Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday April 14, 2013
Punxsutawney Phil Knows for Sure
I hate to say it, but the groundhog was right. There really was six more weeks of winter. The birds were fooled, and so was I. That will sure teach me a lesson. All over the country this week, we have been having cold weather, and I was told today that more of it is on the way.
Northern Shovelers, Pelicans, and Turtles
Even the birds are two weeks behind. Two weeks earlier, I saw Northern Shovelers, but by the same token, I wasn’t observing pelicans all winter, either. The red eared slider turtles have been out on sunny days, and their barometers really don’t seem to care one way or the other if it is warm one day and cool the next. They will just not show their faces if the air temperature is cooler than the water. It is that simple for them.
Butterflies at Large
Butterflies have been out on warm days, and I still am trying to capture them on something pretty, especially if they will stay still long enough. We’re still waiting for the monarchs, viceroys, and admirals, but once the temperatures remain constant, I believe that they will, too.
The Brown Thrasher has also returned, the Pied-billed Grebes are finally paired, and the Northern Shovelers were out on one day, perhaps fifty of them on Goose Island. They kept to themselves on the lower tier, so the geese that were on the upper tier left them alone. Even the pelican is being ignored, but I’m surprised that they stayed as long as they did with the constant noise coming from the geese.
Buffleheads are Mating!
I observed a real treat a couple of days ago. The Buffleheads are actively mating on Boomer Lake, so I spent a good hour observing and photographing. I wanted to share a couple of the photos with you today, but my intention is to update my story on The Beautiful Little Bufflehead. Several more pictures will end up going with that piece on Tuesday, at the latest.
Updated Text and Photos on The Beautiful Little Bufflehead
- The Beautiful Little Bufflehead
Here's some knowledge about the Bufflehead, including a photo of what the ducklings look like. After viewing these photos, you will be able to recognize these gorgeous ducks, and be able to discern male from female readily.
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher really hasn’t been too happy with the fluctuations in weather, so he only tends to appear on the warmest of days. Here’s one of the pictures that I happened to get on one of those days, so now all can be aware that the state bird of Oklahoma has found his way home. The females should be back in about a week or so, as the males arrive first to choose their territory and then a mate.
Laughing Gulls have been in the area for several days now in greater numbers than before. I was told that gulls are never in Oklahoma this late in the year. It seemed that they were gone a lot sooner last year, so it’s good that my suspicions were actually confirmed.
Birding in Oklahoma
My friend, Jeannie, and I had a wonderful outing at the lake today, but we were actually on a couple of missions. The first, was to help me set up my new lens for my camera on a beefier tripod. This unit will not have the easy maneuverability of the last setup, but I will only be using it on sunny days. On cloudy days, I will still have to use the other lens, as it has more capabilities for the introduction of light.
The second mission was trying to find the Bald Eagle’s nest in this area. We didn’t have any luck on where I suspected that it was located, but we did speak to a couple of college students that were seeking it, as well. We were given a couple of leads that we will follow up on, so perhaps I’ll have more news for you on that next week.
Canada Goslings are Here
Also today, while at the lake much earlier, I saw what appears to be the first goslings of the season. They are two weeks later than last year, but they are here. Take a gander at this beautiful brood, and these will surely tell you that spring really is here.
One Year Ago
- Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday April 14, 2012
Here's this week's hub on the birds at Boomer Lake. Prepare to lose yourselves in the world of Oklahoma.
In the meantime, keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!
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