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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday October 28, 2012
As It Gets Cooler
The nip is in the air at Boomer Lake and all the birds are beginning to feel it, except for the water birds, who are made for any weather. Many of the gulls are still coming through from the north, on their way further south. It is pretty apparent that the first season immatures are seeing many things for the first time, and I find it amusing how they relate to egrets and herons.
Painted Turtles Are Still Active
Painted turtles have been sunning themselves on logs, and I believe next week will be warming up again, so they will still be around.
A group of six Common Snipe were on the lake Wednesday, which is the largest group of them that I have seen yet. They had been feeding in the mud off the sandbar just south of Veteran’s Memorial on their way southbound. I saw them for a couple of days, but it appears that they have left. There could be a few more stragglers next week, so we’ll have to see if there are more that will be coming through.
American Black Duck!
On Saturday, I got to see a male American Black Duck, who appeared to be paired with a female Mallard. This duck was a bit larger than the Mallards, and definitely darker. The iridescent green coloring throughout his body was very apparent, and he was absolutely gorgeous. Quite frequently, these ducks will cross with Mallards, which makes a very good-looking mix. I haven’t seen any since I worked the Athos I oil spill in Delaware. They are more aggressive than the Mallards, and will push them around. I witnessed a couple of “quarrels" that this black duck had with a couple of Mallards, so the others did their best to stay out of his way. The couple appeared to be gone today, but I’m sure that more will be seen.
The Southern Cove
Most of the Mallards are staying in the sheltered southern cove, which still has water in it, even though it has been such a dry season. As they are dabbling ducks, there is still plenty of vegetation on the bottom to keep them very well fed. Since it has been cooling down, a little rain is bound to fall to keep the area well-watered. A Great Blue Heron also frequents the area, which is an excellent place to obtain small fish. I watched him for a good twenty minutes, and he was grabbing fish constantly.
'Tis the Season for More
Due to the past couple of frosts over the week, most of the summer flowers are now gone, and the leaves have been blowing away in the breeze. A few Northern Cardinals are still around, so it is a lot easier to see them in the trees without all the usual leaf cover. Before we know it, all the trees will be abed for the season, since the sap is definitely coursing through them much more slowly. So now I will bid you adieu until next week, when I have things to report after Hallowe’en has passed. May you all have a wonderful Trick-Or-Treat and All Saint’s Day.
Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds!