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Winter Weather Walk.

December 14, 2013

This past week has turned central Ohio into a winter wonderland.  Snow on the ground arrived a bit early this year.

This past week an uncommon bird was spotted out at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.  I decided to brave the weather and go look for it.  Though I didn’t find it, I did take some wintry pictures that I thought I’d share.

It was windy and temperatures were in the mid-20s when I took these…I was alright if I kept moving, but got chilled otherwise!

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Gusty winds and blowing snow- how seasonal!

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The water was mostly-ice free, but you know it was cold

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The white bark of the Sycamore Trees blended in well with the snowy landscape

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The sun unfortunately didn’t warm things up much

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The nearby creek had an interesting color- water is like that, and can surprise you

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Bushes were mostly bare of leaves, but there were plenty of Honeysuckle berries out this early in the winter

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Plants were done for the year, though offering seeds to the wind and wildlife

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Canada Geese didn’t seem to mind the weather too much

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Robins ate berries, a plentiful food supply

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This Song Sparrow looked a bit wind-ruffled

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Tree Sparrows ate Aster seeds in the brushy areas

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This White-Throated Sparrow posed handsomely for me

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Winter is here…weather-wise, at least!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2013 5:43 am

    A lovely wintery birdy walk, I really enjoyed looking at your photos and appreciating the beautiful landscape 🙂

  2. December 15, 2013 10:15 am

    Beautiful, Tracy – it looks a lot like our snow swept landscape here. I just learned that robins stay through the winter if they have adequate fruit food sources – your photo proves that!

  3. December 15, 2013 11:17 am

    I am sorry that you didn’t see the uncommon bird but I enjoyed your walk so your loss was our gain.

  4. December 15, 2013 7:02 pm

    I think we caught up to you last night. We got about 8-9 more inches. I’m hoping it’ll warm back up to freezing soon.

    • December 15, 2013 7:26 pm

      Ouch! That’s more than our 4 inches (though an inch or two was added on top of that). It’s one of those weather patterns where it snows every 3 or 4 days here. I’m more used to that in January or February than in December!

  5. December 17, 2013 2:13 pm

    Hi. I love how your post moves us closer and closer during the walk!!! love those little tracks. Jane

  6. December 23, 2013 2:10 am

    What’s not to like about a place with a water source and birds?

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