Friday, September 01, 2006

Yet another walk in the woods

I can't seem to get enough of the Cincinnati Nature Center. We became members today and I plan on making it my new birding hot spot.
Some history of the area (from the Nature Center's website):
Carl Krippendorf was born in Cincinnati in 1875 to German immigrants. His father was the founder and president of the Krippendorf-Dittman shoe company. When young Carl became ill with Typhoid, his doctor counseled the Krippendorfs to send Carl away from the dirty air of the city. A country doctor living in Perintown agreed to house Carl for the summer. Thus began Carl's love affair with nature. In 1898, Carl Krippendorf purchased 97 acres of the land where he spent the summer recuperating to preserve it from becoming a tobacco field. In the heart of his beloved woods, Carl built a home for his new bride, Mary, where they lived for 64 years. Carl and Mary invited everyone they knew to experience the land they loved and affectionately called, "Lob's Wood." It has often been said that no one left the Krippendorf property empty handed. Carl was known to give daffodil, Lycoris and other bulbs to his visitors. Today, Krippendorf Lodge, thousands of daffodils, and the beautiful beech and maple woods continue to preserve the Krippendorf legacy at Rowe Woods in Milford.

I can't wait to see the woods in autumn colors.

The girls were more into hiking today, compared to yesterday. Isabelle was booking it so fast, I had to keep reminding her not to disappear.

I don't know what "cold frames" are or were. Anyone know what this could be? What I could see were old, moss-covered stone steps going down to...?


On this section of trail, you will be strolling along, and suddenly, the Krippendorf Lodge materializes in front of you.

LIFE BIRD ALERT!

I knew I would get one today. Yesterday, I was teased from the treetops by unknown birds, and today, I got to see not one, not two, but four Philidelphia Vireos. A bad photo of a gorgeous bird. And to make it even better, they are rare migrants, so I am doubly lucky to have seen FOUR.

You know, the cool thing about having a rather short (88) life bird list, is that your odds of getting a life bird is pretty good, no matter where you go!

4 comments:

LauraHinNJ said...

Good bird! Don't think I've ever seen one of those.

Those woods look nice and lush - must not be very many deer in the area.

Cold frames are mini greenhouses like, used to start plants, under glass or plastic.

Susan Gets Native said...

Laura dear, you are a wealth of information! Greenhouse....that makes sense, because around that sign are lots of herbs and annuals.
Thanks!

The Swami said...

That Philadelphia Vireo looks like,...wait,.... it is, the same one that was on Bird Chick's blog yesterday. How did it get from Minnesota to southwestern Ohio in less than a day?

And he brought three friends.

Oh the questions, they just never end.

Susan Gets Native said...

Yes, Swami, Birdchick had one on her blog. How did he travel so far in one day?
He flew real fast.