Friday, December 31, 2010

DANGER DAM



A low head dam on the Great Miami River in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio. This dam is across the street from the Miami University-Hamilton campus. Low head dams are dangerous, as the sign notes, and this one has claimed a few lives over the years. There's a second low head dam upstream from here, and together the two dams serve to create a pool of water for the once flourishing Hamilton paper industry and other factories. I doubt they'll ever remove these dams, since the pool is useful for the water skiing contests that Hamilton hosts in the summer. It sounds laughable, but it's a big deal. I've seen recordings of some of the contests on ESPN, and they are even duller than televised poker contests. During the summer, there seems to be very little insect life between the two dams. But immediately below this dam, you can find some good stuff, including state endangered Plains Clubtails, like this one:

May 27, 2010.
Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus).
Great Miami River, Hamilton, Butler County Ohio.

Video recorded on December 18, 2010.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Great Horned Owl Duet



This pair of Great Horned Owls were perched in a tree and calling to each other in our backyard last November. Their calls were not very loud, and they were less than 100 feet from the house when I made the recording, just as the last light of day was disappearing. A neighbor's dog was, unfortunately, much louder. You can still hear the owls on the video, though, and you can make out some of their head bobbing and movements, all of which must mean something to them. I hear the owls calling in the morning every now and then. I assume they're a mated pair and are probably going to nest somewhere nearby.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ice fish



"ice fish." Great Miami River, Hamilton, Ohio. December 18, 2010. Just below the low level dam on Neilan Boulevard, across from Miami University, Hamilton Campus.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

water



"water." Great Miami River, Hamilton, Ohio. December 18, 2010.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Bird Count



Walking along the Great Miami River in Hamilton, Ohio. Late afternoon, during the Hamilton-Fairfield Christmas Bird Count. December 18, 2010. This was a snipe hunt exercise, and I found three. One flew from the river edge about 50 yards beyond where I stopped at the end of this video.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

petals tepals sepals peals

"petals tepals sepals peals"