Posted on January 3, 2015
My wife said she saw a Bald Eagle along Griggs Reservoir not far from our home two days ago. Given that the forecast was heavy rain all day today, we thought we’d better look for the eagle before the rains came. So yesterday we did check out the reservoir and the Scioto River below the dam. New arrivals were seen but no Bald Eagle. Some birds seen but not photographed included Golden-crowned Kinglets, Black Ducks, Ruddy Ducks and some of the usual suspects including; Ringed Billed Gulls and Great Blue Herons.
Compared to last winter which was much colder and drove the birds to open water further south into our area, interesting migrating waterfowl have been much harder to find this year. That could always change as the winter progresses.
We were excited when a Kingfisher let us get a little closer than usual.
A Red-bellied Woodpecker posed briefly for my wife.
Then flew away.
Along the reservoir Bluebirds were enjoying the sunshine in Griggs Park.
We saw Hooded Mergansers along the river for the first time this winter.
Ice was just forming on the reservoir and the Mallards seemed to be enjoying it.
Thanks for looking in. In the coming week we hope you have an opportunity to enjoy nature in your neighborhood.
Posted on November 26, 2014
Yesterday the wind blew at 40 – 50 miles per hour for most of the day so we occupied ourselves with indoor activities. Today the wind moderated but clouds moved in. A recent warm spell had taken care of the cover of snow from a few days earlier. All of which resulted in a rather dreary landscape. But realizing that this is the type of day interesting birds are often seen, we headed down to Griggs Park to see what we might see.
For the first part of our walk nothing out of the ordinary presented itself so to reassure ourselves that we were seeing birds we compiled a list:
Dark Eyed Juncos
Great Blue Herons
Pied Billed Grebe
. . . and I may have missed a few.
You are probably wondering why the list. That would be because, due to the amount of light available, there were few pictures.
Before yesterday’s big wind striped the few remaining leaves off the trees, things were a little more cheerful and I was able to get a few front yard feeder shots.
However, during today’s walk my wife did capture a Kingfisher while attempting to photograph something else. Not a national Geographic shot by any stretch of the imagination but rather amazing considering the day.
Almost back to the car we spotted a Killdeer. What was a Killdeer doing along the shore of Griggs Reservoir, especially this time of the year? While certainly not uncommon, it nevertheless was an exciting find as we couldn’t recall ever seeing one along the reservoir before.
Sometimes it’s an ordinary bird in unordinary circumstances that fascinates. We hope you make time to enjoy nature in your neighborhood. You never know what you might find.
Posted on August 15, 2014
Since Griggs Reservoir is close to home we often use it for our “workout” paddles during the week when things are quiet. On those paddles we hope to see a few things worth a closer look or maybe even a picture. On a typical ten mile paddle we’ll have fifteen to twenty Great Blue Heron sightings. On some days one or two Black Crowned Night Herons will be seen and on most days two or three Green Herons. The Green Herons are one of our favorites because, as well as being less common, their behavior is often curious or even comical.
On a recent paddle a young Green Heron decided to pose for a few pictures while either hunting for food or preening. It was quite a show. Of course before we encountered the heron there were other things to see.
No shortage of Cedar Waxwings and Kingbirds near our launch in Griggs Park.
Across the reservoir as we head north a Kingfisher tries to hide.
One of many Great Blue Herons seen.
A little further north we even see a Great Egret. They never let us get very close.
Still further north heading into the “wetlands” area.
But it was an immature Green Heron won the day.
Whether it was hunting:
. . . or preening:
When the heron was through entertaining us there was plenty of other things to see.
A day to remember as a fresh wind out of the north made for a easy paddle home.
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River Tagged: Asiatic Day Flower, Boneset, Cedar Waxwing, False Dragonhead, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Ironweed, Kingbird, Kingfisher, Silver Spotted Skipper, Water Willow, Wingstem
Posted on July 27, 2014
Recently we decided the paddle the north end of Alum Creek Reservoir. To get started we put in at the Howard Rd launch and headed north. Early in the year we can expect to see both migrating and breeding warblers along the shore. In late July, from all we can tell, the warblers are no longer present. If they are, they’re being real quite. So what would we see? Since it was a beautiful day, cool temperatures and a light wind, it didn’t matter too much. It was a great day for a paddle.
As we made our way up the reservoir we did manage to see Spotted Sandpipers, Green Herons, Cormorants, Kingfishers, Terns, Great Blue Herons, Hummingbirds, Peewee’s, Phoebe’s, a Bald Eagle and even a Yellow Billed Cuckoo. Not bad! However, the real star’s of the day were all the Osprey’s. The nesting platforms at the north end of Alum Creek Reservoir were very successful this year. There were too many birds to count!
Category: Alum Creek, Alum Creek Reservoir, Alum Creek State Park, Birding in Ohio, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Canon D30, Canon T3i, Double-crested Comorant, Kingfisher, Osprey, Panasonic FZ-150, Wolf Spider
Posted on July 19, 2014
Mid-July and it was a perfect day for a long paddle on Griggs Reservoir. Temperature in the low seventies, little wind, with puffy white clouds dotting a very blue sky. The canoe seemed to glide along effortlessly.
Are we really in Columbus?
It wasn’t long before we started seeing birds. First it was a Kingfisher as we entered a cove.
A little further a Double Crested Cormorant enjoys the morning sun.
As does a Painted Turtle.
A little while later, north along the west shore we surprised a Red-tailed Hawk as it enjoyed breakfast. A bad day for the snake.
Continuing on north of Hayden Run.
Several Ospreys were seen just south of the 161 bridge.
In the same area a White Tail Dear made it’s way across the Scioto River.
A Green Heron plays hide and seek.
While in the north end of the reservoir we pulled out to explore the “wetlands area”.
As is usually the case, my wife was hot on the trail of any wildflowers or birds she could find.
It was hard to head back to our launch but we did have five miles ahead of us before we could call it a day.
Category: Birding in Ohio, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, wildlife Tagged: Canon G11, Canon SX260, Double-crested Comorant, Green Heron, Kingfisher, Olympus E620, Osprey, Painted Turtle, Panasonic FZ-150, Red-tailed Hawk
Posted on January 2, 2014
Our canoe moves quietly along the shore.
Sensing our approach
from a bare branched tree
and then another
always just ahead.
Something is seen and just as quickly
breaking the water’s surface
disappearing into another world.
Quickly reemerging with a fish
it flies from the surface as if water and air are one
stopping to rest on a branch.
For a moment, paddling closer, we are ignored.
as if destined to always be just ahead
off it flies
to another bare branched tree.
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