Posted on April 15, 2018
In central Ohio early April usually brings the seasons first migrating birds but before they really start moving through the area we like to spend time enjoying spring wildflowers. Unlike many of the birds, their world is located on the forest floor and exists before the overhead canopy all to quickly leafs out and cuts off their sunlight. It is a magical time as splashes of color find expression amid the dullness of last years leaf litter.
A few days of warm weather, after a week or two of colder than normal spring temperatures, and things really started to open up.
Often, as we looked for wildflowers, there was activity overhead. A quick glance up indicated that many of the birds were kinglets and they seemed to be everywhere. Armed with that awareness, we dusted off the “bird cameras” and for the next few days made kinglets our primary objective. Often when one decides to look for a specific bird efforts are frustrated, but in this case the kinglets cooperated. “Cooperated” should be qualified by saying that they only do as much as such a hyper active bird can. As many birders know all to well, they’re a challenge to follow with binoculars much less a telephoto equipped camera.
Not seen as often, we had less luck with the Ruby-crowned Kinglets. For the most part they stayed in the low thickets and brush and moved constantly, with fleeting views often partially obscured by small branches.
Where there are kinglets there are often . . .
While the activity continued below, high overhead a Red-tailed Hawk surveyed it’s realm.
On one outing a group of Black Vultures was seen perched in a Sycamore along the shore of the reservoir. Not a real common sight in central Ohio. Closer examination of the nearby area revealed the partially devoured carcass of a deer.
We don’t want to forget some of the other birds seen as we looked for kinglets.
As the ephemeral days of spring pass there will be other wildflowers and winged migrants to enchant, but for a brief moment in time, while on their yearly journey north, kinglets became the seasons exclamation point.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Greenlawn Cemetary, Griggs Reservoir Park, Highbanks Metro Park, Nature Photography, Wildflowers Tagged: American Goldfinch, Black and White Warbler, Bloodroot, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, Common Speedwell, Cutleaf Toothwort, Dutchman's Breeches, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, False Rue Anemone, Golden-crowned Kinglet, House Finch, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Rue Anemone, Snow Trillium, Song Sparrow, Spring Beauty, Toadshade Trillium, Virginia Waterleaf, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wood Duck, Yellow Trout Lily, Yellow-rumped Warbler
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