Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday February 3, 2013
We Will Be Seeing an Early Spring!
This has been a terrific week, and I'm sure that you will notice something different here. Even though the mornings have been crisp, I had mentioned last week that I was under the impression that we were going to have an early spring. Then Puxatawny Phil, the groundhog from the Philadelphia area, agreed with me. I can’t take all the credit for my prediction, as the birds “told” me. One must learn to listen with their eyes instead of their ears, and birds will direct one accordingly. They really are very accommodating little creatures.
The Northern Reaches
My friend, Jeannie, and I managed to get together last Sunday and spent about three hours together. We began on the west side of the lake getting a few pictures and even had high hopes of seeing where the eagle’s nest might be, but we got sidetracked, since there wasn’t any place to park in that area.
We also wandered around the Northern Reaches, as much of the lake has dried up there. We made a crossing and found a rookery where the Great Blue Herons have been keeping themselves. So there really was a winter habitat for our group. We saw close to eight of them, and they were so irritated with us, they took to several trees for safety.
The afternoons have been relatively nice and sometimes the birds are out, and sometimes they are not. The cool mornings have brought a few ducks our way, and the pair of Belted Kingfishers have been enjoying themselves, too. They are noisy little buggers, so if they are around, they will be heard, first.
The Spring Cast is On the Way Home
Ducks, geese, and gulls have been most of the ones that are out, and I might make mention that an American Robin was in the heart of the park today, not just on the outskirts. The Mourning and Eurasian Collared Doves are getting ready for spring, too. For the first time today, I was greeted by a few Red-winged Blackbirds. I actually saw a few last week, but they were hanging around with other black birds. It is official, as they were perching on their usual reeds on the lake this morning. It’s almost like I was being greeted by old friends.
Several Canvasbacks were on the lake today, as well, and our Bufflehead count seems to be diminishing.
It Really is Still Winter!
It has not been hard to shift from winter to spring mode, but we will all have to beware Old Man Winter. He will surely rear his ugly head and give a few blasts of the arctic-like air, just to remind us that we cannot count our chickens before they are hatched.
So let me just say that the icicles won’t be hanging off my nose much longer in the mornings. Remember to keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week, and don’t take any wooden nickels from the God of Winter.