Posted on April 22, 2017
This post is a bit of a ramble covering our adventures in central Ohio nature over the past week. A search for wildflowers and warblers in area metro parks, a visit to a local city park to see if any warblers were passing through and finally the first long kayak paddle of the year. So I hope you enjoy the ride.
In the spring wildflowers and migrating warblers are usually what comes to mind not turkeys. For me turkeys have always been a fall bird usually associated with a big meal that includes stuffing, gravy, and all the fixins. So a few days ago at Blendon Woods Metro Park it was a bit of a surprise to see a male turkey doing it’s best to convince a female that they should get together.
The purpose of the trip to Blendon was to look for warblers. We were successful in spotting a few including a Black-throated Green which without to much effort eluded the camera’s lens. While we did see a few, we soon found ourselves seduced by the many wildflowers that were in bloom.
When not looking at wildflowers or for warblers there were other things . . .
The day following our trip to Blendon Woods we headed to Clear Creek Metro Park for what turned out to be a rather long hike. Spring is especially fascinating at Clear Creek with a number of plants not found elsewhere in Ohio. The number of butterflies seen (Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Commas, Morning Cloaks, etc.) but not photographed, was truly amazing.
Closer to home within the city limits of Columbus along the Scioto River and Griggs Reservoir spring was also in full swing.
Out on the reservoir there was also lot’s of activity, much of which eluded the camera’s lens, but some subjects cooperated just long enough. Spotted Sandpipers, turtles, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets seemed to be everywhere. As I have undoubtedly mentioned in the past, shooting from a canoe or kayak has it’s own set of challenges, camera shake and the fact that everything is moving just to name a few, so when one gets a relatively good picture it’s truly cause for celebration. When paddling the kayak certain limitations are excepted so a relatively small light superzoom is usually what is taken. It’s easy to tuck out of the way and if it happens go swimming it’s not the end of the world.
In the last week not far from our home it seemed that no matter which way we turned there was something wonderful to see. We hope that’s been your experience also. Thanks for stopping by.
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Posted on April 20, 2016
Recently we visited one of our local metro parks for what turned out to be a more difficult than expected hike. The idea was to look for spring wildflowers and migrating warblers. A few days later, after recovering from the hike, we found ourselves paddling the shoreline of a local reservoir again looking for signs of spring.
Most trees have yet to leaf out which, as the days slowly go by, leaves us wishing things would hurry up. It’s hard not to embrace the idea that nothing says spring like green translucent leaves “stain glassed” by the shadows of branches and light from a low morning sun. However, if one is a wildflower enthusiast you want those ground dwelling plants to have their time in the sun, so no leaves for awhile please. Besides, the bare branches also make migrating birds easier to spot.
We have started hearing, and sometimes seeing, warblers along with a few of the other small migrants.
There were also other suspects:
Larger birds were also in attendance.
Warmer midday temperatures mean more butterflies. They are also seen earlier in the day, defying what seem like way too cool temperatures. Below are three of the many species seen in recent days.
While the canopy is still bare there are things to be seen on the forest floor.
Today, a hike in Clifton Gorge treated us to more beautiful wildflowers, but they will have to wait for another post.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Hiking in Ohio, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: American Lady, Bloodroot, Bluets, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Club Moss, Double-crested Comorant, Duskywing, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Blue Heron, Large-flowered Trillium, Mallard Duck, Morning Cloak, Red-tailed Hawk, Reindeer Lichen, Tree Swallow, Trout Lilly, Wintergreen, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on April 19, 2014
It was a beautiful spring day so, along with some of our hiking buddies, we decided to celebrate with a hike to Yellow Springs by way of Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park. Wildflowers were everywhere, including Virginia Bluebells, Jack in The Pulpit, Toadshade Trillium, and Dutchman’s Breeches but we were most impressed by the Large Flowered Trilliums. The area is one of Ohio’s most beautiful and a great place for spring wildflowers. If you have any interest don’t hesitate, they won’t be around long.
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As we started down the trail it was apparent that things were just starting to green up.
But the view from a distance was deceiving. The first flowers seen were Dutchman’s Breeches. On this day they were more common than the trilliums.
Further on we noticed Virginia Bluebells. They ended up giving the trilliums a run for their money.
A stream along the trail was running cold and clear.
Virginia Waterleaf and Toadshade Trillium also made a guest appearance.
Trout Lillys were making a good case for flower of the day.
But who invited the Wild Ginger?
There were also cameos by some other plants and flowers. Not all of which were identified.
But nothing compared with the Large Flowered Trillium for sheer wow!
Finally after all the excitement it was time for a rest.
Thanks for stopping by.
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