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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday September 8, 2012
Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, and Cooler Weather
We’re into a cooler spell right now, and frankly, it was quite pleasant to be at the lake today at 61 degrees Fahrenheit. It sure is a welcome change from the sweltering heat. Green Heron was out fishing this morning in the sheltered southern inlet and caught himself a very nice fish. Not far from him in the same vicinity was Great Blue Heron, standing under a tree and watching some Mallards as they were feeding. It’s almost as if the cooler weather brings a bit of a sense of calm.
Earlier in the week, I noticed that we’re beginning to get some of our fall foliage. This was taken on a cloudy day, but the white with this particular shade of green gives a very relaxing color combination. Perhaps when this is in full bloom I can get another shot for you.
The Antics Continue!
Great Egret has been sharing the lake with a number of kin. They have been soaring over and surveying everything, playing, and being involved in antics with one another. As a matter of fact, I have been coming to the lake recently, just to see what kith and kin are going to be doing. The amazing thing is that nothing is ever the same with the egrets. They have been chasing each other, dodging and darting, catching fish, and enjoying themselves while the weather is so good. I have heard that there is now a group of about three dozen that are sleeping on the lake at night.
The Northern Mockingbird is still around, but he has been silent. Instead of imitating every sound under the sun, the mockers have been winding down for the season. The only thing that I have heard them imitate recently, are the Blue Jays, but for the most part, they just haven't been vocal at all.
I caught this bird yesterday during the early morning, which is why he has that soft glow just basking over him atop the tree that he was on.
The Downy Made an Appearance
Also yesterday, while I was making my final rounds, I saw a rustle in a tree where a Mourning Dove was in plain view. Naturally, I wanted to identify this shape which was moving rapidly and stopping in the foliage. I saw this small flash of red on the head, and I thought, could it be?
Yes, it sure was, that wonderful little male Downy Woodpecker was there. I had not seen the male before at the park, only the female. Certainly, I was pleasantly surprised, as they are rarely out in an open field like this.
Keeping Track of Birds
Surprisingly, there are not too many Great Blue Herons around the lake any more. It has been dominated by the Great Egrets, but there never really were Great Blue Herons in numbers. My plan for these weekly columns is to do comparisons to the type of birds seen as well as the number during the following year. My hopes are to see if this year was a fluke since we had such an early spring, and see if these birds come back around the same time in the following year. Has anyone been keeping track of when their birds arrive for the season?