Posted on May 26, 2019
It feels like we’ve been dodging raindrops at lot lately. However, the wetter than average spring, perhaps the new normal, has been great for the area wildflowers. We’ve continued to explore Griggs Reservoir Park near our home but have also made several trips to Glen Echo Park, Kiwanis Riverway Park, O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, and have traveled west to Cedar Bog as well as north to Magee Marsh, to name some of the other places explored. With a partial record in pictures of things seen, this is a celebration of all that this fleeting season has given us. Of particular note are the Yellow-billed Cuckoos that decided to make Griggs Reservoir Park their home for a few days recently. We also saw Scarlet Tanagers in the park after seeing few to none last year. What a treat!
(Should you desire, click on the image for a better view.)
We hope you enjoyed this journey through spring into what now feels like early summer. We sadly leave the spring migrants behind for this year but experience tells us that there is always something new to see when exploring nature.
Future seasons become easier to count and the present one more precious with the passing of time, but in that scarceness we become richer with the sense of their magic.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Glen Echo Ravine, Greenlawn Cemetary, Griggs Reservoir Park, Kiwanis Riverway Park, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, Wildflowers Tagged: Ameriacan Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue Flag Iris, Cabbage White, Cardinal, Cedar Waxwing, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Dames Rocket, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood Pewee, Fleabane, Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Horned Owl, Jacobs Ladder, Mallard Duck, Mayapple, Morrel Mushroom, Prothonotary Warbler, Red Winged Blackbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-tailed Hawk, Scarlet Tanager, Soloman's Seal, Spring Beauties, Tree Swallow, Warbling Vireo, Wild Geranium, Wild Rose, Wood Duck, Wood Thrush, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Posted on April 18, 2019
While working on a blog post pertaining to time spent in Florida earlier this year I was interrupted. However, unlike many interruptions this one was good. Spring wasn’t just knocking, it was banging on the door, calling us to come out and play. In just the last few days nature has exploded in central Ohio making it hard for my wife and I to contain our enthusiasm. Hopefully this post will convey just a little bit of the excitement.
One of the first clues that things were changing more rapidly were the wildflowers.
Then there were the birds, all of which seemed very busy.
Some behavior seemed odd.
Other birds were just enjoying the warmer weather.
The Great Egrets in their breeding plumage continued to enchant us.
But the days real excitement was generated when we spotted a newly arrived spring migrant.
As if the wildflowers and birds weren’t enough, more turtles than we’ve ever seen on one log decided to get into the act.
We hope our enthusiasm rubs off on our readers and everyone gets out to witness springs transformation in their neighborhood.
Walking in the freshness of an early spring morning
along a path lined with trees just clothed in translucent green
with the sights, sounds, and smells of nature
I am reborn.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Griggs Reservoir Park, Ohio Nature, Scioto River Tagged: Blue Jay, Canada Goose, Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, Dryad's Saddle, Dutchman's Breeches, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Mallard Duck, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Redbuds, Spring Beauties, Tufted Titmouse, Virginia Bluebells, Yellow Trout Lilly, Yellow-throated Warbler
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