Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday March 3, 2013
A Scent of Spring is in the AIr
Once again, I welcome you to my neck of the country. Someone mentioned yesterday that they haven’t been to the lake, as nothing seems to be there. I consider myself lucky, as nearly every time I go out, I always manage to see something that knocks my socks off, as my friend, Jeannie says. Smiling as I think about that phrase, have I got a few things that will do the same thing for you this week.
The new camera is getting a little easier to use, though I still tend to experience a few problems here-and-there, but it is just the lack of experience. So, without further adieu, I bring you another edition of Boomer Lake’s events. It surprises me to stop and think that I have been visiting the lake for almost a year now, and this is my third camera.
Great Blue Heron has been around all year, and at the end of the light on Thursday, he gave me some wonderful things to see. Yes, he got his fish, and this is the first time that I have been able to get several shots of the process from start to finish. I call this series, “Now You See It, Now You Don’t.”
Greater Scaups and Ruddy Ducks
The Greater Scaups are still on the lake, as are the Ruddy Ducks, both beautiful birds. Ducks are one of my all-time favorites, mostly because they are so plentiful and have so many different kinds. If you get the opportunity to look them over fairly frequently, it becomes so much easier to differentiate them. You can even tell what they might be by their flight patterns and behaviors, when it is hard to see them.
The Red-Shouldered Hawk was around again yesterday. The light wasn’t quite where I wanted to have it, but now it is a little easier to manipulate it. He hopped on the ground once, and I thought for sure that he had some prey, but I didn’t see anything. Sooner or later, I’ll be lucky enough to catch one of the hawks having a little snack.
The Double-Crested Cormorants have returned for the cooler weather, and I might see one or two of them occasionally. Last summer, they were here in droves, and I recall getting ten or so of them in one shot.
This Bufflehead pair lives rather close to the shoreline, which is unusual, for ducks like these tend to spend the night in the center of the lake to keep away from predators. However, there is a couple of Mallard pairs in the same vicinity, so they could easily be another set of eyes and ears to help watch for predators.
Here’s a picture of a first-year American Robin. When I saw this bird, I just had to get a photo, so you’ll all have an idea on what a first-year looks like. They’re not too different, just a little more white than an adult, but still the same bird. This one is a real beauty.
Even though it has been between 27 and 32 degrees F most early mornings with a good amount of wind, it has been rather cool. It has been worth those mornings to get shots like these, and I can always warm myself up again at home once I get a bit of coffee in me. What’s an hour of cold these days, when spring is just around the corner? Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds until next time. Happy birding!