Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday June 16, 2012
An Uncommon Duck
A new visitor was on the lake this week, who doesn’t hail from these parts. Here is the Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck, who comes from the southern tip of TX and central to southern inland FL, and both Mexican coasts. This distinctive and beautiful duck spent three days on Boomer Lake and was alone. A few Mallards tried to provide friendship, but they were ignored by this solitary duck. This bird is supposed to be much more common around the American tropics and the only North American duck with a red bill, which made it seem so distinctive. Fortunately, this duck chose to visit central OK, so I was able to get a few beautiful photos, a definite bonus.
Babies are still very high priority. I came across the proud Western Kingbird parents of these three good looking youngsters. Mind you, I only thought that there were two until today, when I was able to see the third. Mother and father were taking turns feeding these little ones, and there was also what appeared to be a helper or a guard in close proximity, too. The parents appeared to be a little skittish and wary, so I quickly took my pictures and left in a couple of minutes. The nest was out in full view, or at least in my line of sight. They didn’t appear to be deliberately trying to draw attention to themselves, but I was pleased that they were on my walking route.
Also, I found an older Baltimore Oriole than the first one. This little one was out of the nest and making his way all around the tree for an expedition on the second day that I saw it. I was not aware of any siblings and none of the parents were in sight.
North American Songbirds
Here’s a little Great-Tailed Grackle fledgling asking for food. The babies always cry and flap their wings to make their point known, and you know, the funny thing is, they always seem to get exactly what they want. Just like human little ones, eh?
A friend on my walking path, Chuck, stopped me for a few minutes on Monday to chat about a hawk catching a snake and flying off with it. This is the same man that I mentioned last week. It was fortunate that I was delayed a bit, for I came upon the Red-Headed Woodpecker. This is a fast moving woodpecker, and since the light was working against me, I consider myself lucky that I got one decent picture for you to see. I had seen another red head a couple of weeks ago that had been frightened off by a jogger, but I was in the right place at the right time this week.
No Woodpecker Young Ones Yet
The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is still living on the north side of the woods and I stopped by to see if there were any visible young ones. I haven’t seen any as of yet, but that doesn’t mean that none are in his cavity. I am keeping the family in mind each time I go by and hoping for a sign of babies.
Red-Winged Blackbird Fledgling
Mother and father Red-Winged Blackbird were also out with a young one, who was begging for food and getting it on the outing. When they are young, these birds resemble the adult female, as you can see in this picture. A very nice looking bird, I might add!
Friday, this box turtle was right next to my path, so I couldn’t resist getting a shot. This busy one was definitely on a mission, so I didn’t try to keep it from its business. It was obviously something very important, for it was in a great hurry.
End of the Week
Saturday looked like it was promising a good storm a couple of times with these black skies, but nothing ever came. My journey was cut a bit short in view of this and it was so dark, I lost a few pictures, but nothing that I probably won’t get later. So, I came home and made this for myself http://aviannovice.hubpages.com/hub/Vegetable-Egg-Foo-Yung Keep your head to the skies and your eyes on the ground, and I promise you that you will find something wonderful, sooner or later. In the meantime, Happy Birding!