Posted on April 27, 2017
It was a beautiful day for a hike at Highbanks Metro Park with friends. Warblers were our main objective but no doubt there would be other things to fascinate if the warblers decided not to cooperate.
One of those things turned out to be concretions. We’ve hiked and explored High Banks for years but one thing we’ve never noticed are the concretions that exist along creek bottoms in the park. This partly due to the fact that they are not visible from the main trail and generally we avoid going off trail so as to not damage the landscape which, as is the case with most metro parks, is easily overrun. In this particular case we wondered why there was a worn path leading off the main trail so we decided to follow it for awhile.
According Wikipedia, “A concretion is a hard, compact mass of matter formed by the precipitation of mineral cement within the spaces between particles, and is found in sedimentary rock or soil. Concretions are often ovoid or spherical in shape, although irregular shapes also occur. Concretions form within layers of sedimentary strata that have already been deposited. They usually form early in the burial history of the sediment, before the rest of the sediment is hardened into rock. This concretionary cement often makes the concretion harder and more resistant to weathering than the host stratum.”
After the fascination of the concretions we decided to wander down the trail and see what warblers we might find.
While not warblers, we hadn’t gone far when several Ruby-crowned Kinglets appeared in low lying bushes and weren’t shy about displaying their ruby crowns. They weren’t as good about sitting still of a picture. Along the Olentangy River Yellow-throated Warblers could be heard but not seen high in the Sycamores.
Other birds were more cooperative.
As is often the case in the spring if one thing eludes there are always other things to enjoy. On this particular day it was trilliums many of which had turned pink as well as the many other wildflowers.
There were also nice groupings . . .
and phlox trillium bouquets.
Other types of trilliums were also seen.
May Apples were starting to bloom.
Other flowers, some not real common on central Ohio, were also seen.
To one that is so inclined, time spent in nature feeds the soul. In spring the uninterrupted songs of the various birds as they go about their day is sublime even when they remain unseen. The air seems especially fragrant and pure. The still deep blue sky frames the translucent green of the immerging overhead leaves. Flowers grace the forest floor with their varied and unique loveliness.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Highbanks Metro Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Concretions, Corn Salad, Dames Rocket, Dogwood, Eastern Phoebe, Field Sparrow, Goldenseal, Gray Squirrel, Large-flowered Trillium, Mayapple, Nodding Trillium, Panasonic FZ150, Panasonic FZ200, Philadelphia Fleabane, Purple Cress, Red Winged Blackbird, Solomon's Seal, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow, Wild Geranium
Posted on May 28, 2016
Now that the spring migration is tapering off expectations need to be adjusted when visiting a local park or taking a walk in the woods. For birders it’s all about avoiding the big letdown after several weeks where each outing meant wondering what new warbler the day would bring. On a recent hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, even if one was lucky enough to catch a glimpse, many birds soon disappeared into the leaf cover. Perhaps it’s time to diversify and look for other things, fungi, flowers, and non-warbler type birds.
With this in mind we headed for the aforementioned park remembering that it’s a good place to see Indigo Buntings.
A few other Battelle Darby birds were also cooperative, if only just.
It was hard not to notice the early summer wild flowers along park trails whether at Battelle Darby or closer to home..
Once thought of as an alternative when we weren’t seeing birds insects have now become fascinating in their own right.
Not a flower, insect, or bird my wife nonetheless noticed this very small but beautiful fungi.
Closer to home there were also things to see, the first humming bird of the year at O’Shaugnessy Nature Preserve and a hawk with prey at Griggs Park.
And a few other creatures also caught our attention.
That’s about it for this post. We always wonder if we’re going to run out of things that fascinate and enchant. Fortunately in nature the more you look the more you see.
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Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Kiwanis Riverway Park, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Angelica, Appendaged Waterleaf, Baltimore Oriole, Blackberry Flowers, Blue Flag Iris, Common Cinquefoil, Common Yellowthroat, Cowbird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Spiny Soft Shell, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Towhee, Eastern-tailed Blue, English Plantain, Forget me not, Golden-backed Snipe Fly, Great Crested Flycatcher, Hairy Woodpecker, Hawkweed, Indigo Bunting, Leopard Frog, Miami Mist, Multiflora Rose, Northern Flicker, Panasonic ZS50, Philadelphia Fleabane, Prothonotary Warbler, Purple Rocket, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Scarlet Cup, Silver Spotted Skipper, Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, Spiderwort, Sweet Cicely, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow Flag Iris
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