Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday August 4, 2012
Even with intense heat this week, there were a few events definitely worth mentioning. First, Eastern Kingbirds were discovered in a tree that they have never been at before. That lead me to believe that they were probably nesting. That assumption was correct, for I found the nest and got a picture of a fledgling, all accomplished in the same week.
Right in the same vicinity, I captured this lovely pair of Yellow Warblers. Warblers tend to dart about and rarely sit still with all that nervous movement. These I caught on the shore, about ready to get themselves a cool drink of water. Now, when opportunities like this present themselves, they must be taken. Perhaps I can obtain a better photograph later, but I certainly wasn’t about to take my chances and miss this.
Baby Brown Thrashers Coming Near You!
Then I found Mother Brown Thrasher on her nest, and today she was off the nest. There I got a photo of two beautiful little eggs before she returned and told me to cease cramping her style, or she won’t let me photograph the babies when they hatch. I chose to do as she said, for I definitely want you to see the nestlings when they arrive.
Dragonflies in Full Force
During the week, dragonflies have been out in full force. At first I thought that it was time for migration, but as I observe what has been happening, it appears that they are feeding, and feeding heavily. I suspect that they are fortifying themselves for migration, which should be occurring fairly soon. The same is likely happening in your individual areas, as well, so bear this in mind if you see large populations of dragonflies and damselflies.
Many Killdeer are out nesting, hoping to get one more clutch before it is also time for them to be on the migratory route, too. The Killdeer population is very strong this year, and they are definitely on the upswing. They have generally been relatively common, even nesting a good piece from the water, especially in the eastern part of the U.S. The problem with them is that they can nest in what they think is abandoned lots and driveways. Since they nest on the ground, they can be difficult to notice, so many of the eggs are destroyed by mowers and heavy equipment.
Here are a few shots of notable mention. There were a couple of days with some good breezes, so it was a little cooler to be out a little longer than my usual couple of hours each day. One can never take these wonderful birds for granted, or believe that during the heat of the summer, no opportunities will present themselves, for it is really impossible to gauge that hunch. I would rather be out there looking for things than not, because I just don’t want to miss anything. My favorite shots happen to include multiple species, and now is definitely the time to do that. I also have several shots of other miscellaneous things that I wanted you to see, too.
My events of the week are here on this page, and remember to keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!