Posted on May 22, 2015
The report was that a Kirtlands Warbler had been seen at Highbanks Metro Park. There were even pictures on the Central Ohio Birders Facebook page. We don’t usually chase birds but this one wasn’t far from home. Besides, if we weren’t successful in finding it, High Banks, with it’s many nice trails, would be a great place for a hike.
Well, as the title of this post indicates, we didn’t see the Kirtlands Warbler, but not wanting to waste a good day, we set off to see what else we could find.
It was a great day to be in the woods. New green was everywhere. It was quiet except for birds calling, now harder to see with leaves almost fully out. The earth dampened by a recent rain, as well as the flowering plants, released the scent of spring.
Not far down the trail:
As the air started to warm more insects were about:
While not the Kirtlands Warbler, we did see a few birds.
By hikes end, the day had given so much we’d pretty much forgotten about the warbler.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, High Banks Metro Park, Hiking in Ohio, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: Blue Bird, Cape May Warbler, Common Split Gill, Common Whitetail, Diasy Fleabane, Duskywings, Golden-backed Snipe Fly, Indigo Bunting, Jelly Ear Fungus, Pearl Crescent, Sassafras, Sensitive Fern, Silver Spotted Skipper, Summer Tanager, Tiger Beetle, Witches' Butter, Zabulon Skipper
Posted on May 11, 2015
We were on the reservoir early, just as the sun was starting to filter through the trees. There was no wind. Resting your paddle for a quick look around, the canoe, with small ripples, continues moving quietly, just as you left it. A perfect day to see birds as we glided along the wooded shore.
Our route on Alum Creek Reservoir looked something like this:
It wasn’t long before we were hearing birds. In fact we were hearing a lot more than we were seeing. But as is often the case when canoeing on the beautiful morning, it’s tough to complain.
But as we continued to look we managed to catch a Great Crested Flycatcher.
A little further, we pulled out to look for wildflowers.
Not long after, back in the canoe, we spot a sandpiper.
Normally so common as to be a nuisance, it was hard not to admire the parenting skills of Canada Geese.
In the middle of the lake a male Wood Duck let’s us get close enough for a photo.
We finally reach the Osprey nesting area and noticed a least two pair were now nesting in trees along the shore rather than on the nesting platforms situated in the lake. Pretty exciting!
Several different types of swallows were seen. These two posed.
We paddled up the creek and looked for a spot to pull out for lunch. The river flowed quietly, dragonflies cruised by but didn’t land, and a House Wren announced it’s presence, as we ate.
After lunch my wife went exploring for insects
Others were also enjoying the river.
As we headed back to our launch site the warm sun had started to draw turtles out of the water.
Being a rather large reservoir with many inlets, there’s always another one to explore.
We arrived back at our starting point with tired bodies but rested spirits.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek, Alum Creek Reservoir, Alum Creek State Park, Birding in Ohio, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Wild flowers Tagged: Bluets, Canada Geese, Eastern Spiny Soft Shell, Ferns, Great Crested Flycatcher, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Osprey, Solomon Seal, Spotted Sandpiper, Tiger Beetle, Tree Swallow, White-striped Black Moth, Wood Duck
Posted on April 10, 2014
Right now nature is being deceptive. Driving along one of the rural highways that takes us to a local central Ohio metro park, things don’t seem to be coming to life very fast.
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Even when we arrive at the park, in this case Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, the mostly brown landscape doesn’t look very promising.
But, walking into the woods, we can’t help but see and hear birds; Juncos, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Cardinals, Robins, Carolina Wrens, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Phoebe, Song Sparrows, Prothonotary Warblers, Downy, Red-bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers, just to name a few. They seem to be everywhere. Some are no doubt just passing through, but other’s are busy settling in for the season.
Perhaps encouraged by the birds, we start looking closer and discover that there are small wildflowers almost everywhere and that many of the small trees leafing out!
Further on, excited and encouraged by what has been seen so far, we can’t miss an Eastern Box Turtle sunning itself on the creek bank.
We stop by a vernal pool hoping to see one of the many Chorus Frogs that are singing. It gets quiet and we see none. But on the way back to the car, as if to put a colorful “period” at the end of our sentence, a Tiger Beetle lands right before us on the trail.
Later, reflecting on the beautiful day and the brief time spent in the park, it felt as though we had been embraced by all the new life seen and heard, and that maybe, just for a time, it had become us.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Ohio Nature, photography, Spring Tagged: Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Box Turtle, Eastern Phoebe, Louisiana Waterthrush, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tiger Beetle
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