Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 20, 2013
Great Britain Will See the Great Bustard, Once Again!
The Great Bustard, a vulnerable bird in general, has been extinct in Britain since 1832, has laid some eggs. For the exciting news, do peruse the short article:
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Free Owl Calls
Just in time for Hallowe’en, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to you. This is a fabulous way to learn the calls of an assortment of owls.
Also from Birdorable, you can download free owl masks and free bird-themed pumpkin carving patterns. Get all this here:
- Last Minute Owl Costumes
Last Minute Owl Costumes
Free Bird-Themed Pumpkin Carving Patterns
Also from Birdorable, you can download free bird-themed pumpkin carving patterns. Get all this here:
Birdorable Blog Halloween will be here in just over a month! Shops are already offering scary decorations, spooky costumes, and piles of pumpkins. Get ready to dress up your pumpkins with some cute Birdorable birds! We’re offering four different cute
Everglade Snail Kite Making a Comeback
Due to the introduction of an exotic snail, the Everglade Snail Kite may not be critically endangered for long. Learn the latest here.
Paton's Birder Haven
Paton’s Birder Haven, in Patagonia, AZ, is a good news story. They set out to raise $300,000 so that the property could be maintained in perpetuity. They made 99 percent of their goal. To learn more about Paton’s, the #1 ranked attraction in the area, look no further:
Double-crested Cormorants at Boomer Lake
The Double-crested Cormorants have been steadily increasing their numbers and making themselves at home. They seem to realize that I am no threat at all to them, and have been behaving in a normal manner, which is basically, the ‘devil-may-care’ attitude. That is your typical cormorant, as you can see from these photos.
The Red-winged Blackbirds have been taking advantage of the weather, still showing up during early mornings and toward evening. Even though it has been a little cooler, they still don’t want to be out during the bright sunlight. Even so, the youths are growing up and are ready for their flights elsewhere when it is colder.
We are left with the resident Canada Geese, the others have moved on. Birds of feral stock appear to be increasing and becoming more permanent farther south, which I suspect will increase as long as winters are mild. However, everything is always subject to change, so we will see what winter holds for us this year and gauge accordingly.
The American Crow has also returned to the area, remaining distant at present, but as time goes on, and they become acclimated to the area, they will venture closer. As we discussed last year, the crow has not been well treated, so they have become rather shy.
Blue Jays are venturing a little closer to the lake, yet staying well within the boundaries of the neighborhoods. If you like to attract them and watch their antics, provide some peanuts in the shell, and they will soon be in your yard to partake of the spoils. They will also bring their close friends and relatives to relieve you of your offerings.
The Pied-billed Grebes showed up on Tuesday, numbering about a dozen, which is the most that I have ever seen together. They are also rather shy, and will rarely flock, which leads me to believe that this group just arrived in the area. For those of you that are curious, they just happened to receive that name due to the fact that they have a black stripe around that short light gray bill. Another interesting fact is that they have an air bladder that will cause them to rise and sink while diving. If you notice in this photo, this bird was getting ready to dive.
I also noticed that some of these stiff-tailed ducks were on the lake this afternoon. To be honest, I didn't expect to see these ducks quite so early in the season, which makes me wonder if we might experience an early winter. Let's see if the birds are sending me the right message.
The Spotted Sandpiper is also returning to the area, in non-breeding plumage for the winter. It is also known as the ‘teeter tail,’ as a common characteristic is bobbing its body up and down. It usually winters in South and Central America, so it won’t be around for very long. Last year, I believe I missed it for the short period of time that it was here.
Where is Boomer Lake?
Raptor Migration is at High Point
Raptor migration is generally during the month of October. For those of you that wish to keep a watch on this precious cargo, eBird has some wonderful information here:
My report has come to an end this week. So until next time, keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Enjoy the upcoming months for some additional migration, and as always, let me know what you’re seeing. Happy birding!
© 2013 Deb Hirt