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Life at Boomer Lake With Deb, Sunday July 15, 2012
The Killdeer Will Rise Again!
Since it has been so hot and the water is going down at Boomer Lake, we now have a shore again. The Killdeer are getting ready to nest again, and some most likely have nests already. There are 15 of them on the north and east sides of the lake, so they definitely are proliferating and there is no danger of them hitting the endangered list here. There appear to be five pairs or better on the shoreline. The downside is that if we get a substantial amount of much needed rain, the eggs could end up under water.
What Are You Doing Up There?
A Great Blue Heron took to the trees for three days this week, even during a fairly warm part of the day. I was seriously thinking that he was addled since he was in Mockingbird Tree on the east side of the lake, putting up with the harassment from one of them. Evidently it decided that the mockingbirds were lords and ladies over that tree, for he moved elsewhere.
We Finally Have Kids!
The Chimney Swifts have nestlings, and I managed to see one when I was out yesterday. Surprisingly, none of the adults were home at the time, and a little one wandered out. This of course, allowed me this wonderful photo opportunity. The House Sparrows and Purple Martins are all still living in this martin house and are good neighbors for one another. At least there is no riff raff in this apartment housing.
Babies are still everywhere, and I happened to be in the area when a starling was gathering nesting material. Not only do starlings hang around geese in hopes that bugs will jump out of the grass where the geese are feeding, but those in need will snap up the wonderful down feathers for underlayment in a nest. The starlings are, without a doubt, opportunists of the first degree.
Due to the lack of rain, the cracks in the ground are getting wider, and I discovered that lizards are living in them. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to be fast enough in obtaining photos of these little speedsters. One of these days, though, my time will come.
Info From an Area Resident
A lady duck hunter happened to chat a bit with me yesterday. She showed me photos of her yellow lab with the ducks that he retrieved, and they were beautiful. Not that I advocate hunting for me, I shall not hold it against other people. She told me that I can look forward to seeing Canvasbacks in autumn, and I am honestly looking forward to fall migration this year. It’s always exciting to get glimpses of birds on their way through to Central and South America, and that will begin for the northern regions in late August.
Special Guest Stars
The red wasp finally allowed me a photo, and I also found this gorgeous blue damselfly while chatting with the Killdeer on the shore. Today I got this wonderful locust casing, as it recently shed its outer shell. The detail is just marvelous, don’t you agree?
Here’s a few other photos for you to take a look at. One of my favorite types of photos includes multiple species, so I thought that you might like that, as well. A goose came rather close, so I took this shot. Notice the serrations on the bill. This Canada Goose actually hopped from the shore onto the mainland, and used its wings to steady itself. Then for those of you that are in hot climates like me, I thought that you might like to see this nice water spray. I hope that the idea cools you down a little.
This is all that I have for you this week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Until next week, happy birding!