Posted on October 3, 2019
Perhaps it’s the flowers or the number of sunny blue sky days that have populated the last few weeks, but so far our journey through early autumn, perhaps a bit warmer than one would expect, has been a wonderful celebration of the time of year.
Blue Jays, along with migrants from the north adding to the local population, are commonly heard engaged in their noisy banter as we explore local parks.
By late morning and early afternoon there are always butterflies and dragonflies keeping us company. It has been a banner year in central Ohio for the Common Buckeye. It’s difficult to remember a year when we’ve seen so many. Several years ago it was late September before we saw our first one. At the other extreme we’re not sure we’ve seen even one Morning Cloak this year. Could the same weather patterns or events be responsible for both of these outcomes? One can only wonder. One interesting bit of information we recently uncovered is that, depending on the severity of the weather, Buckeyes can successfully overwinter in Ohio. This could explain this year’s early sightings.
A few days back, while I was fishing, my wife was excited to find a Dainty Sulfur in Griggs Reservoir Park. To make matters worse not only did I miss the butterfly I didn’t catch any fish.
Little Yellow butterflies, while not as uncommon, were seen in another area park. We usually observe this butterfly in Florida during the winter.
Other butterflies were also present:
In recent days, no doubt due to the extended warm weather, we’ve noticed more dragonfly activity. The following images are of some of the more noteworthy ones seen. The Wandering Glider is not uncommon but hardly ever lands so it was a real treat to get a picture. This aptly named carnivorous insect is the widest ranging dragonfly and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
The small furry creatures all seemed busy, usually with a nut in their mouth, and were hard not to notice.
The autumn nights, now longer than the days, usher us too quickly through the season. In keeping with this journey the next post will be about fall warblers as they make their way through central Ohio. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature, Wildflowers Tagged: Blue Jay, Blue-faced Meadowhawk, Buckeye, Chipmunk, Dainty Sulfur, Eastern Comma, Eastern-tailed Blue, Fox Squirrel, Illinois River Cruiser, Little Yellow Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly, Praire Dock, Viceroy, Wandering Glider
Posted on July 18, 2017
Recently we were thinking about all the birds that nest in Griggs Reservoir Park or in the immediate environs. A list of some of the more interesting ones would go something like this:
Cardinal, Northern Flicker,
Black-crowned Night Heron,
Northern Parula Warbler,
Kingfisher, Wood Duck,
Great Blue Heron
. . . ,
well I think you get the idea. It’s amazing that just a few years ago we were ignorant of much of this. To become more aware has taken time coupled with repeated outings to the park and reservoir. While some visits have been pretty quiet, in general learning about the birds has been a rewarding activity.
Too further this point, recently we’ve been fortunate to photograph a few of the “youngsters”. The always active Kingbirds have been hard to miss.
While we’ve heard them calling from time to time over the past few weeks, Yellow-throated Warblers have been illusive so the one below was a pretty exciting find!
Always cute, a few Mallard ducklings were present along the reservoir. Interesting because we’ve seen a stream of ducklings over the last two months indicating there is no fixed time to mate.
While not youngsters, a few other birds also allowed us to take their picture. For those of you that have tried to photograph a Kingfisher you know they don’t usually cooperate so even an average picture is an accomplishment.
As mentioned above the birds have been rewarding but we never imaged we would discover a new snake right within the city limits of Columbus! It was seen while canoeing Griggs Reservoir and was located in a low lying bush overhanging the water. While looking at the one below another one splashed into the water. Needless to say we were very excited by this discovery!
Summer wildflowers have benefited from the recent rain.
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you know that in the summer we tend to focus more on insects. This year is no exception, except I’ve finally really caught the “bug” from my wife. Having made that declaration, as hard as I look I will never match her ability to see these little guys!
The photo of the below dragonfly was an especially exciting because it very seldom lands.
There was a time when I wasn’t all that excited about “insects”, pointing my camera at butterflies, dragonflies, and the like only when the birds weren’t cooperating. Arriving home after one such an outing I took a close look at the images obtained and was amazed at the beauty of many of these creatures that are so easy for us to disregard. It’s hardly breaking news but some time ago I heard that if we compared the weight of all humans with that of all insects we would make up a very small piece of the pie. The below chart illustrates that point. For life to exist on this small sphere we stand on the shoulders of giants but in our case they are very small giants. Something to think about!
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Insects, Ohio Nature, waterfalls, Wildflowers Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Dasher, Blue Jay, Blue Vervain, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Common Dogbane Beetle, Duke's Skipper, Eastern-tailed Blue, Giant Spreadwing, Joe-pye Weed, Kingbird, Lazard's Tail, Mallard Ducklings, Metillic Gold Fly, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Pelecinid Wasp, Queen Snake, Question Mark, Robber Fly, Silvery Checkerspot, Soldier Fly, Spicebush Swallowtail, Swamp Milkweed, Tall Blue Lettuce, Wandering Glider, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on October 9, 2016
Usually when we think of autumn color we’re thinking about leaves but recent outings in central Ohio have revealed that in the autumn color can come in many different shapes and sizes. The pictures below celebrate things we’ve seen in the last two weeks hiking and paddling. While peak color is still about two weeks away, it’s hard not to be charmed by the splashes of color amongst the predominately green landscape.
The green corridor along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River is still providing opportunities to view migrated birds as well as local residents.
. . . and plenty of insects, spiders, and flowers too!
Mudflats and logs exposed along Alum Creek due to slightly lower water levels provided an opportunity to see a few shorebirds.
The little bit of rain we’ve had recently brought out some fungi.
Unlike two or three weeks ago when there were Ospreys everywhere, when we paddling the north end of Alum Creek Reservoir last Thursday none were seen. However, there were a lot of cormorants and gulls.
As if sensing the warm weather won’t last forever . . .
The amount of insect activity we’ve seen in the last two weeks has been been truly amazing. We haven’t had our first frost yet so I’m sure a lot will change once that happens. Meanwhile we’ll continue to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek, Alum Creek Reservoir, Birding in Ohio, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Blue-fronted Dancer, Blue-headed Vireo, Calico Aster, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cape May Warbler, Carolina Wren, Common Checkered Skipper, Corn Earworm Moth, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Green Heron, Grey Hairstreak, Monarch Butterfly, Non-inky Coprinus, Northern Flicker, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Praying Mantis, Red-tailed Hawk, Solitary Sandpiper, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Variable Orb Weaver, Variegated Fritillary, Wandering Glider, Witches' Butter, Yellow-throated Vireo
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