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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday July 28, 2013
National Bird News
With help from the American Bird Conservancy, a number of places worldwide are having laws passed regarding bird-safe window treatments.
Oakland, California has become the latest to adopt new construction guidelines for avoiding the use of mirrors in landscape design, as well as ceasing the placement of bird attractants like plants near glass, and using lights that are less likely to serve as bird attractants. It joins San Francisco and the state of Minnesota in the United States and Toronto in Canada.
It looks good that less avian deaths will occur on these high visibility buildings now. Good work ABC, and we support you in your successful endeavors.
On July 24, a Slate-throated Redstart was found at Huachuca Canyon, on Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista, Cochise County, Arizona. This is a native northern Mexican bird, so finding it in this country is rather rare, though it has occurred. This information comes to us via the American Birding Association.
Juvenile House Finch
Being implored by youth to be noticed, isn't necessarily a bad thing if done in a positive manner. This young House Finch did everything possible to make sure that I noticed its great beauty in my travels. It made certain that it was admired and given appropriate admiration in order to make it into our weekly birding news.
The Mallard population is still working on breeding efforts, for I have seen a number of females with their young ones in tow over the past several days. Most of the males are still congregating near Goose Island as they are in their eclipse period, and cannot fly. A number of females are with them, too. However, the happy group has recently been infiltrated by young and flighted males, so there have been a number of skirmishes, which is not unusual during this time of year.
Most of the Great Egrets have been in the quieter parts of the lake, namely the Northern Reaches. Exuberant fisherman and pleasure craft operators have been on the main part of the water, which has been a big deterrent for our local egret population. I found a couple of neutral private spots for these birds, and managed to observe them for quiet a while during the end of the week. It seems that they have actually located the best fishing spots in the area.
Young Brown Thrasher
Finally, we have a fledgling Brown Thrasher, which I had an inkling we would be seeing. I feared that we had actually missed the bird, but earlier this week, I caught it. I believe that this is the only fledgling that we have from this nest. I have not noticed any other pairs on the east side of the lake.
Quite a bit of rain has been coming to the area lately, and I can show you the fruit of the Montezuma Baldcypress tree, adorned by this fine specimen of a female Red-winged Blackbird. There are some raindrops still showing on this tree, and I managed to get caught in another shower a short time after this photo was taken. I almost got a Northern Mockingbird next to the blackbird, but it left the area. Perhaps next time!
I still have not found the nesting tree of the goldfinch pair, but I do have several to choose from. Unfortunately, I am not going back into this area, as it is filled with some kind of bugs in the grass that had given me a number of bites. I'm sure that my mockingbird friend will let me know which tree they are nesting in fairly soon. Today, I got a few fine shots of Mrs. Goldfinch while she was taking leave of nesting duties to enjoy a bit of a thistle seed repast.
Red Eared Sliders
I haven't seen any evidence of young turtles, but the Red Eared Sliders are plentiful and doing very well. Most of them have been enjoying the sun, as usual, and I happened to catch this interesting shot while the sun was just in the right spot to create a very colorful appearance of these turtles.
These birds are now considering the sight of me rather commonplace so here are a couple of shots that you might find interesting. The best that I can tell is that there are at least six pairs of Dickcissel now. If you have them in your area, the best place to try to look for them is at the tops of trees. At first I thought that they were meadowlarks, so I was looking on the ground instead of where I should have been observing.
- Dickcissel - YouTube
This video portrait is constructed from clips gathered in early May of 2010 at the Bradford Farm Experimental Farm near Columbia, Missouri. Dickcissels were ...
This ends our report for this week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week, and give me a heads up if you have seen any unusual bird activity.
One Year Ago
- Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday, July 28, 2012
Here are the events of the week, with Deb Hirt's beautiful photos. Don't say that I never take you anywhere or show you anything!
- PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEB HIRT
Photos on all aspects of the natural world, featuring "Life at Boomer Lake".