Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday August 26, 2012
Three for the Price of One
Saturday night we got some much needed rain. The lake has another six inches in it, and the water birds are happy, as the sheltered southern area hosted the Green Heron and a Great Blue Heron looking for their breakfast.
Here’s a group of three Great Egrets that I mentioned in another story. The fourth was a little too far away for me to include it in a photo. I recall that last summer on one evening just before dark, there were about fifty of them clustered in the area of Veterans’ Memorial for the night. It was a wonderful sight, and hopefully, I will be able to see a large group of them for you to get a photo. Wish me luck.
A Young Mourning Dove
This young Mourning Dove hung around for me to get this picture, while the parents flew off. The young ones don’t have much fear in them, which is one way that you can tell them apart from the adults.
Starring the Great Egret
For entertainment value, a Great Egret was located in a tree, then another one was playing on the ground, picking up sticks, as well as an egret feather. It seems like boredom affects the birds, too, so we can’t claim we are the only ones that might have nothing to do.
The Canada Geese Non-Residents Have Left
Many of the Canada Geese have left the area and moved onto parts unknown. The residents are flying well, having regained their new primary feathers, yet Goose Island is still abandoned. Evidently it is only used during breeding season.
The Yellow Warbler was out bathing when I found her early one morning. She is small enough to enjoy this lovely little puddle that she found. These are striking little birds, but move so quickly, so again, I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.
The Great Blue Heron and the Mallard are in a nice little area and seem to be posing in this spot. I couldn’t resist this particular photo.
Migration is Underway
A Cattle Egret made an appearance today, but wouldn’t let me get close enough to get a good photo. These birds seem to be a bit skittish and don’t care to be around people. Their name is as it implies: they generally hang around livestock in pastures and feed on large insects disturbed by the animals. At one point, it did appear to have found some sort of insect, but I was too far away to tell what it was.
This week, the Red-Winged Blackbird appears to be leaving, as I saw less of them. Along with the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, who left a while ago, both birds are migratory. My understanding is that some new ducks should be coming around this fall, like the Canvasback and the Redhead, which I am looking forward to seeing. I happened to get a bead on a tip where I might find an eagle once in a while, so I will do my best to keep that area in mind.
Until next week, keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!