Posted on May 4, 2014
We decided to go for a walk below Griggs Reservoir Dam this morning hoping to see some migrating warblers. Usually Saturday morning is a weekly date with our tandem bicycle but the weather looked threatening so birding, where we could get back to the car quickly, seemed like the thing to do. The wind was supposed to pick up later in the day so we got an early start.
The first bird to greet us was one of our favorites, a Baltimore Oriole. Usually we see them at the top of tall trees after he trees have fully leafed out making them difficult to photograph. However, this one was lower in a tree whose leaves were not yet completely hiding it. It struck numerous poses for us as it busied itself eating what appeared to be young seed pods.
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After almost being chased back to the car by a passing shower, we continued on, hearing lots of birds but not seeing much. Today, with it leafing out more, our line of sight wasn’t what it was just a few days ago. Cardinals seemed to be everywhere so we didn’t give it much thought when a bright red bird appeared in the distance. A quick look through the binoculars revealed it to be not a Cardinal but a Scarlet Tanager! We were excited as we usually have to travel some distance to see such a bird and here it was less than two miles from our house. It was undoubtedly just passing through but that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm. The Scarlet Tanager is one of those birds that, when seen, transports me to the jungles of South America. It looks just a little out of place in Ohio.
Energized buy the tanager we continued on, seeing other tropical and sub-tropical migrants including a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Warbling Vireo and numerous warblers.
When the birds didn’t have our attention we couldn’t help but notice some beautiful fungus which was undoubtedly a product of recent rains.
A Scarlet Tanager in the middle of Columbus. It doesn’t get much better.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Hoover Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Spring Tagged: Baltimore Warbler, Birding in Ohio, Canon G11, Canon T3i, Griggs Park, Hoover Park, Nashville Warbler, Nature Photography, Orchard Oriole, Panasonic FZ-150, Scarlet Tanager, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler
Posted on April 28, 2014
Yesterday morning we enjoyed a 6 mile hike with friends at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Everything was coming to life with numerous wildflowers including Trilliums and Celandine or Wood Poppies along the trail.
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Later in the day we decided to see what warblers could be found along the reservoir in Griggs Park and the area below the dam. Several people stopped to ask what we were looking at as we peered up into the trees. One or two were fellow birders with binoculars which is always encouraging. The number of warblers seen exceeded our expectations.
Redbuds, other flowering trees, and wildflowers were making an already cheerful day even brighter.
The Map Turtles were definitely taking advantage of the warm afternoon sun.
It wasn’t hard to imagine a Smallmouth Bass just below the surface.
Green is now winning out over the colors of winter.
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Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Hoover Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Spring, wildlife Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Blackpoll Warbler, Celandine or Wood Poppy, Griggs Park, Hoover Park, Map Turtle, Nature Photography, Palm Warbler, Trillium, Violet, Warbling Vireo
Posted on April 21, 2014
It’s mid April and changes in the plant and animal world are occurring at such a fast pace that it feels as though, were you to look away, you’d miss “it”. This is certainly the case for Hoover Park and the area along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam.
Below are some recent photos as we continue our spring wildflower and warbler quest.
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The White Trout Lilly does not seem to be as common as the Yellow:
Yellow Trout Lilly:
Be careful where you place your hand when crouching down to get a closer look:
Other wildflowers seen below the Griggs Reservoir Dam in the past few days:
At the river’s edge:
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers seem to be fairly common this year:
Someone’s been busy:
No walk is complete without a Downy Woodpecker or a Chickadee:
A Yellow-throated warbler in the tree tops:
Early spring stained glass:
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Hoover Park, Scioto River, Spring, wildlife Tagged: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chickadee, Common Water Snake, Crayfish, Cutleaf Toothwort, Downy Woodpecker, Dutchman's Breeches, Griggs Park, Hoover Park, Map Turtle, Marsh Marigold, Scioto River, Toadshade Trillium, White Trout Lilly. Yellow Trout Lilly, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on February 19, 2014
Yesterday, after returning from a short trip to Florida, we decided to recondition ourselves to the winter weather by taking a walk along Griggs Reservoir.
Because it was slightly above freezing, the 8-10 inches of snow still on the ground was very wet so we decided to walk the plowed road running through the park rather than our usual route. The reservoir was still iced over which may be a record for recent years. Last year, ice covered the reservoir for at most 7 days compared to this years thirty plus.
Walking along the reservoir, robins and woodpeckers greeted us with song sparrows singing like it was a sunny spring day.
Scanning the reservoir we noticed what appeared to be a strangely shaped clump of snow. The binoculars revealed the clump to be a Mute Swan. It appeared to be relaxing on the ice in the middle of the reservoir. A rather odd sight.
Why it choose that location to relax is anybody’s guess. In the winter we’ve seen swans in the river below the dam but never on the ice in the middle of the reservoir. One thing is for sure, it didn’t have to worry about predators sneaking up on it. About an hour passed and it was till there went we left the park amazed by what we’d seen.
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