Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday April 7, 2013
Can I Book you a Spot?
Two and a half days of rain this week brought up the water table about two feet, but another four feet wouldn’t hurt the lake a bit. There was a lot of concern as many sandbars had been showing, and the gulls actually had two places to stand around instead of one, which they really shouldn’t have had any. Birds have been visiting the Southern Cove once again, and things are getting back to normal.
Birds having been coming around in droves, and migration is seriously underway. I have seen clouds of the black birds, and a good part of them are northbound. The Bonaparte’s Gulls have joined our Ring-billed Gulls, and I saw a handful of terns heading north earlier in the week. None of them stopped for a recharge, so I know that some will be by at a later date.
The state bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, has returned. I saw my first one yesterday. He is a beautiful specimen, perched on some tall grass, the epitome of grandeur. When our bird is home, only then is spring truly here.
The Blue-winged Teals have also been here to visit, and they will be around for the season. The Northern Shoveler is also here, but I have not had the opportunity to get a good picture this season. Even though they are good sized ducks, I prefer to have a more fitting picture than a tiny speck. I spotted my first one in early March, all by his lonesome on Goose Island.
Today I wandered up to the Northern Reaches, and birds were heard everywhere. I kept away from the rookery, but I did see a number of Great Blue Herons flying in that direction. If there are young, I don’t want to have the colony upset at this time. The Northern Cardinals, woodpeckers of all types, and this fine looking Eastern Bluebird are all doing well on the outskirts of the park. The water level is good, and if we get any more rain, it will certainly fill in the area.
There are at least three Great White Egrets, but they are skittish until they have been around for a while. By the time they were well-established last year, I could get within two feet of some of them.
The Pied-billed Grebes have finally paired, the Eastern Meadowlark is also home and singing heartily, the Great White Pelican is in flight on the lake, and the Double-Crested Cormorants are moving closer inland. The Bald Eagle has gotten his daily fish, so yes, Boomer Lake promises to be home to a good group of assorted birds again this year. We surely can’t ask for a lot more, as Goose Island is also doing well, and seems more populated than it was last season. There are pairings aplenty, and before you know it, the eggs will be lain and some young ones will be on the water showing themselves off and learning the ways of the world.
One Year Ago
- Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday, April 7, 2012
Here's this weeks exciting information at Boomer Lake Park. The birth of the first goslings was the big events and there are a few other things. Hope this whets your appetite to see!
Life in the Fast Lane
The Mockingbirds are calling the Blue Jays simply to irritate them, and they are doing their mating dances already. The Cowbirds are also home and ready to leave eggs for unsuspecting mothers, so nature has been pulling at all the birds in a number of directions.
Let me hear what has been happening in your part of the country, and I’ll let you know more on spring next week. Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding to one and all!