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 November 17, 2014
Less than a week ago, after returning from a trip south to visit relatives in the sunny and warm state of Georgia, it was still in the sixties here in central Ohio and we were on our tandem bicycle enjoying a ride. Two days later it was windy with temps in the thirties dropping into the twenties at night. As a result autumn colors that entranced are now gone, replaced by a more subtle beauty.
With the departure of most of the warblers to points further south we started looking more intently for other birds that seem to be more noticeable in the winter when on our walks along the Scioto River. These include Brown Creepers and Golden Crowned Kinglets some of which may travel from areas further north. Noteworthy is the Dark Eyed Junco which arrives from further north and seems to do well in in our area most winters.
Thin layers of ice have greeted us during recent morning walks.
A couple of days ago we were about to embark on one of our urban hikes and noticed something in our neighbor’s shrub. I ran back into the house a grabbed a camera.
Where there are Golden-crowned Kinglets there are often Chickadees.
There was a little more color along the river just a week ago.
But depending on which way you pointed the camera the light could be pretty harsh.
It’s probably been two or three weeks since we saw our first Junco.
A Kingfisher waits patently along the river. While too far away for a good picture of the bird I thought the play of light on the branches and the hints of color in the background made for a pleasing composition.
The ever present Great Blue Herons along the Scioto below Griggs Dam.
As we looked for kinglets and creepers we were being watched from across the river.
Our first Black Duck sighting of the season.
While I was busy with the ducks my wife got a nice shot of a colorful House Finch that was nearby.
But jeepers better not forget the creepers.
Until next time we hope you have an opportunity to notice and enjoy nature in your neighborhood.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Hoover Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, waterfowl Tagged: Brown Creeper, Canon G11, Canon T3i, Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Blue Heron, Olympus E620, Panasonic FZ150, Red-tailed Hawk
Posted on October 29, 2014
Recently we explored one of our local haunts, Griggs Park and the river below the dam, hoping to see migrating warblers. Just the day before an immature Bald Eagle had been perched over my head as I fished in the river. Maybe it would be there again today. If the birds didn’t cooperate we would be rewarded with some fall colors which, while past their peek, were still nice.
Remember: for a better view click on the image.
Walking south we did see warblers but they were in the tree tops making a “serious” photo impossible. There were the usual woodpeckers flying about and we were rewarded with a good sighting of a Golden-crown Kinglet that refused to sit still for a picture. The eagle had apparently moved on so after checking out the usual “good spots” we decided to head back to the car. It was warming up so perhaps we’d see more birds as we worked our way back.
In the fall Bluebirds from further north find Griggs Park to be a good location for insects and other edibles. We don’t see them in the winter so they apparently move further south as the cold eliminates their food source. On this particular day we got lucky and sighted a number of birds right along the shore of the reservoir as we walked north.
During the Bluebird excitement I glanced over my shoulder and saw a Nuthatch, almost close enough to touch, seriously investigating something in a tree. I swung the camera around and just started shooting hoping for the best.
Usually I don’t get too excited about photographing House Finches but this male was striking and seemed to enjoy having it’s picture taken.
While shooting the House Finch a Song Sparrow stopped by.
A little further along a White-crowned Sparrow posed.
Not all our friends were feathered.
I’m in love with this scene so, as autumn has progressed, I’ve taken the liberty to post several shots.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Hoover Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River Tagged: Canon G11, Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Squirrel, House Finch, Nuthatch, Panasonic FZ150, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow
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