Posted on May 27, 2014
We’re in the process of preparing for a hiking trip in Scotland and what better park than Battelle Darby to go for a long walk. Besides, who knows what flowers, birds, or other wildlife might make an appearance, or what follow bloggers we might meet along the way. My wife cautioned that we shouldn’t stop too often to look at “things” or the walk would lose it’s training effect. As you can see from the photos we weren’t entirely successful in meeting that goal.
The first thing we noticed was an Eastern Meadowlark:
Not long after that wildflowers started to appear:
Where there are flowers:
Not to be outdone the birds started to show up.
At one point along the trail we heard a fairly loud buzzing/whirring sound coming from the nearby woods, like a sound that might be made by many small wings. We headed over to investigate and found a swarm of bees! Have you ever seen such a thing? Neither had we. After pictures were taken we didn’t stick around.
As the trail returned to the river’s edge we collected ourselves and noticed a Common Water Snake relaxing on a rock. A little later a Rat snake was seen but not photographed until another one was seen at the nature center.
A immature Gray Squirrel seems curious as is watches from a trailside tree.
From what we could see on the trees, the park isn’t home to a rich variety of lichens but we did see a very nice shelf fungus.
Our walk was made all the more special because we had the opportunity to meet and take a few minutes to chat with Tracy of Season’s Flow. We left the park tired from the long walk and the many investigative side trips but so much richer for our experience.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Appendaged Waterleaf, Black Cherry, Blue Bird, Canon SX40, Common Water Snake, Daisy Fleabane, Eastern Meadowlark, Foam Flower, Indigo Bunting, Miami Mist, Northern Pearly-eye, Ox-eye Daisies, Panasonic FZ-150, Pearl Crescent, Polypore Fungi, Rat Snake, Red Winged Blackbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Violet Wood Sorrel, Virginia Waterleaf, White or Red Baneberry, Yellow Flag Iris
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