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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday, November 11, 2012
It has been an interesting mix of weather this week, and there also has been an interesting mix of birds to go with it. There’s a lot of news to report, as fall and the weather have been doing what is natural. Today is raining and as I sit in my living room writing this with my cup of coffee, I’m thinking about what the year has brought. I certainly didn’t expect to see so many different types of birds, and I am forever grateful to be in a part of the country where I have seen so many, some of them for the first time in nature.
Several windy days were experienced this week, and the Ring-billed Gulls were in action riding the updrafts. I managed to get a handful of pictures, and this one was the highlight. The wind distorted the photos to some degree, but it was rare to have these gulls so close, so I decided to take my chances. What do you think?
This female Northern Shoveler was enjoying herself at the Southern Cove and has been there for a while. Since the time change has come, I am able to get out earlier and make more use of photo taking opportunities when the birds tend to be around and are all feeding. Even one sneaky little American Coot has been at the Cove, trying to get what it can from the Mallards.
These are baldcypress cones in the fall. This tree is on the mainland, but there are many trees that grow in the water and on the edges of the water. I find the wide-spreading root system interesting and intend to get a few photos of trees near the water for you to see and appreciate as I do.
Most of the Blue Jays in these parts tend to hide in the trees, so this was an opportunity that I could not pass up. They always announce their presence, but rarely show themselves in the wide open like this one did. This was another one of those times that I was in the right place at the right time.
I made a couple of treks to the Northern Reaches looking for fall ducks, but didn’t find any. Since most of the leaves have dropped, I did see that’s where many of our birds that disappeared from the main area of the lake went. Due to the close proximity of the trees, it was rather dark, so I wasn’t able to get many pictures of them on these cloudy days. I observed the American Robin, Northern Flicker, Red Headed Woodpecker, and the Red-Bellied Woodpecker. This group of robins were at the water’s edge to get a drink, and were all lined up in a row for this shot.
There’s a little bad news, and my heart sank when I saw that Woodpecker tree is down. We have had several windy days lately, and they took their toll on this old, rotten tree. As you recall, the European Starling took over a Red-Bellied Woodpecker’s cavity in the spring. This was that particular tree, and here is a picture of one of those cavities. These were the weakest part of the tree, as the walls were so thin. Alas, but now I will be sure to keep my eyes peeled for the new spring home when it is time for nesting.
New Ducks on the Scene!
Here’s a couple of pictures of the fall ducks. I know that they aren’t very good, but if and when these ducks come closer, it is the best that we have right now. Surprisingly, we are looking at three kinds of ducks: Redheads, Canvasbacks, and the Northern Pintail! What a bonus to have all three ducks in one area. The red heads of the Canvasback and Redhead show up quite well, even out in the middle of the lake. All these beautiful ducks are divers, so I saw that they are all very sleek and fast when they want to be. If all goes well, I will try to get better shots so you can see how beautiful they all are.
This wraps up this week’s edition, and I hope that you have all had success in seeing new birds, too. Keep an eye on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!