Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 14, 2012
Canada Geese at Their Best
These pictures of geese bathing are from Monday, which was down to 36 degrees F. Canada Geese are well-insulated, so it matters not to them how cold the water is, but I thought that you’d appreciate the fact that winter is coming eventually. Doesn’t it look like the water is cold?
I’d like to consider a few of these as portrait pictures, especially the Red-Winged Blackbird, who is back in action upon the lake again. These birds stayed away for the hottest part of the summer, hanging out in shaded backyards eating birdseed and living a temporary life of leisure. All of that has come to an end, and our pals are back in the limelight.
Which Way Did He Go?
I haven’t seen much of the American Wigeon at the end of the week. I’m not sure if the single couple has moved on, or I just am in the wrong place at the wrong time. Time will tell, and my sources tell me that it is still a little early for the rest of the fall ducks.
The Double-Crested Cormorants are increasing in numbers. They left the northeast, and since it is in the high 70’s and low 80’s around here, they’ll be enjoying our weather for a little while longer yet. I managed to capture a few interesting antics with them that I thought that you’d enjoy seeing. I never saw cormorants play before, so this was something new for me, too.
There are now two pairs of Pied-Billed Grebes on the lake! Unfortunately, the light wasn’t how I needed it in order to get them in a good shot, but perhaps the opportunity will present itself.
American Coot Feet
The American Coot made it onto the beach, so I spent as much time as I was able to observe them and had a good view of a pair. The surprising thing, is that their feet are huge and green. This was the first time that I had occasion to see that side of them, feeding on land.
A group of European Starlings were also enjoying the beach, and as you can see, bathing appears to be an enjoyable pastime. Don’t they appear to be having a grand time?
Gulls and a Pelican
A couple of Ring-billed Gulls were back in the area today. Also, a lone pelican was here this morning and was in the protection of Canada Geese and a Great Egret. There was a little bad weather here yesterday, so it appears that this one weathered out the storm. He didn’t seem to get up on his feet while he was on the lake, so perhaps he was resting and recovering. Hopefully, he will stay a few days, but I’ll have to see tomorrow.
For several days, I’ve been trying to get good photos of American Crows, and I finally got a couple of them together in a tree. One appears to be holding an acorn or a similar nut in his bill. I’ve been reading a book on ravens and crows, and it seems that they have been wary of people for quite some time now and are not well-treated by us. For decades, they have been accused of being harbingers of death, and people actually fear and chase them away or kill them. Therefore, they have learned to be quite cautious in avoiding potential harm.
This is the end of my report for the week and I’ll tell you more next week as events unfold. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!