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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday, August 4, 2013
National Birding News Brought to You by the American Birding Association
The Berylline Hummingbird is a Honduran and Mexican native. In Mexico, it favors the oak-laden hill country, but it is also found in temperate forests in part. In the U.S., it has been located in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, where it prefers mountain canyons. This hummingbird breeds in Arizona, and will hybridize with other species.
It did not make an appearance in 2012, which is not unusual for an irruptive species, but returned in 2013, a joyous occasion.
Read more here: http://blog.aba.org/john_puschock
Changes that Affect Canada and the U.S.
The biggest news is that Sage Sparrow has been split into the Sagebrush Sparrow and Bell's Sparrow. This information has been published by the American Ornithologist's Union. What's the difference? Contact the American Birder's Association at http://blog.aba.org for further information. Mr. Jeffrey Gordon, birder extrordinaire, would be more than pleased to entertain any questions that you might have on this exciting topic.
In British Columbia, a Crested Auklet was seen offshore near Tofino and the Mottled Duck was photographed in Morgan, CO.
Mottled Duck plumage is darker than a female Mallard, and the bill is yellower. The lack of the broad white border to the speculum is the key to differentiating the Mallard and the Mottled Duck in flight.
Regional Birding Info--Check Your Own State!
Boomer Lake has seen more activity with the cicada, and here is an actual live one instead of just a shell. Thousands of them are hanging in trees and shrubs, and their sound is soothing to some and deafening to others. As you can see, this one blends perfectly on this oak tree.
No Monarchs have been seen, but there have been viceroy, the silvery checkerspot, and the beautiful Gulf Fritillary. Several others have also been spotted, but conditions weren't good enough to be able to obtain those photos. Sadly, I don't yet have a macro lens for my camera, but I am thinking of getting one, so I can bring you much better pictures of butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, and other pertinent insect life.
Is it or is it not in effect? I will stick my neck out in front of birders that are more experienced than I am, and give you a resounding “Yes!” And why is that? The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher population is on its way out without a question, and today I saw a group of Forster’s Terns. From what I have been hearing around other parts of the country, people are seeing birds that just don’t belong, as well as others that haven’t been seen since mid-spring. Forster's Tern visited Boomer Lake for a short time in the spring before it was northbound. Next!
Previously, I had only seen one to three of these birds in one general space, but a few days ago, I was lucky enough to see eight of them. Imagine that, when a Great Egret, who was minding its own business was nearly assaulted by some of them fluttering around it. There was no question that they were highly disturbed when they spotted me, but they did circle the area, and return to their original spot for a short time where I was able to obtain a couple of these so-so photos.
These wonderful songbirds are still within their fields on Boomer Lake, belted out glorious calls. There is no indication that they have any moving planned any time soon. I consider them a welcome diversion to my usual hunts when I hear them in the background, which is how I know that all is well in the neighborhood.
Yours truly was stopped by an area resident, who happened to mention that red foxes were brought to Stillwater by a gentleman several years ago from Ponca City. They are holding fast in the area, and the originals have left their legacy here to stay. For those Stillwater residents that frequent the west side of the lake, keep these beautiful foxes in mind. They are not indigenous to the area. This might just give me a reason to get to the west side of the lake upon occasion.
This wraps up our report on Boomer Lake this week. Keep your head in the clouds and your eyes to the ground until next week. Happy birding, especially for the migrations in your area
One Year Ago and Deb's Photography Blog
- Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday August 4, 2012
There's some important news this week, along with the great photos of Deb Hirt. What's been going on in your neck of the woods?
- PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEB HIRT