Spring Break is halfway over, and I decided to go out on Wednesday to make the most of it. I traveled to nearby AW Marion State Park (Hargus Lake to you locals) to hike the five mile perimeter trail and see what I could come across.
rare Ross's Goose last year, so it's always worth a closer look. The larger, lone duck at the top of the photo is a Common Merganser, one of the three merganser species found in Ohio. There were a total of four Common Mergansers that I found that day. Common Mergansers are the largest species of duck in Ohio, but are normally only found in winter (They nest farther north). However, according to Jim McCormac's "Birds of Ohio," there was a nesting pair found along Little Beaver Creek in Columbiana County several years ago. But what about the other ducks in the raft?
Stay tuned for more posts as Spring starts to really kick up. I'll be trying to get out more when I go back to Athens and find some interesting insects, spiders, flowers, and whatever else I can come across!