Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 27, 2013
Owl Targets Joggers?
Winston-Salem, MA has been experiencing thievery by owls. Hold onto your hats if you jog and live here:
- Sexton: ‘Whooo?’ Unidentified flying thief targets joggers - Winston-Salem Journal: Scott Sexton
Most days, Mitch Monroe minds his own business while he’s zipping through his early morning runs.
Common Loon Research
Ameritrade founder pledges $6.5 million to research saving the Common Loon in Maine. For more:
Cuckoos have striped breast feathers, which allow them to impersonate birds of prey. Read more at:
An Eagle Accused of Being a Spy
Here we go again. An eagle was held as a spy by a Lebanese terrorist group. For more disconcerting information regarding our avian population, read:
- Eagle held as 'spy' by Lebanon terror group | Fox News
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American White Pelican and Double-crested Cormorant
A pelican has been on the lake for several days now, hobnobbing with the Double-crested Cormorant population. It appears to me that these birds prefer each other’s company to that of their own species.
Gulls have been inbound, but none have been staying in the area yet. I have seen both Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s Gulls at this time. Last year, I didn’t pay enough attention and missed Glaucous Gulls. This winter, I intend to be more studious.
American Crow Corner
The American Crows have also returned for the season. They’re staying as far away as possible from people, but with a bit of luck, I hope to be able to get a good picture or two. Do wish me luck.
It appears that we might be experiencing a warming trend next week, so we’ll see what happens to blow in. It is always in one’s best interests to be mobile, so I’ll definitely be watching and waiting. I hope to be able to turn up something of interest, so stay tuned to my blog, just in case, so you can catch the breaking news as it occurs.
Great Egret and Great Blue Heron
There are still a few Great Egrets hanging around, as well as Great Blue Herons. Some of them have been getting under each other’s skin, too, which is rather common. I could tell that this was coming, so I positioned myself for a minute, and didn’t have much longer than that to wait for this.
The Northern Mockingbirds have also been feeling their oats. If they haven’t been teasing each other, they have been after Red-winged Blackbirds, the Red-shouldered Hawk, even the Great Blue Heron. Here’s the entire family in this shot. Stay tuned for additional antics, to which I know that there will be many.
They have been staying out of sight for unknown reasons, but the Northern Cardinal population has been increasing. I truly hope that we’ll get more than a few flakes of snow this winter, for I have been wishing for those beautiful red birds to be seated on an evergreen bough. There s nothing more beautiful and enticing to see a cardinal on white. Has anyone ever had any luck obtaining a photo like that in winter?
My eyes have also been peeled for a Bald Eagle or two. The Sooner Lake nest cam, just north of Stillwater, should be active soon enough. One or both members of the pair should begin visiting on a regular basis in December or January. If you happen to be in the area, keep a watch around 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., which are the approximate feeding times. Eggs are usually laid in February.
This is the end of my report for the week. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!
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