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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday December 9, 2012
I haven’t seen the Snow Geese since last Sunday, so there is a good chance that they were just passing through on that very foggy morning. It had been a small, low-flying flock of ten or so, and was very noisy. If any of you have seen these geese, they have a white body with black primary feathers and a pink bill.
Here’s a much better picture of the Dark-eyed Junco. They have been around steadily, and are always flitting about, making it hard to capture. It was rather cool that morning, and this one was displaying a smart little crest. The more I see these birds, the more I enjoy their personalities. Many of them have been under trees scratching on the ground and going within vegetation looking for food.
Mallard and Pied-billed Grebe
This wonderful opportunity to catch a Mallard drake and a Pied-billed Grebe together was uncanny. The lighting was right on target and they crossed each other’s paths while swimming. I had an idea that could happen, so as you can see, I was ready for it. Doesn’t this make a great picture?
The American Coot didn’t see where I was hiding behind a natural blind, so I managed to get this up close and personal shot. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy, too, but I thought that I would get the closest shots that I have ever obtained. For the most part, the better part of the week had either very cloudy or very foggy mornings, but that happens once in a while.
Great Blue Heron and Krider's Red-tailed Hawk
The Great Blue Heron is still around and was up in this tree the day before yesterday. Right around the corner and in a tree next door, happened to be the Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk, so I got two wonderful photos back-to-back. The Great Blue Heron is still hanging around the Southern Cove, even though it is dry as a bone, but he has favored this general area for quite some time now. The Great Egret has been gone for quite some time, and the heron can’t be planning to spend the winter here, but I suppose that stranger things have happened. With the odd weather that we have had this year, anything is apt to happen with our feathered friends.
This morning, the Lesser Yellowlegs was at the lake in a group of three. These sandpipers are quite a bit smaller and quieter than the Greater Yellowlegs that came to visit a couple of weeks ago. The lesser has orange legs and feet, and doesn’t seem to be as fearful of people as the greater.
All in all, it has been a rather interesting week, and I have found a new place to watch out for the visiting birds. There are several nooks and crannies around the lake that tend to be more inviting to birds that aren’t quite so familiar with the area. I will leave you with a few pictures that caught my fancy. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week!