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 June 19, 2013
A few days ago we had the pleasure of doing a canoe/birding trip on Alum Creek Reservoir north of the Howard Rd. bridge with some friends. While prime spring birding has passed we were rewarded with great views of King Birds, Prothonotary Warblers, Red Eyed Vireos, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, and Great Blue as will as Green Herons. In addition we also enjoyed observing various turtles on logs along the shoreline taking advantage of the intermittent sunshine as well as a Common Water Snake. Dragonflies and damselflies were also out in force as well as some early summer wildflowers.
The day started slow but after a couple of hours a good number of birds had been seen so we decided to take an early lunch break at a nice spot on a bluff overlooking the lake. We hadn’t been there very long when a mature Bald Eagle was spotted flying in the distance and a little later we saw what appeared to be an immature eagle.
Lunch was progressing rather nicely when my wife spotted a rather large snake patrolling the perimeter of our picnic area. It climbed up into a hollow tree and came back down and continued to check things out very near to where we were sitting. It seemed not to mind as we sat there eating our chocolate chip cookies. Turns out it was a Rat Snake and is one of the largest snakes in Ohio which can reach a length of 8 feet. It was all pretty exciting!
Below are some pics of that trip as well as other recent journeys into the wilds of Ohio. If you want a better view click on the image.
Wildflowers from the Alum Creek Paddle:
Common Water Snake seen during our Alum Creek paddle:
We continue to identify central Ohio dragon and damselflies:
On a recent trip to Prairie Oaks it was exciting to see Orchard Orioles feeding there young:
A Northern Flicker seemed as though it was watching as we looked for Damselflies at Prairie Oaks:
Finally some rather unexpected or unusual discoveries at Prairie Oaks:
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek State Park, Birding in Ohio, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, flowers in central ohio, photography, wildlife Tagged: Alum Creek Reservoir, Blue-eyed Grass, Common Water Snake, Eastern Forktail, Fire Pink, Fragile Forktail, Northern Flicker, Orchard Oriole, photography, Rat Snake, Stream Bluet, Variable Dancer, Vesper Bluet, wildlife
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