Posted on June 4, 2016
Recent explorations in the central Ohio natural places have been good to us. As mentioned in previous posts the warblers are becoming quieter and much harder to find but as is often the case we find other things to fascinate. Below are some discoveries from the past week.
Early summer wildflowers and flowering trees and bushes.
While we’re not seeing the warblers now other birds are still cooperating.
This past week it was fascinating to see Snapping Turtles laying their eggs at Griggs Park.
Other reptiles and amphibians also made an appearance.
We’re heading into the insect time of year. Confirmed by the number seen recent walks.
When you’re looking for interesting insects and flowers other things magically appear.
Hope everyone enjoyed our nature menagerie.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Fungi, Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Griggs Reservoir, Highbanks Metro Park, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Barn Swallow, Bleeding Tooth, Blue Dasher, Blue Flag Iris, Bootstrap fungus, bullfrog, Bumble Bee, Cabbage White, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Canon SX40, Common Whitetail, Eastern Phoebe, Field Sparrow, Fire Pink, Goats Beard, Great Blue Heron, Hairy Beardtongue, Hairy Hawkweed, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Prothonotary Warbler, Purple Rocket, Rat Snake, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-tailed Hawk, Silver Spotted Skipper, Snapping Turtle, Song Sparrow, Spiderwort, Squarrose Sedge, Squawroot, Tawny-edged Skipper, Tulip Flower, Virginia Waterleaf, Zabulon Skipper
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.
Thanks for stopping by.
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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