Posted on May 10, 2014
We decided to paddle Griggs Reservoir with the goal of hopefully seeing some unique wildflowers that populate the low shoreline cliffs. In addition, while the migrating waterfowl have long since left, we might see one of our favorite local residents, the Wood Duck. Considering the number that nest in the area, we were pretty sure we would also see a few Baltimore Orioles. Given the wind, which presented significant boats control issues, my wife was kind enough to take care of most of the photography while I took care of the boat.
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After a short paddle to the cliff area, we discovered the flowers we were looking for.
Prior to setting up house keeping the male and female Wood Ducks always seem to stay together.
A few other suspects, including a Black-crowned Night Heron, greeted us as we paddled on.
But not to be outdone and as if they were celebrating Mothers Day in advance, the female Mallards decided to introduce their recently hatched ducklings. It was a real treat!
One mother Mallard seems to have an adopted duckling.
And not to be left out. The “Hey wait, what about me!”, Baltimore Oriole.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Category: Birding in Ohio, canoeing, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, waterfowl, wildlife Tagged: Birding in Ohio, Black-crowned Night Heron, Griggs Reservoir, Mallard Duck, Mother's Day, Nature Photography, Panasonic FZ-150, Red-eared Slider, Spotted Sandpiper, Wild Columbine, Wild Stonecrop, Wood Duck
Posted on May 8, 2014
It’s fascinating how often something interesting happens in nature when you’re on your way to do something else. An outing recently along the Scioto below Griggs Dam was intended to be a test session after we changed some settings on my wife’s Panasonic FZ150 and Olympus E620 to improve performance in the branch infested, fast paced, world of warbler photography.
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Before even starting to look for warblers we noticed a Great Blue Heron at river’s edge quite frustrated with something it was trying to eat. A closer look revealed the problem.
The fish was just too big!
Further on, Baltimore Orioles seemed to be everywhere. At one point, four males were flying circles around us as they chased each other.
A bird was seen quietly moving around in the brush and lower trees. It turned out to be a Swainson’s Thrush. Not a bird we were looking for but exciting nonetheless.
The first Red-eyed Vireos we’ve seen this year,
along with our first Prothonotary Warbler.
We finished our outing seeing warblers seen before over the few days,
along with a few other birds that call the area home all summer.
As I write this I can’t help but notice a Common Grackle at our feeder. A very beautiful but common bird that’s easy to take for granted.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Hoover Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Spring Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Birding in Ohio, Blue Jay, Canon T3i, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, Panasonic FZ-150, Prothonotary Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on May 7, 2014
Recently we spent several hours at Prairie Oaks Metro Park looking for migrating warblers and other signs of spring. We were completely drawn into the moment with butterflies, wildflowers, warblers and other migrating birds surrounding us as we walked along the river. Sunlight filtering through the emerging translucent leaves creating the effect of green stained glass further setting the mood.
In addition to the pictures below a number of birds and butterflies were seen where no photograph was possible. So below is just a glimpse of what you might have seen had you walked the trails in the last few days. Some pictures turned out amazingly well and others fall into the category of “data acquisition” but they all, in their own small way, celebrate spring at Prairie Oaks.
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At Prairie Oaks many forms of life are attracted to the river.
Like warblers, flycatchers and other birds.
Constantly in motion, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet plays hide and seek.
The smaller creeks that feed into the river are often dry by mid summer.
Butterflies were enjoying the spring sun.
A pond that may also be dried up by July.
But right now the pond is home.
Fungi run a very close second to wildflowers in natures beauty contest.
Wildflowers compete for our attention.
The Big Darby was flowing clear.
Translucent leaves contribute to the magic of spring.
Category: Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, wildlife Tagged: Birding in Ohio, Black and White Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Canon G11, Canon T3i, Eastern Comma, Great Crested Flycatcher, Kingbird, Leopard Frog, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Nature Photography, Painted Lady, Panasonic FZ-150, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Water Strider, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on May 5, 2014
To Be Alive
Let life draw you in
not push you from behind.
Have good habits
but don’t live by habit.
even when at first
your not interested in the answer.
Don’t just be entertained
but entertain yourself.
Allow youself to be seduced
by a passion.
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 May 1, 2014
Today we had an enjoyable time birding with friends at Battelle Darby Metro Park. Originally the plan was to drive up to Magee Marsh along Lake Erie for a spring warbler trip but a cool and windy forecast convinced us to stay closer to home. The south shore of lake Erie tends to concentrate travel weary migrating birds during the spring and fall allowing easy viewing. However, that phenomena doesn’t occur in central Ohio so we’re never sure what we’ll see.
But it turned out to be a good day with sightings of Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated Warblers as well as Yellow-throated Vireos. Also seen were a Great Crested Flycatcher, Bluebird, Hairy Woodpecker, Catbird, White-throated and Chipping Sparrows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
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With the recent rain the fungus was doing very well.
Flowering Buckeye Trees, Buttercups, and Phlox were seen as well as a mystery flower.
However, the highlight of the day was the first Summer Tanager that we have seen in central Ohio.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Canon SX40, Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, Nature Photography, Panasonic FZ-150, Pine Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, White-throated Sparrow
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.
Thanks for stopping by.
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
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