Posted on May 11, 2017
In recent days we’ve made a number of trips to areas along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River not far from our home. It’s spring migration and the challenge is to see how many migrating birds we can spot right in our “neighborhood”. At some point we may change our emphasis and increase the number of trips we take to more distant birding locations, but for now we’re having fun concentrating on places close to home.
To date the most numerous warblers seen are the Palm and Yellow-rumped. While the Yellow-rumped is very common, with more subtle markings than many of it’s peers, I never tire of finding new beauty when I look at one. At Griggs Park the Baltimore Oriole is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Connecting trees with bright sunlit streaks of orange the males seem to be everywhere. Should an oriole or other bird not be close by, it’s easy to find other things to appreciate this time of year.
When we arrive to photograph birds we sometimes find them “still getting ready”,
some may be busy doing other things,
while most are usually ready when we get there,
but a few are just trying to get away.
Other birds were engaged in finding a find a dry perch, made all the more challenging by recent heavy rains.
Many flowers have undoubtedly benefitting from the recent rain.
You never know what might be hiding next to a flower.
Heading back to the car at the end of one outing, my sharp eyed wife spotted three Northern Water Snakes celebrating the season. The males are quite a bit smaller than the female. These snakes are fairly common along the river and reservoir. However, unlike the various species of turtles which always seem to be around, they aren’t often seen so it was a real treat to see them!
After missing shots of numerous fast moving warblers and the recent challenge when I tried to capture the Black and White, I’ve decided to upgrade my otherwise excellent Canon 60D camera body to a Canon 80D. For the time being the bird camera lens will continue be a Sigma 150-500mm. Future posts will reveal how well it all works out. Thanks for stopping by.
PS: As is often the case, Molly Cat sat watching intently as I finished this blog. I’m glad I’m not a mouse!
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Black and White Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blue Bird, Butterweed, Canon 50D with 135mm FD lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Carolina Chickadee, Chipping Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Fishing Spider, Fleabane, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Hobblebush, House Wren, Large Flowered Valerian, Mallard Duck, Northern Water Snake, Palm Warbler, Panasonic ZS50, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, Tree Swallow, Tulip Tree, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on July 22, 2015
So far it’s been one of the wettest summers in recent memory but finally a day with morning sunshine and no threat of rain until things warmed up in the afternoon. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, off we went to Prairie Oaks Metro Park, one of our favorite places to look for dragonflies, damselflies as well as butterflies and moths in central Ohio.
We were not disappointed. For a day’s outing, this one probably holds the record for the number of species seen and photographed. Some of the cruisers alluded us but anything that would perch, even if only for a second, was fair game.
However, not long after arriving we saw this guy and depending on your point of view, it may or may not have been the encouragement needed as we started our quest.
But not long after, our faith in the balance of nature returned as continuing to explore we checked out the Darby Bend Lakes area.
. . . and there were wildflowers.
A few butterflies were also seen.
. . . and even a spider.
Each time we go out there always seems to be something new to see.
While hardly an original thought, it’s worth being mindful that every day can be an adventure if we choose to make it so.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Prairie Oaks Metro Park Tagged: Blazing Star, Blue Dasher, Blue-fronted Dancer, Blue-ringed Dancer, Calico Pennant, Catnip, Common Whitetail, Eastern Amberwing, Eastern Pondhawk, Ebony Jewelwing, Fishing Spider, Great Blue Skimmer, Halloween Pennant, Jewelweed, Panasonic FZ200, Phlox, Red-spotted Purple, Ruby Meadowhawk, Silver Spotted Skipper, Teasel, Widow Skimmer
Posted on August 12, 2014
It had been several years since we paddled north on Dillon Lake which is part of Dillon State Park and headed up the Licking River. It’s a typical paddle for us where we start in a reservoir and paddle up a feeder river for as far as we can or feel like going. Since we enjoy a good paddle and are usually on the lookout for birds and other wildlife, paddling the same stretch of river twice is seldom seen as a problem. The north end of the lake and the Licking River seem very remote during the middle of the week. We had the place to ourselves.
On the day of our paddle the river was running fairly clear as it had been several days sense the last rain of any consequence. On past trips we’ve seen Bald Eagles, beaver, deer, herons, and various types of warblers and flycatchers depending on the time of year. I usually make an effort to fish a little but on this trip, as on previous trips up the Licking, the fish did not cooperate. We were fortunate to see a pair of Snowy Egrets and a juvenile Bald Eagle as we paddled. A young deer even came down to the water’s edge as we drifted by.
The river is definitely one of the most beautiful in Ohio with many bends and sandbars as it winds through a woods that contains many mature trees. On the downside are the many cans and plastic bottles that get caught up along the banks and in log jams on the outside of the bends. Such debris is always a problem in rivers that see a lot of paddling traffic because of capsizes but in this case, given that the Licking is not heavily paddled, they seem to be more the result of Ohio’s lack of a deposit law for cans and bottles.
Below are some pics from the trip:
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Dillon State Park, fishing in central ohio, Licking River, Ohio Nature, photography, wildlife Tagged: Bald Eagle, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Fishing Spider, Green Heron, Liverwort, Ruby Meadowhawk, Spotted Sandpiper
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