Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday February 17, 2013
Seasonable Temperatures Have Returned
Temperatures were more in line with the season this week and we even had a smattering of snow on Tuesday. I was so hoping to get bird pictures in snow, but it was so wet, I didn’t want to risk having my camera out in the elements. I know that many of you have noticed a change in my pictures, and that is because I finally splurged and got a semi-professional camera. Now, mind you, I have a learning curve to go through, and I hope that my pictures have improved a little this week for your viewing pleasure.
Ducks are Back!
Mornings have been on the cool side, right around 26 degrees F. That is fine, though, as the ducks tend to show themselves more when it is more seasonable, so I got the opportunity to get better pictures of Canvasbacks and Gadwalls.
The Buffleheads are still around, and to be honest, they are one of my favorites. The males are so easy to spot with that bright white, and if you were as graceful as they are, you’d show off just a little, too.
Great Blue Heron is Still Eating
Toward the end of the day, I got the Great Blue Heron fishing with a decent sized fish for his efforts. It is getting to be close to spring, so the male that has been around all winter is displaying a crest, but it isn’t his full crest yet. They are beautiful birds and there is nothing ore graceful in flight than a heron. Who feels the same?
The Red-winged Blackbird is spending more time near the water, continuously calling, and they will soon be ready to mate, lay eggs, and have families once again. There is quite a crop of young this year, and some of the males only have partial epaulets, which is nothing unusual, but that is certainly one way to tell a first year male. There are more males than females right now, but this will balance out as time goes on.
Great White Pelican Pair
Yesterday, I was surprised with a Great White Pelican pair. I only saw one this morning, but that doesn’t mean that the other one is not around. There has been one around one-and-off through the entire winter. I met a couple this morning, who happened to ask if I saw the pelican, so I relayed my story of the one that I had seen over the winter. They seem to enjoy bird watching, as do many people in the area, and Boomer Lake is truly a hot spot for that sport.
The American Robins are increasing in numbers, and they also definitely feel that the better part of winter is over. There are still a few stragglers in their respective sheltered neighborhoods, but they will be on the lake ready to join the others before long. It is practically mating season!
The Dark-eyed Juncos are still out in force and a few will actually stop for a moment or two, so that one can get a good look at them. They are rather hard to spot, and naturally, that tends to happen when they are already in flight, which is going to be my next project, trying to get smaller birds in flight. They are a lot faster than the larger ones.
Sixty Degrees and More Pictures
This afternoon promises to hit sixty degrees, so I plan to be out and about once again, after I get this piece done. My friend, Jeannie, is able to go out for photos today, so I just as soon have her expertise while I try to get in a little more camera time.
Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week, and I hope that your birds are every bit as beautiful as mine!