Posted on April 27, 2017
It was a beautiful day for a hike at Highbanks Metro Park with friends. Warblers were our main objective but no doubt there would be other things to fascinate if the warblers decided not to cooperate.
One of those things turned out to be concretions. We’ve hiked and explored High Banks for years but one thing we’ve never noticed are the concretions that exist along creek bottoms in the park. This partly due to the fact that they are not visible from the main trail and generally we avoid going off trail so as to not damage the landscape which, as is the case with most metro parks, is easily overrun. In this particular case we wondered why there was a worn path leading off the main trail so we decided to follow it for awhile.
According Wikipedia, “A concretion is a hard, compact mass of matter formed by the precipitation of mineral cement within the spaces between particles, and is found in sedimentary rock or soil. Concretions are often ovoid or spherical in shape, although irregular shapes also occur. Concretions form within layers of sedimentary strata that have already been deposited. They usually form early in the burial history of the sediment, before the rest of the sediment is hardened into rock. This concretionary cement often makes the concretion harder and more resistant to weathering than the host stratum.”
After the fascination of the concretions we decided to wander down the trail and see what warblers we might find.
While not warblers, we hadn’t gone far when several Ruby-crowned Kinglets appeared in low lying bushes and weren’t shy about displaying their ruby crowns. They weren’t as good about sitting still of a picture. Along the Olentangy River Yellow-throated Warblers could be heard but not seen high in the Sycamores.
Other birds were more cooperative.
As is often the case in the spring if one thing eludes there are always other things to enjoy. On this particular day it was trilliums many of which had turned pink as well as the many other wildflowers.
There were also nice groupings . . .
and phlox trillium bouquets.
Other types of trilliums were also seen.
May Apples were starting to bloom.
Other flowers, some not real common on central Ohio, were also seen.
To one that is so inclined, time spent in nature feeds the soul. In spring the uninterrupted songs of the various birds as they go about their day is sublime even when they remain unseen. The air seems especially fragrant and pure. The still deep blue sky frames the translucent green of the immerging overhead leaves. Flowers grace the forest floor with their varied and unique loveliness.
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Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Highbanks Metro Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Concretions, Corn Salad, Dames Rocket, Dogwood, Eastern Phoebe, Field Sparrow, Goldenseal, Gray Squirrel, Large-flowered Trillium, Mayapple, Nodding Trillium, Panasonic FZ150, Panasonic FZ200, Philadelphia Fleabane, Purple Cress, Red Winged Blackbird, Solomon's Seal, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow, Wild Geranium
Posted on May 26, 2015
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 we were off the water, additional investigation revealed the Northern Shoveler migration can cover a larger time period when compared to other waterfowl. So, maybe the sighting shouldn’t be a big surprise.
Adding to the excitement, Bank and Tree Swallows were nice enough to pose for their portrait.
Of course no late spring outing is complete, be it the Twin Lakes Area, Griggs Reservoir, or the north end of Alum Creek Reservoir, without acknowledging some of the other participants.
Let’s not forget some of the flowers seen.
Haven’t had a mystery photo for quite a while so any idea what the object in the below photograph is?
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Category: Alum Creek Reservoir, Alum Creek State Park, birding in central ohio, canoeing, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, O'Shaughnessy Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, waterfowl, Wild flowers Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Bank Swallow, Canada Geese, Common Water Snake, Dames Rocket, Fox Squirrel, Great Blue Heron, Honey Locust, Northern Shoveler, Painted Turtle, Panasonic FZ200, Tree Swallow, Wild Chives, Yellow Flag Iris, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on June 2, 2014
Last evening we took a short walk along the reservoir and the river below the dam. The trees are now all leafed out creating dark shadowed places that not long ago were bright. The birds are not calling as much as a few weeks ago, and many that were here have moved north. Occasionally a Baltimore Oriole is seen among the leaves, now too illusive for a picture.
Other commitments take me away from CentralOhioNature for a while. Thanks to all for the many kind words, helpful hints, and information. So until the next post stay curious and celebrate that which is sacred to you!
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Posted on May 24, 2014
This morning we decided to canoe the shoreline of Alum Creek Reservoir and look for warblers. After it leafs out, we’ve found this to be a great way to see birds while enjoying a day on the water.. When hiking a trail through the woods your line of sight can become very limited as the season progresses but paddling a shoreline can provide an unobstructed view of the trees and brush as the birds move in and out of view.
It was a beautiful cool clear day, a little windy but the blue sky was dotted with puffy white clouds. The excitement started before we even got into the canoe with the unusual sighting of two deer swimming across a rather wide part of the reservoir.
Below is a map of our route of about six and one half miles:
Exploring the many coves is a big part of the draw. Sometimes we’re able to beach the boat and explore on foot:
Is wasn’t long before we spotted Yellow Warblers which nest in the area and are fairly common this time of the year:
Sometimes it’s just about enjoying a beautiful secluded cove:
There were other birds, including Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Ducks, Green and Great Blue Herons, and Osprey, but only the following wanted their picture taken:
. . . and turtles, including Painted and Spiny Soft Shells, but only this one sat still long enough for a photo:
The early spring wildflowers are giving way those found in late spring and summer:
A wonderful day enjoying nature:
Category: Alum Creek State Park, birding in central ohio, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Canon G11, Canon T3i, Daisy Fleabane, Dames Rocket, Eastern Wood Pewee, Honey Locust, Kingbird, Painted Turtle, Panasonic FZ-150, Yelow Warbler
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