Posted on April 18, 2019
While working on a blog post pertaining to time spent in Florida earlier this year I was interrupted. However, unlike many interruptions this one was good. Spring wasn’t just knocking, it was banging on the door, calling us to come out and play. In just the last few days nature has exploded in central Ohio making it hard for my wife and I to contain our enthusiasm. Hopefully this post will convey just a little bit of the excitement.
One of the first clues that things were changing more rapidly were the wildflowers.
Then there were the birds, all of which seemed very busy.
Some behavior seemed odd.
Other birds were just enjoying the warmer weather.
The Great Egrets in their breeding plumage continued to enchant us.
But the days real excitement was generated when we spotted a newly arrived spring migrant.
As if the wildflowers and birds weren’t enough, more turtles than we’ve ever seen on one log decided to get into the act.
We hope our enthusiasm rubs off on our readers and everyone gets out to witness springs transformation in their neighborhood.
Walking in the freshness of an early spring morning
along a path lined with trees just clothed in translucent green
with the sights, sounds, and smells of nature
I am reborn.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Griggs Reservoir Park, Ohio Nature, Scioto River Tagged: Blue Jay, Canada Goose, Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, Dryad's Saddle, Dutchman's Breeches, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Mallard Duck, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Redbuds, Spring Beauties, Tufted Titmouse, Virginia Bluebells, Yellow Trout Lilly, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on April 22, 2014
We weren’t sure what we’d find but thought a walk around O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve might reveal some wildflowers and maybe a few migrating warblers. No warblers were observed but there were plenty of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers to keep us entertained. While the warblers were a bit disappointing the wildflowers were not. The area has always been good for them and this year is no exception.
Located on the west side of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, we’ve always enjoyed intimate nature of the preserve. This quality is at least partly due to the small streams that flow through it on their way to the reservoir.
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We hadn’t walked far when we started seeing Tree Swallows. They’re beautiful birds but are responsible for fewer Bluebirds being seen as they appear to have set up housekeeping in the Bluebird boxes.
In a cove a Great Blue Heron and Great Egret were looking for lunch.
While walking along one of the creeks we noticed a hole where a large wasp had just emerged. It least that’s our best guess.
A little further on a mysterious black fungus was seen on an Beech tree.
We figured it out from a post on the The Beautiful Wildlife Garden site. It turns out that, “the Beech Wooly Aphid (Grylloprociphilis imbricator) feeds by sucking the fluids from Beech leaves and twigs. They leave behind a sugary honeydew which collects on the leaves and other parts of the tree, and can invite a fungus to form, called Black Sooty Mold”.
We had some fun trying different angles with the Trout Lilies in an effort to reveal different aspects of the flower.
But it was hard to ignore the other flowers.
Beech leaves from last fall don’t want to let go.
Tree trunk landscape.
Just starting to be green.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography, Spring Tagged: Coltsfoot, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Tree Swallow, Twinleaf, Yellow Trout Lilly
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