the number of species seen and photographed. Some of the cruisers alluded us but anything that would perch, even if only for a second, was fair game.
However, not long after arriving we saw this guy and depending on your point of view, it may or may not have been the encouragement needed as we started our quest.
But not long after, our faith in the balance of nature returned as continuing to explore we checked out the Darby Bend Lakes area.
. . . and there were wildflowers.
A few butterflies were also seen.
. . . and even a spider.
Each time we go out there always seems to be something new to see.
While hardly an original thought, it’s worth being mindful that every day can be an adventure if we choose to make it so.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Prairie Oaks Metro Park Tagged: Blazing Star, Blue Dasher, Blue-fronted Dancer, Blue-ringed Dancer, Calico Pennant, Catnip, Common Whitetail, Eastern Amberwing, Eastern Pondhawk, Ebony Jewelwing, Fishing Spider, Great Blue Skimmer, Halloween Pennant, Jewelweed, Panasonic FZ200, Phlox, Red-spotted Purple, Ruby Meadowhawk, Silver Spotted Skipper, Teasel, Widow Skimmer
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