Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 21, 2012
There are many Killdeer out on the beach now. The water level at Boomer Lake is even lower than it has been, so a few sandbars have opened up where they have been congregating regularly. These really are gorgeous birds, and they appear to be just as at home on land as on or near the water. Their call is most familiar and I am always happy to see them around, as their call reminds me of warm weather.
The Cormorant Family
The Double-Crested Cormorants have also been enjoying their time at the lake. I was able to get a few interesting poses of them at their best. I used to enjoy watching them at the bay where I lived in the Northeast, so they are very familiar. They remind me of days gone by, like an old familiar toy that has been in the family for generations.
This Northern Mockingbird was enjoying the sunshine in the early morning while belting out beautiful songs. If you ever happen to hear odd songs or doorbells ringing in the middle of nowhere, these birds will be your guilty party. Some of these birds can sing like birds that I have never heard before, so no telling how far some of them have travelled. Also, if you hear a bird carrying on in the middle of the night, this could well be your culprit. They tend to keep many people awake, especially if one happens to live where there might be a functioning streetlight.
Northern Cardinal News
Mr. Northern Cardinal was also available to be photographed while he was singing. Most of the time, these birds are easy to spot with that distinctive flash of red in the trees. Many of them also like to be in the limelight, too, and their mates don’t seem to mind, either. Wherever he is, she is usually never far away, unless she is sitting on the nest in the spring or summer.
Great Blue Heron
As you can see, the Great Blue Herons never go hungry. The ones on the lake happen to know where the fish are running, and generally every time I see them, I can usually catch at least one with a fish in its mouth. This fine specimen likes to hang around the quiet cove on the southeastern part of the lake and has been greeting me for the past several mornings. He is getting to be rather demanding on having his photo taken, too.
I really like the iridescent green on the Mallard drake. This is really a very handsome duck, who is in all parts of the world. I believe that most people are familiar with this good looking bird, who stopped just to have his photo in this week’s edition.
A young Ring-billed Gull was alone, and happened to be right in an area that I had easy access to get a few good shots. This is one of the most common and widespread North American gulls.
Don't Forget the Butterfly...
I got this butterfly photo in the wild asters this week. I believe that most of them have been migrating out of the area, so I’m happy that I was able to get a picture of this one around the wild fall flowers. Not only that, I promised that I would get it on here in this week’s edition.
Older News Worth Mentioning
I also identified the tree with the translucent orange berries from a few editions prior. It is the western soapberry. There are a few of them on the lake in various stages of their lives, so not all of them are bearing those gorgeous orange berries. Some of them have tiny red berries, and ones that are a little older have dark-colored berries. Thanks to Erin Johnson of Oklahoma Forestry Services for her help in the identification of this tree for me.
American Crow Beach Party
Today was the American Crow Beach Party. I was not invited to attend, but I was a watchful onlooker. As you can see, there was food and beach fun during this delightful event.
Everything is now up-to-date at Boomer Lake, and I hope you have enjoyed your time there with me. Keep your head in the clouds and your eyes on the ground until next week’s edition.