Posted on March 28, 2014
It’s late March in central Ohio and the last few days we’ve occupied ourselves looking for whatever birds we could find. Rather than travelling far afield, we’ve enjoyed staying close to home and discovering all that we can along the Scioto River and Griggs and O’Shaughnessy Reservoirs. The early spring warblers haven’t yet started moving through in any appreciable numbers so what are we seeing?
A few days ago while patrolling the Griggs Park for Loons we came across a immature Bald Eagle being harassed by crows. Unfortunately, by the time the camera was ready for action, the eagle decided it had had enough of the crows and was flying off.
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Not long after that we saw our first Great Egret of the year.
Double-crested Cormorants have also just arrived.
While I was busy taking pictures of birds that were either too far away or moving too fast for a really great picture, my wife got lovely pictures of a Downey Woodpecker and a Great Blue Heron.
Today, driving north along O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, we were fortunate to see Canvasbacks and there were even some other “bonus ducks” in the mix. However, the birds being pretty far from shore resulted in images that are not of the highest quality.
Finally, the latest addition to my birding equipment is the “Bird Bike”. It allows more ground to be covered but when something of interest is spotted it’s easy to stop and hop off.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, O'Shaughnessy Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, waterfowl Tagged: Bald Eagle, Birding in Ohio, Canvasback, Downy Woodpecker, Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants, Great Egret, Greater Scaup, Ringed-neck
Posted on January 15, 2014
A few days ago the temperature was hovering around zero degrees. A couple of days later, after a fair amount of rain, it was close to fifty. If the temperature had stayed below freezing and the reservoir ice covered, we had hoped to continue our observation of waterfowl concentrated in the river. That had now all changed. The ice was pretty much gone and the waterfowl had dispersed.
We checked below the dam but the river was running high with a strong current and there were no birds. However, not far away at an abandoned quarry, now a very clear nice size lake, we were successful. Unfortunately, due to economics and/or lack of vision, this lovely body of water has been surrounded by office buildings and asphalt parking lots rather than a nice urban park but the birds don’t seem to mind.
The next day was sunny so we walked along Griggs Reservoir wondering what we would see but glad to be outside. The birds were apparently also happy about the sun as they were quite active. When not looking at birds my wife yielded to her recently acquired interest in lichens and mosses.
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Posted on January 5, 2014
Once the Griggs Reservoir freezes over, the Scioto River below the dam is one of the nearest locations for open water. Today, with five inches of fresh snow on the ground, the river flowed free but was down a little from a few days before. Ducks and geese took advantage of this open water with many in the river and many noisily flying overhead as they moved from one location to another.
Along with the Canada Geese and the usual Mallard ducks there were Hooded Mergansers, Black ducks, Red Head ducks, as well as Ringed-neck ducks. In this area the Mallards and Canada geese are common year round but the others, which may be visitors from further north, are more often seen in winter as they concentrate in open water.
The snow always seems to make for some interesting landscape shots and today was no exception. We were also fortunate to see Golden-crown Kinglets, Juncos, Song Sparrows and Red-bellied and Hairy Woodpeckers. It’s been a good year for Kinglet sightings.
Perhaps because it was so cold the day before and hadn’t warmed up that much, we had the area pretty much to ourselves. For a few hours it made for a nice escape into nature.
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