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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Category: Birding in Ohio, Blendon Woods Metro Park, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Albino Squirrel, American Goldfinch, Black haw viburnum, Blackberry Flowers, Blue Jay, Blue Phlox, Bluets, Buckeye, Buttercup, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Canon SX40, Coltsfoot, Darter, Dogwood, Duskywing, Fire Pink, Foamflower, Fox Squirrel, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Jacobs Ladder, Northern Flicker, Panasonic FZ150, Panasonic FZ200, Pussytoes, Red Winged Blackbird, Redbud, Rue Anemone, Shooting Star, Solomon's Seal, Spicebush Swallowtail, Spotted Sandpiper, Squawroot, Toadshade Trillium, Trout Lilly, Turkey, Violet Wood Sorrel, Violets, Virginia Bluebells, White-throated Sparrow, Wild Geranium, Wild Ginger, 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 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 June 19, 2013
A few days ago we had the pleasure of doing a canoe/birding trip on Alum Creek Reservoir north of the Howard Rd. bridge with some friends. While prime spring birding has passed we were rewarded with great views of King Birds, Prothonotary Warblers, Red Eyed Vireos, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, and Great Blue as will as Green Herons. In addition we also enjoyed observing various turtles on logs along the shoreline taking advantage of the intermittent sunshine as well as a Common Water Snake. Dragonflies and damselflies were also out in force as well as some early summer wildflowers.
The day started slow but after a couple of hours a good number of birds had been seen so we decided to take an early lunch break at a nice spot on a bluff overlooking the lake. We hadn’t been there very long when a mature Bald Eagle was spotted flying in the distance and a little later we saw what appeared to be an immature eagle.
Lunch was progressing rather nicely when my wife spotted a rather large snake patrolling the perimeter of our picnic area. It climbed up into a hollow tree and came back down and continued to check things out very near to where we were sitting. It seemed not to mind as we sat there eating our chocolate chip cookies. Turns out it was a Rat Snake and is one of the largest snakes in Ohio which can reach a length of 8 feet. It was all pretty exciting!
Below are some pics of that trip as well as other recent journeys into the wilds of Ohio. If you want a better view click on the image.
Wildflowers from the Alum Creek Paddle:
Common Water Snake seen during our Alum Creek paddle:
We continue to identify central Ohio dragon and damselflies:
On a recent trip to Prairie Oaks it was exciting to see Orchard Orioles feeding there young:
A Northern Flicker seemed as though it was watching as we looked for Damselflies at Prairie Oaks:
Finally some rather unexpected or unusual discoveries at Prairie Oaks:
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek State Park, Birding in Ohio, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, flowers in central ohio, photography, wildlife Tagged: Alum Creek Reservoir, Blue-eyed Grass, Common Water Snake, Eastern Forktail, Fire Pink, Fragile Forktail, Northern Flicker, Orchard Oriole, photography, Rat Snake, Stream Bluet, Variable Dancer, Vesper Bluet, wildlife
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