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 May 22, 2016
At least that was our experience this year. After a somewhat disappointing one day trip to Magee Marsh at the beginning of “The Big Week” we decided to concentrate our efforts locally. Specifically Griggs Park and Kiwanis Riverway Park, with one trip to the O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Twin Lakes Area. We kept seeing birds, repeats and new ones, at Griggs and Kiwanis so we kept going back. What made it so unbelievable was that both places are just a few minutes from our house so it wasn’t much of a leap to go from thinking about it to being out there with binoculars and camera. How much easier can it get?
So below is a photographic record of most of the birds we saw along with views of other things beautiful or fascinating seen along the way.
Things seem to be tapering off a bit but one never knows for sure till several days have past. In any case, even if they were all to up and leave tonight, it’s been a great spring migration.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Griggs Reservoir, Kiwanis Riverway Park, nature, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: American Redstart, Bay Breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Blue Jay, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cedar Waxwing, Crestnut-sided Warbler, Dryad's Saddle, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, False Solomon's Seal, Giant Swallowtail, Goats Beard, Gray Cheeked Thrush, Great Crested Flycatcher, House Wren, Large Flowered Valerian, Northern Flicker, Panasonic FZ200, Phlox, Pliladelphia Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler, Red-eared Slider, Robin, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Swainson's Thrush, Wild Hyacinth, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Posted on May 9, 2016
In the last few days we’ve been on hikes with friends as well as dedicated birding trips to various parks in Columbus and central Ohio and even when we weren’t trying real hard we’ve seen some amazing things. Hope you enjoy this early May photographic journey through spring in central Ohio.
I apologize that some of the bird pics aren’t up to “bird photography” standards, severe crops and adverse lighting, but hopefully they still tell the story.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Glen Echo Ravine, Hiking in Ohio, nature, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Barred Owl, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, bullfrog, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Fleaband, Green Heron, Hobblebush, Jack in The Pulpit, Large Flowered Valerian, Mayapple, Northern Flicker, Northern Parula Warbler, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Red-eyed Vireo, Solomon's Seal, Spiderwort, Swainson's Thrush, Swamp Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler
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