Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
|Zebra Swallowtail on Dogwood Blossoms|
|Dwarf Crested Iris|
|Yellow Lady's Slippers|
|Pink Lady's Slipper|
|Sweet White Trillium, Jewel Wakerobin - t simile|
|Sweet Betsy - t cuneatum|
Telling them apart can be a real challenge. Be sure to use a field guide that puts all of them together for comparison. Since most of them have dark red or white blossoms, you can't rely on color or leaf shape to make an ID. The trick is to look closely at the colors of the reproductive parts - the stamens and ovary.
|Red Trillium, Stinking Benjamin, Red Wakerobin, Stinking Willie - t erectum|
|Solomon's Plume fka False Solomon's Seal|
Saturday, April 25, 2015
|Black-throated Green Warbler|
|Black and White Warbler|
We saw and heard more Hooded Warblers than anything else today. Some on our trip were disappointed not to see more variety, more exotic species of birds. I, on the other hand, was glad for a chance to reinforce my somewhat scanty knowledge of the more common warblers shown here. I don't get out to go birding as often as I did a few years ago, and from year to year I tend to forget birds I might only see once a year. This weekend allowed me to add some good photos to my collection. I only hope I will remember the songs for them after I get home!
|Birding in the Fog|
|Worm Eating Warbler|
Sunday, April 12, 2015
|Flooded Oxbow Wetlands|
|Black and Turkey Vultures|
|Double Crested Cormorant|
I never saw the crests in these Cormorants until recently, and couldn't get a close enough shot of the crests on this guy. But look at him taking off from the water! Several Bald Eagles perched in trees waaayyy across the water, an Osprey circled overhead, and a Red-tailed Hawk perched by the highway. But we didn't find any warblers at all, but saw most of the swallow species from the area.
|Gulls and Caspian Terns|
A sandbar hosted a group of Ring-billed Gulls and Caspian Terns. Some Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Ducks and Scaup joined them with American Coots.
|Red-winged Blackbird Female|
Red-winged Blackbirds called in the reeds trying to establish nesting territories. I think the females are absolutely gorgeous.
|Wood Duck male|
We expected to find some Wood Ducks at Oxbow, but didn't. When I got home, my daughter and the kids invited me to join them at a local park to feed the ducks, and we found this drop dead beautiful Wood Duck there. I'll have to return to Oxbow with some Cincinnati birding friends some day when the water isn't so high.
Saturday, April 04, 2015
|Smoke from GE Appliance Park Fire|
|Flicker Male (left) and Female (right)|
|Flickers - 2 females and 1 male|
|Flickers - Yellow Shafted|
|Purple Martins at Nesting Gourds|
|Canada Goose on Nest|