Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday January 20, 2013
The Big Bird Has Landed
You know, I had better activity on colder days than I did on warmer ones. If you see a large flock of gulls in the air and you’re NOT at a food source, it definitely bears watching. This is the second time that I have seen this activity at Boomer Lake, and both times, the Bald Eagle has been in the area. I managed to get this shot of one of a nesting pair late Tuesday afternoon. I have a fairly good idea on where the nest might be on the west side of the lake, but I have not had the opportunity to investigate. There could well be chicks in the nest.
The Hover Craft
The Belted Kingfisher has been on the east side of the lake every day again this week, and she is allowing me a little closer each day. She is very vocal, so once I hear her calling, which she always does, I know exactly where to find her. Hopefully, one day very soon, I will be able to capture her hovering over the water, which has been a dream of mine. I can’t recall seeing anything quite so beautiful.
Wind Blown Hairdo
There’s been quite a bit of wind here lately, which has been coming off the Rockies. This is a common occurrence this time of year, which makes it a bit harder to get clear pictures. How about this wind-blown Northern Mockingbird?
The Ross' Geese
A pair of Ross’ Geese was amid a group of eighty or so Cackling Geese on Wednesday, another windy day, which was also cloudy. When I spotted them, at first I thought I had some large gulls, and you can bet that I was excited when I made the identification. I was able to get fairly close, but as you can see, these are quite a bit smaller than the Snow Goose, which is what I thought that I might have. These two are juveniles, their first winter. You can tell by the gray streaks on the head. Another way to differentiate this bird, is that it is missing the grinning patch of the Snow Goose. What a find! They weren’t here long, and I saw them westbound about a half hour after I spotted the group.
Late afternoon light isn’t really too common for me, so I caught these European Starlings at that time. I do so love the shine on their feathers and the appearance of stars on their bodies. I consider them a beautiful bird, even though they are not native to this area. Did you know that if you find a nestling, you can keep it, as they have no protection in this country? You can even teach them how to talk.
Here’s a first winter Spotted Sandpiper. There were three of them yesterday, including a couple of adults. They are such tiny little things, I nearly missed them at first, but I saw a fleeting movement and was fortunately enough to capture this young one for you to see.
The Killdeer have been out all winter. I have seen several good nesting spots while I have been walking closer to the lake over the winter. I have a good idea where I will see more eggs this spring, and maybe I can capture more young ones for you, too. Fortunately, the City of Stillwater will keep their mowers out of the area if nest sites are discovered.
The Northern Cardinal was posing for me today, so I thought that I would share this shot with my cardinal fans.
Bufflehead, Now You See Me...
Here’s a Bufflehead in the process of a dive. These are such strikingly beautiful birds, and seem to pop right out of the water when they resurface. I get the biggest chuckle out of that.
This is all I have for you this week. Keep your head to the clouds and your eyes on the ground. Happy birding!