Almost immediately, she jumps off to the side. Confused, I turn to her and give her a questioning look. She points down and...
Thamnophis sirtalis. He was very tiny, only probably a foot long or so. He just calmly froze and attempted to remain invisible. However, I had to move in for a somewhat closer shot.
Here you can see a bit more detail. Eastern Garter Snakes are one of the three types of garter snakes found in Ohio, but by far the most common. Others include the Butler's Garter Snake and the Plains Garter Snake. Eastern Garter Snakes are highly variable, but most have three light stripes on a darker background, which can range from brown like this one to black. Interestingly, in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, almost 50% of Eastern Garter Snakes can be completely black (with some white on the chin), which is something called melanism.
All in all, it was a good trip for Olivia and I. She's a non-birder, but I recently found out she's interested in trying. So, this Sunday we're going to go out and try birding to see if she likes it. I'm quite excited; this might be my first friend to be serious about wanting to pick birding up. Wish her luck in her findings!
Spring seems to be here, for the most part. The trees are beginning to bud and bloom, flowers are coming up, bird migration is picking up, and more. Keep your eyes out my friends, and see what you can find!