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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday December 23, 2012
Winter is Officially Here!
Boomer Lake is now officially within the arms of winter, but as the day progresses, it seems to go into hiding. In the early mornings, there is a bit of ice on the water that is truly a reminder that even though the seasons change, fall is still able to hold on as long as it can. Rumor has it that there is a good chance for a white Christmas, and you can bet that no matter how cold it is, I will be out there searching for our beautiful birds and how they are faring. Perhaps I will encounter some memorable moments, so do keep a watch for that.
Our winter birds that are here now seem to be here for the season, and they have been providing some excellent opportunities for photos. I caught a Ring-billed Gull sliding on the ice, doing all that it could to retain its balance.
The sweet little Dark-eyed Juncos still have plenty of weed seeds to keep them well fed, and it is so enjoyable to hear them flying about as I am passing the east side of the lake. They are basically in the area of Swallow Scrub, for those of you that requested maps of the lake to refer to specific areas.
Crows and Gulls
The American Crows have been hanging around with the gulls, in the hopes that they will feed them. Chances are slim for that, and the crows move on, but they always seem to have hope nearly every day.
Buffleheads in Action
The Buffleheads are venturing closer to shore, and I got pretty decent pictures of a couple of males. One was in the process of a dive, and another one was taking off from the water. The take off was definitely better than the one in last week’s edition.
The Double-Crested Cormorants are still on the lake. A few of them also tend to stay around the gulls, but they generally stay to themselves.
Mockingbird at His Best
Our Northern Mockingbird has been eating berries from some of the trees and I captured a shot of him in action.
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron that tends to enjoy having his photo taken has been on the mainland for the past couple of days, behind Mockingbird Tree, as you can see here. Since the Southern Cove has been dry for a while now, he seems to prefer being around this tree. As you recall, I found him up in this tree a number of times, so perhaps he feels at home here for the winter. There is plenty of fish in the lake, mice in the area, so it all depends on how much cold he is willing to handle. I honestly can’t fathom him spending the entire winter here, but we shall see.
Is anyone still experiencing migratory birds in their areas, or has that traffic come to a screeching halt?
Until next week, keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding! And Merry Christmas to every bird, one and all!