Not far from the Hills of Hocking is a State Nature Preserve, located in Rockbridge, Oh.
Follow this link for directions and details.
|Rock Bridge, a natural geological formation|
|The trail head from the parking lot.|
There is a grassy path leading far back into the wood to take you to the rock formations. It is an easy mile trot, which offers some of the most spectacular birding I have witnessed, maybe ever. This trail was literally hopping with birds!
|Favorite fall fruit: Poison Ivy.|
The tree row along the path was festooned in fruit, and the birds were making good use of it. Yellow-rumped Warblers, Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, and numerous other species. All were being escorted by Carolina Chickadees: tour guides for the migrants.
Oft disdained, poison ivy is a native plant most beneficial for wildlife. In the proper place, well away from the path, it is a lovely component of a natural habitat.
|Feeding warblers- never give head shots.|
Fall colors splashed along this walk, goldenrods, asters, and the burgundy hues of oak leaves. It was a study in bird-friendly native habitat and a most pleasant walk on a fall afternoon.
|Dark-eyed Junco has returned.|