Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday January 6, 2013
This was an incredibly good week at Boomer Lake, as many ducks made an appearance, along with a few other interesting guests. It fooled me, as it was rather cold, but it was not a deterrent for nature. It was well worth being cold, for I got some great pictures that I think you’ll all enjoy. Plant yourself in that favorite chair with a cup of cocoa, a few sweets, and see for yourselves what I saw.
The Pied-billed Grebe was very close to shore in a small area not far from the dry Southern Cove. I was behind a natural blind, and this little beauty is in his non-breeding plumage. Isn’t this a gorgeous little grebe?
Hooded Mergansers also made a welcome appearance. This was the first time that I had ever seen them in real life, and they certainly are impressive looking birds with that beautiful fan of feathers gracing the rear of their heads. Most of the time, females are so much duller and have a drab appearance. In comparison with these birds, that is not the case at all. Even though they have different coloring, they are still rather beautiful in their own way.
Here’s a decent picture of a Cackling Goose. This is a subspecies of the smaller geese. In this picture, you can see the short bill and how small they are in comparison to the Canada Geese.
Green-winged Teals are also very good looking ducks, too. They enjoyed being in the company of Mallards, Canvasbacks, and the Hooded Mergansers. As a matter of fact, most of these ducks are very social and don’t mind being around other species.
On Wednesday, while just exiting the parking lot where I work, I saw an American Kestrel fly in front of me and land on one of the letters for a sign. It was one of those rare times that I didn’t have a camera with me, but I suspect that I will see some at the lake sooner or later.
This female Belted Kingfisher has been around for several days, but she is on the shy side. Where she happened to be perching, I was having a hard time getting good pictures. One of these days, I’ll get myself a portable blind, but honestly, these are some of the closest pictures that I have been able to obtain for the kingfisher.
Where there are numerous ducks, the Bald Eagle will be, too. Ducks are lightweight and easy for an eagle to swoop down upon and grab. I first saw a pair of eagles on Thursday while walking home from work, so I made certain that I quickly got myself to the lake.
Hundreds of Geese in the Air
Also on Thursday, I saw hundreds of Canada Geese heading northward in just a couple of hours while I was at the lake. It was a beautiful sight, to see so many flocks at different heights, all of them calling as they were aflight. Even though it is winter, the sightings give every appearance that spring is not far off.
I heard a familiar call, and I managed to see this wonderful Red-Bellied Woodpecker. You can even see the red on the lower belly in this position. And look, it has a bug in its beak. How’s that for the perfect shot?
Great White Pelican
For the past couple of days, a Great White Pelican has been on the lake, which is rather unusual. He should have been down south by now, so I'm assuming that he either got lost or got hurt. I was afraid that he would get hypothermia, but he has come and gone, so perhaps he has been staying someplace other than being on water.
All in all, I sure have nothing to complain about this week. Some of the afternoons were feeling like spring, there were a number of great pictures to be had, and every chance that I get I will be enjoying the lake and bringing it to you wherever you may be.
Until next week, keep your head in the clouds and your eyes to the ground. Happy birding until next time, and don’t forget your cameras!
I nearly forgot about the three Gadwalls that I saw this week, too. I got a very close picture of one, who was almost near shore, but unfortunately, some of he high grass cast a shadow on that picture. However, this is not a bad shot here of one of the little darlings. Gadwalls are the grayest dabbling ducks that are in existence.