Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday March 10, 2013
The Weather Was and Is in Flux
This week was filled with high winds and clouds for the most part, and even a little rain yesterday, but that didn't deter many of the birds. There were exemplary examples of many of them, including some unusual shots. The weather is in a very unsettled flux at this time, as we begin to head into tornado season for this part of the country. The birds, due to their natural abilities, can tell when bad weather is coming. They are very astute to changes in atmospheric pressure, so if you ever see birds running for cover, I'd do the same if I were you. They will know well before any weather folk can tell you, I guarantee it. If you think this is poppycock, ignore the birds and see what happens. You won't do it again.
Red-shoulder Gives a Lesson in Lunch
Monday was a day of rare beauty and an event that I will never forget. The Red-shouldered Hawk has been coming to visit frequently, and this day was no exception. I was getting a few fabulous shots, and pointed him out to passersby. I turned for a moment to talk to a group of people, and the hawk left. According to one of the people that I was speaking with, the hawk grabbed a mouse. I politely excused myself, and began stalking the hawk. The hawk was immersed in its meal, and paid me no mind. So, here are several shots that none of us will get to see a lot, unless we live near these wonderful creatures. Luckily, the mouse was prey, instead of another bird, which always tends to hurt me deeply. Mice are plentiful on Boomer Lake, and I share no real kinship with them.
On Wednesday, a couple of Great White Pelicans were resting on Goose Island. At first, the Canada Geese were not happy with their presence. The pelicans meant no harm, which the geese soon discovered to be true, and left them alone. However, they still demanded to be in the pictures with the pelicans, as some of them are not camera shy. At least one pelican has shown itself on-and-off all through the winter, even though it was rather cold at times.
I don't know if anyone has ever seen a Ring-billed gull carrying a stick around over the water, but that was observed this week. For the life of me, I am completely unable to figure out why the gull would do that. Perhaps it was bored, and that was something to do, I don't know. Has anyone else ever seen an odd expression like that? If so, do let me know, for I am curious.
Ducks and American Coots
There are still plenty of ducks around throughout the day. I have been observing them feed, sleep, and play on the water. With the choppy water, they haven't been getting much rest around here, which I'm sure is not a problem for them. Our crowd of American Coots are rapidly increasing, and this year, I will be watching for nests on the shoreline, as well as potential nesting activity. I would love to get some shots of some young ones this year, and who knows, I might just be lucky enough to do that. I also need to get to the Northern Reaches, and perhaps walk around the Great Blue Heron rookery, and see what I can spot for you out there, since the water table is still relatively low.
Stillwater residents--the city workers put up the martin houses on Friday, so we'll be waiting for that influx this year. It won't be long!
A Great Magazine that I Just Started to Receive
- Life at Boomer Lake with Deb
This appears to be the first of what seems to be possibly a weekly article by Deb Hirt. It talks about the birds and animals of Boomer Lake Park in Stillwater, OK.
I bid you goodbye for today, but keep your head in the clouds and your eyes to the ground. Happy birding until next week, and don't take any fish from a pelican!