Posted on September 26, 2019
Every once and awhile, rather than just a fleeting glimpse, one gets the opportunity for a longer look and the chance observe the fascinating behavior of birds. Sometimes it’s easy to figure out what going on, other times it’s just cute.
Just above the dam in Griggs Reservoir Park a Green Heron lands and proceeds to do a little preening. At the end of the process it’s hard to know whether he was really happy with the results.
At Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, with caterpillar in tow, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo flys across the trail and lands. As if it were wrestling with a large snake, it takes some time for it’s prey to be subdued sufficiently for consumption. Afterward the bird “seems” to have a pleased look on it’s face.
At Griggs Reservoir Park an Eastern Phoebe tries different poses in an “apparent” effort to please the photographer.
Recently being outdoors has been more about insects and late summer wildflowers and a feeling of time fast passing. In the world of birds, outings have been rewarded with herons, cuckoos, and phoebes, etc. However, during today’s paddle on the reservoir a few warblers were seen, so here’s hoping for more sightings in the days to come.
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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.
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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 July 28, 2016
We’ve been busy documenting nature’s summer in central Ohio. If you are fascinated by insects this is your time of year but be prepared to look closely. The summer heat has done little to discourage the wildflowers which in a shout of color announce their presence. The below shots were taken along Griggs Reservoir and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I hope they put you in a summer kind of mood.
Hope you enjoyed this summer celebration of nature in central Ohio. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, fishing in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, kayak fishing, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: American Goldfinch, Barn Swallow, Biennial Gaura, Bison, Black Swallowtail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Catbird, Chicory, Coneflower, Cup Plant, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Pondhawk, Eastern Wood Pewee, Gray Headed Cone flowers, Great Blue Heron, Hackberry Emperor, Hairy Wood Mint, Halberd-leaved Rose-mallow, Hummingbird Moth, Least Skipper, Leopard Frog, Luna Moth, Mallard Ducklings, Milk Weed Beetle, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Peck's Skipper, Phlox, Rose Pink, Royal Catchfly, thistle, Widow Skimmer, Wild Lettuce, Wild Potato Vine, Wing Stem, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Posted on May 22, 2016
At least that was our experience this year. After a somewhat disappointing one day trip to Magee Marsh at the beginning of “The Big Week” we decided to concentrate our efforts locally. Specifically Griggs Park and Kiwanis Riverway Park, with one trip to the O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Twin Lakes Area. We kept seeing birds, repeats and new ones, at Griggs and Kiwanis so we kept going back. What made it so unbelievable was that both places are just a few minutes from our house so it wasn’t much of a leap to go from thinking about it to being out there with binoculars and camera. How much easier can it get?
So below is a photographic record of most of the birds we saw along with views of other things beautiful or fascinating seen along the way.
Things seem to be tapering off a bit but one never knows for sure till several days have past. In any case, even if they were all to up and leave tonight, it’s been a great spring migration.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Griggs Reservoir, Kiwanis Riverway Park, nature, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: American Redstart, Bay Breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Blue Jay, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cedar Waxwing, Crestnut-sided Warbler, Dryad's Saddle, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, False Solomon's Seal, Giant Swallowtail, Goats Beard, Gray Cheeked Thrush, Great Crested Flycatcher, House Wren, Large Flowered Valerian, Northern Flicker, Panasonic FZ200, Phlox, Pliladelphia Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler, Red-eared Slider, Robin, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Swainson's Thrush, Wild Hyacinth, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Posted on May 15, 2016
It’s a mile and a half each way.
A city park offering a glimpse of nature
the reward for a fast walk
made easier by the damp cold wind
and a sky going from light to dark gray.
In it’s cruel way spring was in reverse.
A place not special to most
especially given the weather
few would be there.
So in the quiet, perhaps a chance for magic.
House after house sameness
gave way to a spontaneity of green.
Would anything feel like celebrating the solitude of the day?
In the park hat brim lowered into a light rain
but continued on.
Then, after some distance, amidst the muted color as if seeking shelter, they appeared . . .
gray cold gave way to enchantment.
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