Posted on April 19, 2015
I must confess that on a recent urban hike down to the Scioto River and Griggs Reservoir I was so enraptured by the beauty and warmth of the spring day that I had a hard time taking pictures. I just wanted to be not do.
Fortunately my wife wasn’t as seriously affected and managed to get some lovely shots of Trout Lilies among other things.
Bird wise, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen but were either uncooperative or two far away for a picture that would do them justice. Yellow Throated Warblers were heard signing their hearts out in the top of Sycamores but they weren’t moving making them hard to locate.
Below are a few of the things seen:
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Posted on October 10, 2014
We walk along Griggs Reservoir almost every day. Lately, bright and sunny may give way to a day that is cloudy and overcast with just a bit of rain. This autumn we’ve been looking closer as every day brings small changes to the canvas. Each with it’s own unique light revealing extravagant color or subtle beauty. The celebration is sometimes very close, perhaps right at your feet as a colorful leaf comes to rest in a puddle, or further away as nearby bare branches turn colors on the opposite shore into stained glass.
In the last week, whether walking or paddling, Osprey can be seen overhead. Soon they will be heading south. Starlings are seen in tree tops. Were they there before and just not noticed? Wood Ducks, Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes have been more common. Passing through from points north no doubt. We’ve had to content ourselves with a few sightings of Yellow Rumped warblers to get our fall warbler fix.
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Posted on September 28, 2014
The last several days have been beautiful. Clear skies, cool nights and comfortable days with very little wind. Certainly something to remember, especially three months from now.
When the weather is this nice you certainly want to put it to good use. With that in mind we’ve enjoyed paddling with friends on Griggs Reservoir and have also spent some time in Griggs Park as well as Prairie Oaks and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park looking for migrating birds. We haven’t seen as many warblers as we were expecting but other birds and the hint of fall colors have made up for it.
When you’re paddling the shoreline of a lake or walking in the woods on a trail that for a time may follow a quiet a stream, there’s always the possibility that you’ll see something totally unexpected and more beautiful than you could ever imagine.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Hiking in Ohio, Ohio Nature, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, waterfowl, Wild flowers Tagged: American Toad, Blue Bird, Chipping Sparrow, Coopers Hawk, Dryad's Saddle, Eastern Wahoo, Great Blue Heron, Least Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Painted Lady, Painted Turtle
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