Posted on April 22, 2017
This post is a bit of a ramble covering our adventures in central Ohio nature over the past week. A search for wildflowers and warblers in area metro parks, a visit to a local city park to see if any warblers were passing through and finally the first long kayak paddle of the year. So I hope you enjoy the ride.
In the spring wildflowers and migrating warblers are usually what comes to mind not turkeys. For me turkeys have always been a fall bird usually associated with a big meal that includes stuffing, gravy, and all the fixins. So a few days ago at Blendon Woods Metro Park it was a bit of a surprise to see a male turkey doing it’s best to convince a female that they should get together.
The purpose of the trip to Blendon was to look for warblers. We were successful in spotting a few including a Black-throated Green which without to much effort eluded the camera’s lens. While we did see a few, we soon found ourselves seduced by the many wildflowers that were in bloom.
When not looking at wildflowers or for warblers there were other things . . .
The day following our trip to Blendon Woods we headed to Clear Creek Metro Park for what turned out to be a rather long hike. Spring is especially fascinating at Clear Creek with a number of plants not found elsewhere in Ohio. The number of butterflies seen (Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Commas, Morning Cloaks, etc.) but not photographed, was truly amazing.
Closer to home within the city limits of Columbus along the Scioto River and Griggs Reservoir spring was also in full swing.
Out on the reservoir there was also lot’s of activity, much of which eluded the camera’s lens, but some subjects cooperated just long enough. Spotted Sandpipers, turtles, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets seemed to be everywhere. As I have undoubtedly mentioned in the past, shooting from a canoe or kayak has it’s own set of challenges, camera shake and the fact that everything is moving just to name a few, so when one gets a relatively good picture it’s truly cause for celebration. When paddling the kayak certain limitations are excepted so a relatively small light superzoom is usually what is taken. It’s easy to tuck out of the way and if it happens go swimming it’s not the end of the world.
In the last week not far from our home it seemed that no matter which way we turned there was something wonderful to see. We hope that’s been your experience also. Thanks for stopping by.
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Posted on April 6, 2015
Some out of town travel has resulted in fewer posts in the last couple of weeks but now we’re back searching for plants, animals, and birds that will encourage us that spring, which so far has been too slow to green, leaf, and flower, is not that far away. Based on things seen while walking along the river recently, which included Turkey Buzzards, Double Crested Cormorants, and Tree Swallows, we are encouraged.
Below are some things seen along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River in the last week:
The fact is, if spring progressed any faster we would surely miss a lot. That’s something that undoubtedly happens anyway but at what seems like spring’s usual snails pace it feels like we at least have a chance to see it’s wonder.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wild flowers Tagged: Bloodroot, Brown Creeper, Coltsfoot, Cutleaf Toothwort, Harbinger of Spring, Panasonic FZ200, Spring Beauty, Virginia Bluebells, White-breasted Nuthatch
Posted on April 22, 2014
We weren’t sure what we’d find but thought a walk around O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve might reveal some wildflowers and maybe a few migrating warblers. No warblers were observed but there were plenty of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers to keep us entertained. While the warblers were a bit disappointing the wildflowers were not. The area has always been good for them and this year is no exception.
Located on the west side of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, we’ve always enjoyed intimate nature of the preserve. This quality is at least partly due to the small streams that flow through it on their way to the reservoir.
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We hadn’t walked far when we started seeing Tree Swallows. They’re beautiful birds but are responsible for fewer Bluebirds being seen as they appear to have set up housekeeping in the Bluebird boxes.
In a cove a Great Blue Heron and Great Egret were looking for lunch.
While walking along one of the creeks we noticed a hole where a large wasp had just emerged. It least that’s our best guess.
A little further on a mysterious black fungus was seen on an Beech tree.
We figured it out from a post on the The Beautiful Wildlife Garden site. It turns out that, “the Beech Wooly Aphid (Grylloprociphilis imbricator) feeds by sucking the fluids from Beech leaves and twigs. They leave behind a sugary honeydew which collects on the leaves and other parts of the tree, and can invite a fungus to form, called Black Sooty Mold”.
We had some fun trying different angles with the Trout Lilies in an effort to reveal different aspects of the flower.
But it was hard to ignore the other flowers.
Beech leaves from last fall don’t want to let go.
Tree trunk landscape.
Just starting to be green.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography, Spring Tagged: Coltsfoot, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Tree Swallow, Twinleaf, Yellow Trout Lilly
Posted on April 9, 2013
It’s been a long winter that has had a hard time letting go but slowly it is happening with signs of life everywhere!
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