Tuesday, January 24, 2012
"One of the largest bird species in Ohio, populations of the great blue heron are widely distributed throughout the state. Native to Ohio, there was a time when heron numbers dwindled as these birds’ feathers were a favorite of the millinery trade during the 1800s. The great blue heron is often observed motionless, as it pursues its prey while standing in a stream, river or wetland. Unlike numerous other predators that actively stalk on foot or wing, the great blue heron takes the complete opposite approach–it stands still, watching the water for a fish. Then in the blink of an eye, in a sharp and seamless movement it will snare its prey."
Ok, so they do exist in Ohio. But, in JANUARY!?!
I read a bit further and came up with this quote from the same site:
"The herons will migrate to warmer areas with unfrozen waters in the winter; rarely does a great blue heron remain in the state at this time of year. They return to Ohio as soon as the ice melts mid-February in warm years and mid-March during a particularly long or cold winter."
I am thinking that this guy is hanging around because it is so unseasonably warm. I will look for him again!
Here are some pics of each that I snagged from Wiki(!)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Right now I am in Loveland, Ohio. We just had an ice storm and most people wish they were in Florida! But, if you take a walk (carefully!) and take a look at the glaze ice it is beautiful. Here are two pictures I took - the first on Loveland Avenue and the second on the Loveland Bike Trail. Also, I have inserted a link to Wiki article about Glaze ice with more pics that are almost as good as mine - jk - pictures of grass with glaze ice are cool - I did not think to take pics of grass... My second pic is of seed heads on a weed. They look like jewels.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaze_ice