Posted on November 17, 2016
For those of you that follow this blog you know that we spend a lot of time walking in one park near our home. Part of the fascination has been to see what we can discover in this one specific location throughout the year. As the seasons change, it’s often about what we don’t see as much as what we do. From our house the park is also the perfect distance for a long walk which adds to the overall satisfaction of the experience. Finally, without making too much work out of it, we also try to help keep the park free of cans, bottles and other litter which provides a sense of ownership and makes the place just that much more special.
Having provided a rather circuitous introduction you’re probably wondering where this is going. Well it’s about the Kinglets! Several weeks ago we saw quite a few Golden and Ruby Crown Kinglets along the Scioto River below the Griggs Dam but since then nothing. Were had they gone? Had our timing since then just been bad? We were starting to wonder. Would we again see these little birds that do so much to brighten up late fall and winter in central Ohio?
In then a few days ago, in the company of Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers, there they were.
. . . and not far away.
Red-tailed Hawks are hard to miss this time of year.
My wife was trying to figure out what this crow was doing.
And as always there have been other things to notice.
Donna tried her hand at capturing the often ignored shapes and designs of late fall.
On future walks we hope the kinglets, along with their friends, will continue to charm and fascinate making this time of year just a little brighter. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, nature, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Clouded Sulphur, Crow, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Fox Squirrel, Golden Crown Kinglet, Panasonic FZ200, Ravenel's Stinkhorn, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrow
Posted on June 6, 2015
A recent walk along Griggs Reservoir was a study in small things. At times sunlight worked it’s way though the clouds, but mostly it was an early morning hazy sky. A lush new growth of green embraced the landscape threatening to squeeze out it’s air, creating close shadowy places among the leaves, and at times, under thickening clouds, a sense of foreboding.
Heard but not seen, the same growth now hides many of the birds. Others, those that don’t make their living in the leafed canopy, but on the ground or in open places, are still easy to spot.
Flowers also find their place, in the shade if they can, but often in the few patches that are open to sunlight for at least a few hour each day.
Time spent in nature often contains a counterpoint. On this particular day it was a Mute Swan an infrequent visitor. They are large birds even when compared to Canada Geese.
Then, looking away from the swan for a moment,
sunlight is seen playing in the grass.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, waterfowl, Wild flowers Tagged: Chipping Sparrow, Crown Vetch, Eastern Forktail, Eastern Wood Pewee, Foxglove Beardtongue, Hackberry Emperor, Moth Mullien, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Olympus E620 70-300 mm, Panasonic FZ200, Ravenel's Stinkhorn, Smooth Ruella, Song Sparrow, Summer Azure, Water Willow, Yellow Stone Crop
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