Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday June 23, 2012
There are several highlights this week for your reading pleasure. I was fortunate enough to catch the Western Kingbird nestlings just before they fledged. This is the last photo that I got while they were still in their nest on Monday, and I have not seen them since. Only the nest remains.
Here’s a photo that I thought was rather interesting, and it surprised me that a chase didn’t ensue as a result. A Great Blue Heron happened to be fishing around a gaggle of Canada Geese. This vigorous bathing was going on at the same time. Usually the heron gets irritated and leaves, but that was not the case. Perhaps the hunger pangs weren’t as strong as they have been at other times.
Here’s a sweet little brown rabbit that I have heard referred to as a marsh rabbit. Over the last two months there were four of them and now there are in the neighborhood of twenty. Mind you, I’m only counting the east side of the lake where I haunt. There have also been a few young ones observed, but they are a lot more skittish than the adults. I managed to photograph one. The ears are much shorter on the young ones than on the adults.
Having moved several times to capture what I considered a decent picture or two, this Great Egret was flying all over the lake in search of delicacies. Here he is taking off again after a failed attempt.
This European Starling fledgling hasn’t been out of the nest long. The photo is a bit grainy, as it was very overcast. I tried to get a good shot of the mother feeding this young one, but it just didn’t work out.
Here’s mother Red-Winged Blackbird and her little one. Notice how the little one on the bottom is asking to be fed. This is typical of a fledgling, who will try this trick for as long as tit can possibly use it. Sound like any teenagers that you might know?
A fully fledged American Robin has no fear of people, so here’s a decent photo of this one. Many times they will actually beg for food from a person or even another bird. I have even seen one beg a dog for something to eat.
Birds to Interest You
The Mallards are all doing well and have had a number of families around the lake. The adults have been molting heavily, and it is more noticeable on the males, as they are a lot showier and brighter than the females under normal circumstances. They have been on the dull side now for the past couple of weeks. The upside to this, is that the family unit has been together, instead of the male wandering off with his single male friends.
The Northern Flicker seems to be a bit more elusive than some of the other woodpeckers. I caught this one today searching for food. A similarity with many of the woodpeckers is that they will tap on wood(or the ground, in this case), then turn the head to listen for movement. If they hear something, then they know that food is available.
The Great Tailed Grackle was fortunate in his or her search for this delicious meal and flew off shortly after I got this photo.
The Brown Thrasher was also available today for this shot. They are normally shy, unless defending a nest. I have heard of a few cases where they have gone after the head of an unsuspecting person walking by. Remember this bird, just in case it happens to you!
The week is over, and I’ll be in search of other things in the following week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head to the clouds. Happy Birding!
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